A More Affordable Birth Control

Jul 3, 2008 Full story: Shape 470

If you take Yasmin, the answer is yes. The first-ever generic form of the pill, called Ocella, will be arriving at pharmacies as soon as this weekend.

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Amanda

United States

#1 Jul 5, 2008
Thank goodness this is out! But I recently got my insurance working so it covers 80% cept I have to PAY for the meds first and BCBS reimburses me! but hey this won't be so bad!
Jessica

Miami, FL

#2 Jul 6, 2008
I am soooo glad that the generic brand finally arrived at the pharmacies. I was paying too much every month, and my insurance was not covering much. Now I save a lot and all that savings will now go to the high rising gas prices. =)
Danielle

Mount Tremper, NY

#3 Jul 7, 2008
Oh thank god! It was such a surprise when the pharmacist said "good news" Yasmin costs me $30 each refill..and thats with insurance! Now its $10!! TEN DOLLARS! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You..its so worth it :)
Alabama

United States

#4 Jul 7, 2008
Just got my prescription of Ocella, the generic Yasmin, at my local well known named pharmacy and am extremely disappointed. The Ocella cost $51.93 for the 28 day pack and the Yasmin had been $60.58. Not much of a savings.
Emily

Gurnee, IL

#5 Jul 7, 2008
i have the Ocella $15, Yasmin $30 both 28 day pack. big difference in how much i spend. but now that i have it it makes me sick, i believe its the filler b/c the yasmine never bothered me
Marie

Medora, IN

#6 Jul 8, 2008
I just started using the Ocella on 7/3/08. On 7/4/08 I started getting sick. I wanted to make this generic work so i continued to take it. By 7/7/08 I was nauseaous and vomiting ALL DAY. Yasmin never made me that sick, ever. I stopped taking it on the eve of 7/7/08 (I take it at night) and now I get SEVERE abdominal cramping. What the heck is in this stuff. It's 7/9/08 and I'm still in severe pain. I'm a physical therapist and cannot even sit upright to treat my patients. this is no joke. I'm going to CVS today, 7/9/08, to have my pharmacist change me back...he changed it without asking me when I went to pick up my refill.
Wes

Brookline, MA

#7 Jul 8, 2008
I too just received the new generic, Ocella, and this is my 3rd day (7/8/08) on this stuff and I'm having extreme nausea as well. I searched online and I'm finding other similar cases. I don't usually get this sort of nausea from the pill. The pharmacist told me that the Ocella is the EXACT formula of yasmin and is even being manufactured by the same company. I'm convinced its the pill but I am unsure whether I would want to switch back so quickly since it may be something else. I'll give it one more day.
Trisha

New York, NY

#8 Jul 8, 2008
CVS also gave me Ocella instead of Yasmin. After taking it I developed a horrible headache. I was also nauseous, dizzy, and numb in my arms. I stopped taking it and I would warn others not to take it either!!
Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

#9 Jul 8, 2008
Ditto ladies. I started taking it yesterday! And today I had to miss work because I was so nausieted and dizzy. Calling my pharmacy ASAP.
My difference in price is now $60 for Yasmin and $35 for generic even though Yasmin used to be $35 on it's own. Not enough savings if I'm going to be missing work!
its BS

Sterling, VA

#11 Jul 8, 2008
Marie wrote:
I just started using the Ocella on 7/3/08. On 7/4/08 I started getting sick. I wanted to make this generic work so i continued to take it. By 7/7/08 I was nauseaous and vomiting ALL DAY. Yasmin never made me that sick, ever. I stopped taking it on the eve of 7/7/08 (I take it at night) and now I get SEVERE abdominal cramping. What the heck is in this stuff. It's 7/9/08 and I'm still in severe pain. I'm a physical therapist and cannot even sit upright to treat my patients. this is no joke. I'm going to CVS today, 7/9/08, to have my pharmacist change me back...he changed it without asking me when I went to pick up my refill.
Hey Lady, it's only 5p EST on 8Jul...how cud this b....
its BS

Sterling, VA

#12 Jul 8, 2008
sorry UR ill'in...but you shud give it a chance
Renee

United States

#13 Jul 8, 2008
thanks ladies for your warning! I just picked up my yasmin but got this generic pill and I came straight to the internet to see what's up with it. After reading this I called CVS and asked to change it back. I don't have time to get sick and no need to wreck my already out of whack hormones :)
Kelly from Indiana

Circleville, OH

#14 Jul 8, 2008
Cheaper...But Safe?
Under an agreement, Bayer, the company that makes
Sounds like there might be something else causing your nausea, because the generic brand is the EXACT same formula as Yasmin. Here is a portion of an article I just read. If Yasmin didn't make you sick, then ocella won't either.:

"Yasmin will provide a generic form to Barr Pharmaceuticals, the company that will package and sell it as Ocella. This means that the drug formulation is exactly the same, says Livoti. "It's when a generics company is manufacturing a drug, that there can be very slight differences in dose control compared to the original brand." (Even in that case, she says, 99 percent of people would not notice a difference.) If you take Yasmin, ask your doctor or pharmacist if the generic version is right for you.
Nancy

Houston, TX

#15 Jul 9, 2008
This is my third day and oh my god. I have severe rash and my eyes are swellen. my chicks and neck are red this is the other side effects that i found in the leaflet. oh my I'm very ugly now.
Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

#16 Jul 9, 2008
Kelly from Indiana wrote:
Cheaper...But Safe?
Under an agreement, Bayer, the company that makes
Sounds like there might be something else causing your nausea, because the generic brand is the EXACT same formula as Yasmin. Here is a portion of an article I just read. If Yasmin didn't make you sick, then ocella won't either.:
"Yasmin will provide a generic form to Barr Pharmaceuticals, the company that will package and sell it as Ocella. This means that the drug formulation is exactly the same, says Livoti. "It's when a generics company is manufacturing a drug, that there can be very slight differences in dose control compared to the original brand." (Even in that case, she says, 99 percent of people would not notice a difference.) If you take Yasmin, ask your doctor or pharmacist if the generic version is right for you.
It's not the EXACT same formula or it would be the EXACT same pill. The "generic form" is cheaper because the contents of it are cheaper.

Keep in mind they only test the birth control part, not the things that make it comfortable to take.

We are clearly the 1% that can tell the difference.
Reema

Tuscumbia, AL

#17 Jul 9, 2008
Im so glad im not alone in feeling sick when i started taking this. Ive been on yasmin for 5 years and started ocella 3 days ago and the first morning after(i take it at night) i woke up sick and have been since ive started taking it. Im going to wait it out a little longer, maybe my body is so used to yasmin it might take a lil while to adjust. They says it identical formulas, but yasmin NEVER made me sick....very disappointed. and for those of you who said its not much cheaper that yasmin, my pharmacist said it should go down significantly in the next 6 months, once its not so new! hope that helps
moe

Mount Joy, PA

#18 Jul 9, 2008
i have a question....i have virtually no information and received this pill the same as the rest of you. i even looked it up to see what they found in tests. i mean they obviously had to run tests..right? i cant find anything except on this board. now i havent gotten sick or anything i started monday with a double does and took one last night. my concern is how effective is it? and now that i am reading it i dont want to be sick. has anyone found anything other than this site and the fact that they were making this generic pill?
Megan

United States

#19 Jul 9, 2008
We all take generic medicines ALL the time....Why should this one be any different??? I mean, who really takes the original name brand for every medicine you take? I think a lot of this is just phobia about taking a new medicine, psychosomatic, you know? If you THINK the Ocella is going to cause side effects, it will, because our minds can fool us that way. I'm sorry if that offends. Ocella is the exact same formula as Yasmin. It's made by the same maker, Bayer.
OMGWTF

United States

#20 Jul 9, 2008
Arizona wrote:
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It's not the EXACT same formula or it would be the EXACT same pill. The "generic form" is cheaper because the contents of it are cheaper.
Keep in mind they only test the birth control part, not the things that make it comfortable to take.
We are clearly the 1% that can tell the difference.
No, it really is the EXACT SAME THING. Usually the first generic on the market is the brand name medication in a different package. When Lotrel went generic, for example, the capsules in the amlodipine/benazepril bottle even said LOTREL because they were, indeed, the brand name product in a different bottle.
Laurie

Newburgh, NY

#21 Jul 9, 2008
I take generic diabetes meds and I was told it is the same thing as the regular diabetes meds. When I went to pick up my Yasmin today, they told me that they now have Yasmin in generic form. Ok - so for $5, try it, right? I think generic is the same and it shouldn't be any different. I do agree what Megan said - that if you have a phobia, your mind will fool you. I'll give it a try and see - maybe even call my GYN and ask her if she knows of this new generic pill.

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