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I have been taking Apri for a few years now (two or three) and was switched to Reclipsen in May. The Reclipsen wasn't horrible but I did notice significant bodily changes. Not so much weight gain as "width" gain. My weight stayed about the same but my hip measurements went from 37" to 39" in just a few weeks (meaning none of my pants now fit). I also noticed that my brain felt foggy and that I felt weaker and more fatigued despite the fact that I regularly strength train.

The real problems started when, in June, I was switched to Emoquette. I not only continued to experience fatigue, fogginess and weakness but also serious nausea, vertigo and a return of the acne I haven't experienced since I started the Apri two or three years ago. The nausea has actually gotten to the point where I haven't been able to eat much more than an egg or half a cup of cereal in the morning and maybe a cup of whatever we have for dinner without feeling sick. In fact, the one time I did try to eat a normal day's meals I ended up vomiting. Despite the significant decrease in eating due to the nausea I haven't noticed any change in my weight or the width I gained on the Reclipsen or in my weight.

I thought I would try sticking it out, since the Pharmacist assured me that the two pills had the same active ingredients, but it has been two months now and the symptoms have only gotten worse. I read a thread on here that some people had similar problems switching from Apri to Reclipsen and I was wondering if anyone had similar problems with Emoquette. I have an OBGYN appointment at the beginning of next week so I wanted to get some perspective before I went and asked to be put back on Apri.

Also, I don't know if it makes a difference, but the pharmacy I use is CVS, but at this point I'm willing to make the trek to any pharmacy for Apri.
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replied September 14th, 2012
Apri vs. Emoquette
I was also on Apri and this month the Pharmacy gave me Emoquette and I feel awful. I am nauseous and exhausted and I have the fogginess too. I also have AWFUL breast tenderness. I took a pregnancy test today just make sure and it came back negative. I am assuming it is from the pill itself. It took me several pills before I found the Apri worked without making me ill, so I want to ask to switch back.
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replied October 29th, 2012
I too have had breast tenderness, exhaustion, nausea, cramping, irritability that is terrible. I told my doctor that I wanted APRI or Desogen but nothing else as I have experienced horrible results with anything but those two. They sent Emoquette and I have been miserable ( as has my family) ever since. The irritating thing is that my pharmacy cannot tell you if they have Apri or some other generic up front so I just had to drop $120 co-pay on Desogen as I cannot take any more Emoquette. I am miserable. Totally irritable, angry, exhausted to the point I took a pregnancy test. I am not pregnant and I knew I couldn't be. So irritating pharmacists and doctors switch us around as all generics are not the same. Hormones are so sensitive but have huge affects. So mad!
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replied February 16th, 2013
Sorry to hear you had problems getting Apri. Whoever told you at the pharmacy they can't tell you is lying. All they have to do is check their inventory-I used to work in a pharmacy, too. I went into Safeway today and asked if they carry Apri. They had Reclipsen, but my script said "requires Apri" (mostly because they couldn't remember the other name). The pharmacist looked on the computer and said she could order it to come Monday.
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replied September 24th, 2012
TOTALLY FRUSTRATED!!
I called in a refill for Apri last week, went to pick it up and they took it upon themselves to switch it with Emoquette. I basically threw a fit, b/c I too have been on many different types of BCP and Apri is the only brand that I do not have trouble with. They tell me that they ARE NOT available from the manufacturer anymore?? I had one pack of Apri left so I haven't tried the "replacement" ones yet....BUT I DREAD IT!!! If I have to start taking them before Apri becomes available again...I will let you know how I reacted to them.
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Users who thank jennylyn for this post: Desogenlover 

replied October 29th, 2012
I am so sorry. The same thing happened to me. I SAID DESOGEN OR APRI...NOTHING ELSE. They sent me Emoquette. Tired, grumpy, irritable, so bloated I am miserable, my breasts are so sore taking them out of my bra hurts. I am so mad. Hormonal shifts matter and not all generics are made the same. Emoquette is awful.
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replied February 16th, 2013
Apri is still available. Three months ago I went to pick up my pills and found they changed them again. I originally started with Reclipsen years ago, then I was switched to Apri which was great. Then I picked up the Emoquette - haven't had a period since and I KNOW I'm not pregnant. I went to Safeway today and told them my doctor (who I just saw this week) gave me a script that stated I had to have Apri (I would have taken that or reclipsen, but they couldn't remember the other name). The pharmacist said she could order it and it would be there Monday. So, it's still available, somewhere. My doctor's office said they had LOTS of complaints from their patients on Emoquette.
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replied September 26th, 2012
Just took my first Reclipsen from Apri.

Nervous.
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replied October 4th, 2012
could very well be one of the "fillers" aka inactive ingredients. A lot of people are sensitive to additives in meds (including me) and the FDA does not regulate what pharm puts in them, other than the active ingredients.

my pharmacist too, just switched me and said she has a bunch stockpiled, but a lot of people to give them too and she doesn't know if Barr will be making more apri, or when qualitest is going to send her more emoquette. I've been on this particular formulation since I was 14 for PCOS (I am 26 now) and every time I try to come off I feel like I am dying. Literally, I get so nauseous and I break out like I'm 17 again I turn into a total bear and I eat like one too! :-}..aaahhhhh

here are the ingredients for apri red, and white placebos, and emoquette white and green placebos respectively.

If you site down and google for awhile you will see that a TON of people are allergic to stearate/stearic acid, cellulose, etc.

Hope this helps someone! I hate big pharm and if I didn't HAVE to take some of these meds (mostly because coming off them is nearly impossible if you are on them for long enough), I would def not be. The people at the top in their big office chairs care about one thing: MONEY. And they have little care for us "sensitive" folks wayyyy farther down. Don't even get me started on healthcare I'll stop lol.

Inactive ingredients include colloidal silicon dioxide, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, povidone, pregelatinized starch, stearic acid, titanium dioxide, and vitamin E.

white inactive tablets for oral administration, containing the following inactive ingredients: lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and pregelatinized starch.

Inactive ingredients include colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, povidone, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, stearic acid and vitamin E.

Each light-green tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: FD&C Blue No. 2 aluminum lake, hypromellose, iron oxide yellow, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, and pregelatinized starch.
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Users who thank cduval04 for this post: Desogenlover  Desogenlover 

replied October 29th, 2012
Yeah, I have PCOS too. Other birth control pills have made me miserable expect Desogen and Apri. Why would they get rid of Apri? It is the best generic. Who could we write to beg them not to do it??
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replied October 31st, 2012
I emailed the manufacturer of Apri Oct 29, 2012 to find out if they are going to stop making it and this is what they said.

Hello,
We have not discontinued Apri. It IS, however, on back order at this time. Right now, it is expected to be in pharmacies within the next 8 weeks, but this could change. If you feel like checking back in a few weeks to see if we are still on track, we will have no problem looking it up for you. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do, have a great day

Sincerest Regards,

Customer Service Department
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replied October 12th, 2012
emoquette vs apri and health issues
I too was switched from apri to emoquette. When they told me that the manufacture stopped making apri I made certain I was not going on reclip. I had a horrible time with it in the past. they assured me emoquiette was the same as apri. FALSE! 2 Days into Taking it I was hospitalized With the rapid heartrate which I've never had before. Now they're throwing around tachycardia and svt. I am now on high blood pressure medication and I have never had a problem with either before I started taking emoquette. i was on apri for 15 years w out ever having a problem. no longer on the pill per the dr. to make sure that pill was the problem. Really watch this pill ladies. bring back apri!
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Users who thank belle7686 for this post: Desogenlover 

replied October 20th, 2012
I'm so glad I'm not the only one experiencing this! I have been switched from different pills numerous times over the past 5 years (I am 20) and Apri was the only one that worked for me. Didn't gain weight, didn't have crazy mood swings, no acne, and my cramps were almost completely gone. But my student health pharmacy switched me to Emoquette this month and said it was the same as Apri. Found that hard to believe right off the bat. I explained I have had problems with switching pills in the past and they assured me I should be fine. I'm only on day 5 and I have been nauseous since I started! Fatigued and have headaches as well. Glad to know the nausea is most likely from the pills instead of something else. I will be going to my doctor to demand different pills. I refuse to feel like this because they decided to switch my pills. I want Apri back!!!
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replied October 29th, 2012
Thank you, all of you for posting. I have felt miserable so it is helpful to know the Emoquette has the same effect on many of us that have found success on Apri and Desogen. Problem with Desogen is it is $100 more for a three month supply than Apri. I wonder if we can all write the manufacturer of Apri and tell them not to stop! Emoquette needs to stop being manufactured. It is awful.
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replied October 29th, 2012
Hi again,
Thanks for all the replies, nice to see I'm not the only one. I asked my doctor and she just wrote me a prescription for Apri and wrote "no substitutions" on it. So I am back on Apri. I don't know if the switch was because Apri is going to stop being made or if it was merely a switch by the insurance (or pharmacy).
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replied October 29th, 2012
Let us know how the "no substitutions" works with your prescription! I have a doctors appointment in 2 weeks for birth control so I will tell her to do the same with my prescription. I have just been so miserable since the switch from apri! Also, on the subject of Apri being discontinued, I have done some research and haven't found anything. So who knows.
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replied October 29th, 2012
My pharmacy says its been back ordered since august. I feel like calling Barr laboratories to find out what the heck is going on!
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replied December 23rd, 2012
itching
I took apri for years, and then was switched to emoquette. I started this terrible itching, which I still cant figure out which ingredient would cause it. I itched for months, going to the doctor only to be told I needed to change laundry soap. Finally, after a week of no itching, I realized it was the week I was not taking the pill. With a lot of trouble, i switched back to Apri, no more itching. Anyone else have this SE?
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replied January 30th, 2013
Emoquette
I have been on a numerous amount of different birth control pills in the past 8 years I have been taking the pill. From Apri, to orco, orco-tri, yasmin, and many more.. The problem is pharmacies alway switch my generics, and some of these pills always make my perioc cycle irregular.

I have always been fortunate to have really good, clear skin, until I was switched to Emoquette, by the second month of taking it, I now have terrible acne, I am not exaggerating this. I have bacne, and acne all over my face, cheeks, forhead, near my eyes, chin and nose. It is out of control. Thank god I am done with this pack. I will never take it again. It is good to know that all of the inactive fillers in the pill is probably what is causing this. F*** Emoquette, get it off the market!
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replied February 7th, 2013
emoquette the worst generic birth control
omg! i was taking apri for years and all of sudden target pharmacy switched my apri to reclipsen without calling me ahead of time they said they ran out! and teh i switched my pharmacy and was given emoquette and was told it as the same as apri! the next month i came back demanding my apri because it broke my face out and i have been getting terrible stomach craps and bloating. i noticed weight gain and im very tired. the pharmacy told me that it was no loner manufactured so now taking it a few months now i have the worst breast soreness! im not taking this anymore! i have an appt with my gyno tuesday!
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replied February 17th, 2013
I hope you found out Apri is still made. It was on backorder last October. I just went to see my doc this week and they gave me a script for "Requires Apri". I went to Safeway and asked the pharmacist if they had it in stock. They didn't but she could order it and get it in by Monday. I was not happy to be switched to Emoquette either. I've gained 12 pounds and the only thing I could attribute it to was change in medications, but no one believed me. Now I know I'm not the only one!
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replied March 14th, 2013
Why not take the emoquette off the market?
I had been taking apri for years until this past September, then my pharmacy switched me to emoquette. I felt crappy for a while before I attributed it to the pills. I work night shifts so I kept thinking it was just catching up with me but then I put it together. On the emoquette I put on tons of weight and had gastric reflux and indigestion unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life, I started taking zantac because as I said, working nights I attributed it to eating at the wrong time of day. One night I ate a rice crispy treat and drank water and I felt like I was breathing fire! I also had NO energy. I drew the line when I could tell my heart rate was high; I have always had a heart rate that runs at the upper end of normal, right around 100, but on this medication I tested my heart rate with a monitor at the hospital where I work and I was up as high as 145. When I didn't realize it was the emoquette I complained to my doctor who put me on a 24 hr monitor and I was up between 150-160. I was light headed and felt like my head was spinning all the time. I asked the pharmacist finally if they could get my other, apri, back. I told him I could have my doctor write "brand necessary" on my prescription. He said yes they could order it and that a new prescription wouldn't be necessary, but that it was more expensive. I did not care. It's worth it not to feel that horrible all the time. I'm back on the apri now and I feel normal again. I don't even have to take Zantac anymore.
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replied March 18th, 2013
Emoquette is a horrible birth control pill
OMG!!!! I have been on emoquette for 2 months because I am about to do IVF. This birth control is the worst. I have break through bleeding and bad cramping that runs down my legs. My sex drive is gone. I am moody and so bloated. I look like I am 4 months pregnant. This is the worse birth control pill ever. I feel awful! I am glad to know that its not just me.
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replied March 18th, 2013
Emoquette is a horrible birth control pill
OMG!!!! I have been on emoquette for 2 months because I am about to do IVF. This birth control is the worst. I have break through bleeding and bad cramping that runs down my legs. My sex drive is gone. I am moody and so bloated. I look like I am 4 months pregnant. This is the worse birth control pill ever. I feel awful! I am glad to know that its not just me.
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replied March 26th, 2013
Emoquette no more
I was put on Emoquette because I wanted to delay my period before going on holiday with some friends. It did work in that regard, so no complaints there. However, I have felt so tired but have been unable to sleep, sad, hungry for no reason and overall very foggy. Not to mention I am dealing with a terrible breakout of acne. I just called my doctor to tell him I am done with this pill.
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replied April 5th, 2013
Generic brands are the same Ha!
I'm sorry but generic brands don't work. I was on one years ago that was the original form of Reclipisen, I think it was called EstroFE something or other. I loved it, shortened my period to poof two days, hardly ever had cramps. Then I guess they stopped making it and then I was on Reclipisen, I got fat, I was a size 5 and blew up to a 10 in half a year! I was cranky! It didn't do any of the beneficial things it's true form did. I was dizzy, weak and nauseous all the time. I stopped taking it.

I went to the doctor later and had all kinds of issues female which required surgery and my doc, who's awesome, puts me on Apri. I got Apri from my pharmacy one time I always got their generic Emoqutte, they claimed it was something about my insurance. Come to find out without insurance Apri and Emoqutte are on $4 difference and less than $40.

Anyway Emoqutte has never really worked, I'm moody, everything kind of sets me off, I am emotional and sad all the time. This is not my personality. The month I got Apri, I was productive and felt lighter. I still have long 7 day periods with heavy bleeding and painful cramps. The problems I had before surgery have come back I'm guessing and these generic brands don't work. I miss the days of being emotionally in control, short mostly cramp free periods and such.

I'll say it again Generic Brand Birth Control Pills don't work. Maybe generic penicillin works but you can't fib with the uterus, it's far to smart and knows what's best for it.
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replied May 21st, 2013
I was on Apri for years, and then the mail order pharmacy switched me to Reclipsen. They swore it was the same active ingredient as Apri, so I figured "What the heck....6 of one, half dozen of the other." Not so much....the Reclipsen is causing me to have an allergic reaction to the sun! I'm not a sun worshipper - I'm Irish, fair skin, red hair...I got out of my way to avoid the sun and wear SPF50 (or better) if I'm going to be outside! Since starting the Reclipsen, just taking a walk outside is causing an awful rash (worst of it on my hands, but it ends up being pretty much all over). No more substitutes for me!
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replied July 11th, 2013
Hello - I was on Apri and was switched to Reclipsen and finally they switched me to Emoquette. Emoquette is the worst! Has anyone been able to successfully switch back to Apri? I know the CVS is giving out the emoquette so is there a way around it? Thank you.
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