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Generic Levlite

A couple of generic Levlite products are currently available. These generic birth control pills are sold under the names Lessina (which is manufactured by Barr Laboratories) and Sronyx (which is made by Watson Laboratories). Although these generic Levlite products are equivalent to Levlite, they may contain different inactive ingredients.

Is a Generic Levlite Available?

Levlite® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is one of the many birth control pills currently available. It belongs to a group of medications known as combined oral contraceptives, so named because they contain both an estrogen and a progestin hormone.
 
Levlite is made by Berlex Laboratories. Generic Levlite is available, although it is sold under names that sound like "brand" names (rather than the usual generic name).
 

Generic Levlite Names

Currently, generic Levlite is sold under the names Lessina® (made by Barr Laboratories) and Sronyx™ (made by Watson Laboratories). The generic names of birth control pills can be very confusing; the names are long, and several different products can have the same generic name even though they are very different. To avoid confusion, the makers of generic birth control pills give their versions a "brand name," instead of using the standard generic name. These products are still generics, even though they seem like brand-name products. These generic products are usually less expensive and are more likely to be covered by insurance.
 

Are Generics Just as Good as Levlite?

All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide whether the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns each generic a rating. An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. Lessina and Sronyx both have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Levlite.
 
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers or dyes or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
 
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