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I had been on Yaz for about two years and it was great at controlling my PMDD. When the generic version of Yaz (Gianvi) came out, I switched to that to save on the prescription cost. I've now been on Gianvi for about 4 months.

My pharmacist told me I wouldn't notice a difference, but I have been experiencing severe moodiness again and am going to switch back to Yaz. Is this common, has anyone else noticed this after switching from Yaz to Gianvi?
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replied September 11th, 2010
I've heard from other people that Yaz and anything like it can and have caused severe moodiness. When I was Yasmin (which is apparently the same thing as Yaz), at first everything was fine, no spotting, no weight-gain, no nausea, but after a couple of months I was a monster. HORRIBLE PMS (my worst PMS symptoms are like...crying here and there, but this was crazy!)Terrible mood swings. So yeah, I think the generic brands that you are taking may cause that in some people. It's a BD thing, unfortunately.
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replied September 21st, 2010
gianvi side effects
i have been on gianvi for the last three months. despite the fact that everyone says it the 'exact same thing' I have noticed a lot of differences already. I've had moodiness as well, but nothing severe. What I've noticed most is that I feel like I have gained about 10 pounds in this short amount of time in addition to having acne and I've been spotting for the last week. I am in the very middle of a pack & this is the third month. i've already called my pharmacy to be put back on yaz, because not having these kinds of side effects are already worth the money.
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replied July 26th, 2012
I was put on Gianvi a month and a half ago and I can't believe how much weight I had gained, before I knew it I was 8 lbs heavier than the month prior and with no reason, if anything I have been working out more. I just put the 2 together and switched back to YAZ this morning, I am so upset though because I am leaving for my honeymoon this weekend and I feel so heavy and uncomfortable. How long did it take your weight to go back to normal or at least feel less bloated?
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replied September 25th, 2010
Gianvi, Birth Control
i`m on my second pack of gianvi, about the second week in. (third week starts on sunday, it`s friday right now.)

i started birth control not because i wantedohsodesperately bigger breasts (seriously, birth control is not for your damn little a cups, get the frik over yourself), but because i have severe cramps. i get horrible cramps from both sides of the family, and i tried 800mg ibuprofen (+ heating pad) for around seven months, and finally i gave up and decided to try birth control. (which is what my doctor had wanted me to do from the beginning.)

like i said, i`ve only been on it for about a month and two weeks, and my doctor said it`ll take three months for my body to completely adjust to it and all that. (i`m sixteen by the way.)

already i have had several blow ups at my girlfriend over really stupid things, and i have cried like someone is dead. (which i used to do when i pmsed which is also why i asked about birth control.)

thankfully my girlfriend is wonderfully patient, but still. these emotions get so strong and i`m really hoping it`ll pass. i`m already kind of pissy as it is, so i`m really hoping it`ll tone down after a while.

also, even though this seems freakishly common, my breasts are totally freaking sore. some days are worse than others. and it`s just my breasts, not my nipples or anything. i want to say they`ve grown a smidgen but i can`t tell, seeing as i guess on all my bras.

(30 c, 34 c, 32 d, etc. i need a small band, preferably 30, or 32. the cup size depends on the bra. it`s the straps that give me hell. i`ve tried countless bras, and my chest is still not held very well. i`m sixteen and i have saggy breasts. not the most attractive thing out there.) anyway, i keep thinking they`ve gotten a little bigger for whatever reason.

also, i drink water like crazy at night. (maybe that`s from my iron deficiency though? heavy periods + iron deficiency = not fun.)

basically: no vomiting or anything. (although i have been getting a little car sick-ish lately, and i never really do.)
sore breasts
maybe slight size gain in breasts
up the butt moodiness
drinking tons of water

oh, and around the first two weeks, i was totally on a yogurt kick. i would go through two packs of four, a day. and i would literally crave it, like i would start crying if i didn`t have it. it was very, very, very strange. not sure if that has anything to do with birth control though.

well, that`s my two cents.
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replied September 27th, 2010
BOYCOTT GIANVI AND OCELLA
Unfortunately, we cannot always trust what a pharmacist has to say. This is my 2nd stint with "generic" Yaz and Yasmin. I've been taking Yasmin for near 8 years, and absolutely love it! The pharmacy offered Ocella to me, at one point, to save $10/month. Something wasn't right, so I switched back to Yasmin. Finally, I asked the doctor to try Yaz. No problems with Yaz either! Great pill, clear skin, no bloating, no emotional problems, no cramps, nothing. Great pill - Yaz and Yasmin. Well, the pharmacy switched me to Gianvi without asking me. I thought, it's not Ocella, so I will give it a go. Last month, I had my period for 2 weeks and gained 6 pounds. I have been very moody, severely depressed (to the point I was thinking about a shrink), and my skin is a disaster. This month, I've gained 10 pounds, can't wear my normal clothes, my skin is a wreck, my eyes are red, even my shoes are tight. I hate everyone at work, I hate my customers, and I'm overall a giant, emotional disaster! I have not changed my low cal, low fat diet at all. My diet has been consistent for 2 years.

Needless to say, this morning at 3am, after reading that Bayer sued Teva for a false label, I went to the pharmacy and demanded my Yaz! Yes, crazy after taking Gianvi, I couldn't wait till the morning to go. Today is day 1 back on Yaz.

DO NOT TAKE OCELLA OR GIANVI
PERIOD!
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replied April 24th, 2011
As a pharmacist, I tried switching from Yaz to Gianvi in Oct/2010. I gave it another try this last month&1/2, because it's 'supposed' to be the same, has to meet the FDA equivalency requirements to be marketed as a generic. Everything you mention has happened to me, as well as severe nausea and severe headaches- DAILY. This is one generic that fails miserably in my opinion- stay away!
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replied September 28th, 2010
I second the BOYCOTT!!
I'm so glad that I stumbled on this forum! I thought I was going crazy! I have been taking YAZ for almost a year and have been loving it. Then, all of a sudden, when I go to pick up my monthly prescription, I am told that I cannot have my YAZ because a generic has come out (to which I replied "Isn't that illegal since they have a patent?!-- Yeah, I know what goes down.. hahaha) But anyway, they refuse to give me my YAZ and say that the Gianvi cost less anyway, which for me wasn't true since being on MassHealth gets me all my medication for less than $10 anyway. Needless to say I was pissed. So I called my gyno and he had no idea they had come out with a generic (Yeaaaahhh.. really happy at that point). He told me to try it out and if I dont like it, I could always go back to YAZ. Well, I tried it, for about 4 months now and... I HATE ITTT!!! It's have Effed up my cycle and I've always had a normal cycle. I've gain almost 10 lbs and for someone who has been the same exact height and weight since highschool, I'm not happy. Also, the amount of discharge I have has changed also, which is starting to make intercourse painful (totally blows because the only reason I went on BC was so I could be safe with my boyfriend). And lastly, I have become a damn crazy person!! 2 weeks ago, I cried over a sandwich ANDDD after a year of bliss with my wonderful boyfriend, when had our first real fight. I know that sounds weird but if we werent dating, I'm sure we'd be bestfriends that lived together, thats how well we get along.

FINAL THOUGHT: I second the Boycott of generics! I'm switching back to YAZ at the end of the month and I'm getting my damn life back to normal!
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replied November 27th, 2011
Wow everything you guys are saying is so true!!! I'm 16 and I've been on like 3other birth controls and I cnt find the right one. I have to take medicine to prevent my mograines becuz I get them on a regular basis and so no birth control is really " safe" to take while im taking my migraine medicine. So I switched from the depo shot to a pill that had no estrogen but it was like a three month pack and it was horrible then I stopped takin them all together becuz they mess with me so bad and now my Dr thinks its a good idea to put me on Giavani she told .me I was gonna be on yaz she lied or the pharmacy did and I have had horrible things from this pill I feel like I would think a pregnant woman feels I'm incredibly to moody I am nauseas all the time I swear I've gained like 10 lbs and this only my 3rd week and I've swear I've gained a cup size and my boobs are incredibly sore what is wrong with this pill the only.reason I'm on north control is becuz I have intense cramps to the point were I dnt even go to school during my.time of the month I need to find something new once again any suggestions?
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replied February 2nd, 2012
I know excactly how you feel! I had the same thing happen to me, and I only got on birth control for the same reason. I have been on it for five months now and I'm a miserable wreck. My boyfriend for also over a year have never fought as much as we do now. I hate it so much. ):
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replied October 8th, 2010
so glad someone understands!
i thought i was losing my mind until i went to take my gianvi today and the thought hit me...maybe this new generic yaz is the reason why im crying 24/7 cant get a grip full of anger and hate everyone oh and cant fit in my bras.Ive been on Yaz for over two years and my PMDD has changed dramatically for the better! Ive been on the generic the past 3 weeks and i feel like my old psycho self again and im miserable.This forum has made me feel like im not crazy it sucks we all had to go through this but i just feel so much better knowing im not alone. I got so out of control tonight i really started to worry.im switching back to yaz in 2 weeks i hope i can make it this crying/cramping is awful...and im not a crier.
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replied November 3rd, 2010
I was given the Gianvi in August- I have been on Yaz for at least 5 years....I kind of flipped out a bit when I saw this generic drug given to me...the pharmacist had to reassure me that it had the same mix as Yaz. So I decided to try it. The first month was okay but my period took awhile to come...started out light and then was ridiculously heavy- why would something "the same" change a period so quickly? So I figured it was okay, my body will adjust and I got the next month prescription- but stupidly opted for a 3 month supply. My second month of Gianvi was AWFUL!!! I couldn't figure out why my pants were so tight around the middle, I always looked bloated, and my face broke out in spots I haven't had a zit at in years. I knew I was retaining water because after I exercised, it was better. My mom (a nurse) mentioned that I was taking a different pill. The second period wasn't too bad...lighter...but cramps that reminded me of life before birth control pills. So I went to the pharmacy with my face full of zits and wasn't very happy with the insurance company's response. I actually paid the $85 retail price just for normalcy!! After a week back on Yaz (THANK GOD!!!) I am not bloated and I'm not frustrated with how my pants fit around my middle..my face cleared up, no new zits. Now I have to fight for the insurance company to allow the Yaz and the doctor has to fill out of form to keep it brand name- I'll take the bigger copay for normalcy anyday. $85 sounded like a lot for a pack of pills, but I enjoyed wearing my pants again today! I'll pay it again next month if I have to!
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replied November 21st, 2010
I just switched from Yaz to Gianvi.. I regret it 110%. I have really bad mood swings to the point where I don't want to even have a conversation with my mom, I get so irritated and annoyed for no reason. Also, my acne has been the worst it's ever been, I actually think it is making me break out. Even before I was on Yaz I never had problematic acne but now I am getting cyst like bumps all over and they will not go away. I'm stopping it tomorrow and calling my obgyn so I can get switched back onto Yaz asap.
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replied November 23rd, 2010
Weight gain
Thankfully, I'm not alone!

Switched to Gianvi after the pharmacy told me now much cheaper it was that Yaz. Big mistake!

I really don't think I've experienced the mood swings like some have, but the WEIGHT gain is very noticeable.

I'm two weeks into the first pack, and I bet I've gained at least 5-7 lbs. I'm short, so any weight gain is noticeable.

Last night I ditched Gianvi only after two weeks. I knew this was not good for me. I know I've messed my cycle up, but I don't care.

I was only taking BCPs to make me have a period. I am very sensitive about my weight. I eat right, exercise lightly--not as much as I used too. I think that's what stopped my periods. Or, it could be my age. I'm almost 47.

I hope others find this site and stop taking Gianvi.
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replied November 23rd, 2010
I'm so happy I stumbled upon all these comments! I'm glad to know I'm not alone, and there's not just something wrong with me. I've been taking Gianvi for only almost a month now, after switching from Ocella. In this past month I think I've cried more than I've ever cried in my whole life (except for when I was a baby), I was depressed with my job, I even broke up with my boyfriend of over 2 years, and now I am just crazy!! I am angry one moment, sad the next moment...I have some calm moments, but those don't last long. I cry and cry because I don't know what else to do and crying keeps me from doing something worse like screaming and destroying things. Sometimes I get really worried because I feel so out of control. Then today I was thinking how things got this way when they used to be so good, and I thought maybe it's the Gianvi! Other than that, I haven't had any weight problems, but I think that's because I'm so depressed I don't feel like eating as much. My skin is ok too, it did improve a lot compared to when I was not taking BC, but i've never tried Yaz..and I don't know if I should pay the extra $$$ Sad
Maybe now things will be better now that I know it's the Gianvi and not me?
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replied November 24th, 2010
So glad to hear all of this! I was starting to think there was a major problem with my marriage b/c I hate my husband and I normally don't. I have also noticed that I don't have a sex drive at all- anyone else experience that or is that just me? Please help!
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replied November 28th, 2010
I just recently started on gianvi (but i originally wanted to be on YAZ) to help my PMDD which comes before my period so I had already gone through it the month of November and after reading all these reviews after I cried my eyes out I realized after being on Gianvi my emotions have been through the roof, which effects my daily life. I wanted to cry at work today when things were getting really busy and I couldn't take a break, I cried hysterically Saturday night when I couldn't hang out with my boyfriend, and I cried after reading this. I'm calling my gyno tomorrow and getting switched ASAP
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replied November 30th, 2010
My journey to hell with Gianvi
I am so relived to have found this forum! Because of my PCOS, the doctor recommended Yaz for me. I was on Yaz for 2 months and did absolutely fantastic on it! My hungry and food cravings decreased. My face cleared up. My mood swings went from a 10 down to a 2. My husband was thrilled to have gotten his old wife back! About a month ago, I went to pick up my prescription and noticed that the name on the pack was different. The pharmacist explained to me that Gianvi was the generic version and was more affordable, same presciption, and blah blah. So i bought his bluff, went home, took the pill, and started the month long nightmare. Almost immediately I noticed things were not right. It started when we went on vacation. I became extremely nauseous, very dizzy, disconnected, daily migraines, lethargic, and irritable! Today i decided to investigate a little further into this drug. So far I have read countless comments, articles and forums the majority of which state their dislike for this drug. Now I'm not saying we should ban this drug all together. The reason being is because every woman's body responds differently to certain medications. For some, Gianvi is a life send. To others like myself, its hell in pill form. and for some being on Yaz was awful. For myself, I have to say, Yaz brought me back to life. I'm starting a new pack (Yaz of course) next week. I'm excited to start living again.

Thank you ladies for sharing your stories!
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replied December 4th, 2010
Gianvi made depression worse
I have had repeated bouts of depression since I can remember as well as nausea inducing cramps. After staying away from birth control and trying high doses of ibuprofen and naproxen sodium at different times, I finally gave in to try birth control. I was concerned about the depression but my doctor said I would be fine on what she was going to give me and prescribed Yaz, but the pharmacy gave me the generic version and I guess I just assumed that meant "same thing, but cheaper." Because I was already having a hard time prior to the birth control, my doctor had said I would be fine, and I am stupid, I didn't even think that my life spiraling out of control could be the result of the birth control. I have never been this depressed before. I have all sorts of things I try, but I couldn't understand why nothing seemed to be helping anything at all. I felt lonely, angry, and helpless. I blew up at people and couldn't figure out why. My sister finally noticed that the time everything started to get really bad was the same time I started gianvi and she and my mother did a google search and found out from forums like this that gianvi is not nothing to worry about with depression. I don't know if I trust going on birth control again. To be honest, I felt nauseous and had headaches some of the time, and I still got sick on my period. The only good thing it did was make my flow lighter and my period much shorter, but I only had a hard time with the first 2 days in the first place.
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replied December 5th, 2010
Get off Gianvi asap!
I have been a crying irritable mess. Completely agree...get off Gianvi as soon as possible. I've been on it for a month and it's been miserable. I'm switching off the this crap for a pill today!
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replied December 11th, 2010
me too!
I switched from yaz to the generic and whenever i've been drinking I cry, at the drop of a hat. I understand that alcohol is a downer, but i'm in college, and until now i have been a happy drunk. I even cried when my friend told me a JOKE! it's embarrassing and I'm switching off immediatley
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replied December 12th, 2010
I think they should take it off the shelf!!!!
I was on Yaz for a year and loved it. Controlled my cramps that were so bad I couldn't get out of bed. Also, helped with my skin. Then, after going for my yearly checkup I got my perscription renewed. When I got to the pharmacy they handed me a different box. I asked what it was and they told me it was the generic form of Yaz. I decided I would try it because it only costed me $30 for a 3 month supply instead of $110. I have now been on it for 6 months. I was having some weird side effects but didn't know if it was from stress or some other reason. I travel ever other week for work so I thought it could also be the change in enviroments or time changes. After reading this forum I have decided it most be the switch of the pill. I have break through bleeding every month, my skin looks horrible, I have gained almost 8 lbs, completely depressed, and this month I have had my period for 2 weeks straight. I am up for a promotion at work and they told me if I do not get a handle of my crazy emotions I will be out of the running. I end this pack in 2 weeks and switching back to Yaz. Hopefully this will help with all these horrible side effects.
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replied December 13th, 2010
Gianvi Birth Control
I am so glad that I read this post! I went to go get my prescription filled and they handed me a box with Gianvi on it, and assured me it was the same thing, only cheaper. Why would i not attempt to try it at a cheaper price!!! Unfortunately, this pill has changed my whole body!!! I have noticed, first, that it is making my hair fall out, (just a little), my hair wont even grow as fast or as full as before! I even shaved my pubes (sorry) and they havent grown back fully! and that was 4 weeks ago!!! its just rough and it has never been like this! I have gained i dont know how many lbs! probably about 5 or 10! i dont really know because im terrified to look at the scale! My boyfriend says he loves it but im still not satisfied! My vaginal discharge doesnt have a foul odor or anything...its just different! im in my third month and instead of experiencing vaginal dryness i have the exact opposite! I have excessive vaginal wetness although i was told that birth control is supposed to make you dryer (down there). It is so wet and thick when i get turned on that my boyfriend is complaining that he cant feel anything...and honestly neither can i! and normally we go at it about 3 or 4 times a day without this problem!! I am highly emotional! I feel like a monster! Normally i am the most patient person around! I have lost all patience, for talking, taking up time, anything. It just makes me mad and irritable. I always feel lonely even though i am always with my boyfriend! and when he doesnt give me attention or what i want i cry or yell at him! I dont even have patience when i talk to my mother! With my boyfriend i get really mad with him to the point where i feel like i almost hate him every time he asks me to do something! but he does everything and beyond for me!! and i dont want to feel like this so i know its not me! But i love him dearly! and he doesnt deserve that! and even he said before we met (before i started the pills) that i was acting a little more relaxed. With my cycle, it spots the week before, lightly comes in the first day, and then soaks my pads in about 2-3 hours, if not sooner, the next day! My cycle lasts until 4 days after i start taking the pink pills again, and doesnt start until i have started taking the 2nd white pill.I have experienced about 3 or 4 excessively painful migraines. Almost to the point where i believed i was going to vomit and pass out! I eat frequently and when i dont eat i get excessive migraines where i cant function! im a college student! im used to not eating at times! Im always tired! i sleep excessively! im not pregnant!my skin gets dry and sometimes i get weak for no reason at all. I have a sensitivity to chocolate! Whenever i eat it i get a headache! i have cravings and i get really thirsty at times! My body has never reacted to anything like this! im tired of being mad at people for no reason, and at the people who love me! i want my cute hair back! i miss my old self! ill actually deal with my PMDD symptoms to get my old self back! Me and my husband have decided to start using condoms and that im going to lay low on the bc for now! and i am only 20 so im still young! so i know that it isnt my age! Im going to try to take vitamins, excercise, eat healthier, and drink more water! We agreed that if that doesnt work, then im done! after i get this "Gianvi" out of my system im going back to Yaz! How dare you people just give us something like this and strip my rights to my precious Yaz! Please let me know if any of my symptoms have occurred with anyone else! It would be nice to know that im not alone
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replied December 14th, 2010
Gianvi sucks at first but possibly gets better?
I've been on Gianvi for about 5 months now and It made me gain around 7 pounds but recently I have suddenly dropped 5 pounds and when I first started on birth control (yaz) in march my boobs grew about half a size and that seems to have gone away. I have not made any changes in my diet or exercise so I'm very unsure about what is going on. I wonder if maybe after a certain amount of time my body got used to the Gianvi and now i'm losing all the weight i've gained while taking it.
Also I get HORRENDOUS cramps on Gianvi so if you are taking birth control to help cramps switch a.s.a.p.
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