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Loestrin 24 Fe - are the chewables really the same?

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I have been on Loestrin 24 for about two years and have had no side affects I absolutely love it. My gyno just told me that Loestrin 24 is switching to a chewable form with a different name. She told me that I can either take the chewables or switch to generic Loestrin which has seven days of placebos instead of four. When she was talking about the chewable version she kept saying things like APPARENTLY it's the same thing and SUPPOSEDLY it's as effective. Basically she seemed very skeptical of the chewable and pushed for the generic kind, which is what I opted for. I still have three months left of Loestrin 24 so I have time to decide. I'm just wondering what the real story is here - are the chewables really the same? What have been your experiences on the generic Loestrin and switching birth control in general?
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replied August 31st, 2013
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
Although chewable forms give the same protection, switching to generic form may be better (with better compliance), and keeping the hormonal dosage and content same to avoid changes in hormonal pattern, period pattern and risk for pregnancy. If worried, consider taking a second opinion from another gynecologist on this and then proceed with your decision.
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