I’ve been taking Microgestin for 6 months or so and when I went to get my prescription today, they gave me Junel 1.5/30 instead of Microgestin because I guess that’s all they had in stock. I asked the Pharmacist and she assured me that they’re the same thing (since they’re both generics of Loestrin) but I just wanted to make sure. I’ve heard people complain of discrepancies between two generic brands of the same drug. Any experiences? Should I use back up for the first week just in case? Thanks, you guys are awesome!

13 Responses to Microgestin 1.5/30 vs Junel 1.5/30

  1. Hteall says:

    You may experience side effects or you may not. Many people report that going on a different generic, or going between brand name and generic, will give different side effects. Sometimes the generic has fewer side effects, for a given person, than the brand name!

    Your pregnancy protection, however, should remain uncompromised if you abide by the 21/7 rule, and the only reason to use backup contraception would be if you fear that you would have side effects bad enough that you would need to discontinue the Junel without warning. (And in that case, you might want to use backup contraception for the first month.)

  2. LriSuper says:

    I went from Microgestin to Junel about a year ago because the pharmacist told me they didn’t have Microgestin anymore. Same difference so far. I didn’t experience any side effects.

  3. 642ova says:

    They are the same medication; that is they contain the same active ingredients, the only difference is with packaging and inactive ingredients like colorings and binders. You shouldn’t experience any difference in side effects or protection. It’s equivalent to taking Tums and then Target brand Tums – it’s all calcium carbonate in the end. 🙂

  4. Ttefornia says:

    Inactive ingredients can make a difference to the side effects people experience. This FDA page lists extreme examples, but I’ve personal experience of a change in inactive ingredients being made to a drug I was on and experiencing significant side effects as a result.

  5. Sseiut says:

    Shouldn’t isn’t didn’t, sadly. I switched from Loestrin to Junel and had three weeks of nonstop cramping and spotting. I went back on Loestrin after that, it’s worth the extra $15.

  6. 0xsne says:

    I asked the same question a couple weeks ago (for a second there I thought this was my post haha) and I was assured it was the same. Some small side effect may occur but the pregnancy protection will not waiver.

  7. laura says:

    I did have some side effects. Gained weight, beak out s in my face, long menstrual cycles, cramps, flatulence, a and muscle fatigue. It did not work out at all for me.

  8. lisa says:

    I seem to be having more cramps with junel as opposed to when I was on microgestin

  9. Kerry says:

    I am good with microgestin but am cramping with Junel and it’s no where near my period.
    Glad I found out others are having the same thing. I was beginning to worry

  10. Niki says:

    They switched me from Junel to Microgestin, and are pretty adamant that it’s the same, but my face says it isn’t. Since the switch, I have been breaking out like crazy. 🙁

  11. Hope says:

    There’s a significant difference – was on microgestin 1.5/30 fe and without request – (after 10 yrs on brand) was put on junel/ generic- spoke to 2 pharmacists who said they were thr same within 2 weeks – I’m pregnant – never once – ever- missed a dose!

  12. Misty says:

    Definitely a difference. My pharmacist said they were out of microgestin and gave me Junel this month, and I’m having a ton of side effects whereas I normally only have slight bloating at the beginning of taking the active pills each month. That’s mild and goes away within a couple days. With junel, I immediately started having other side effects and 2 weeks in now they haven’t gone away. My boobs hurt at random, my nipples hurt like freaking hell, constant cramping, spotting and pelvic/back pains similar to ovarian pain from endometrios/lesions/cysts I was prescribed the microgestin to help fix. I’m also irrationally angry with a short fuse, not that I’m constantly angry but things that annoy me are causing a disproportionate amount of anger. Thankfully I recognize it for what it is so I’m being a giant jerk to anyone and keeping myself in check for what comes out.

    I’ll be insisting on microgestin or taking my prescription elsewhere when I renew it again.

  13. Audrey says:

    I was on microgestin and the pharmacy ran out and gave me Junel. 3 days into the pack I had spotting which turned into a full period. It’s been a week now and it hasn’t stopped yet. I thought since they were “the same” I wouldn’t have any problems.

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