Generess Fe is a low-dose birth control pill that may give women short, lighter, predictable periods, and, it's highly effective at preventing pregnancy.1,2,*

What is Generess Fe?

Generess Fe is a chewable, 24/4 oral contraceptive. This means there are 24 "active" pills and 4 "inactive" pills.2

The 24 active pills contain 2 female hormones that your doctor knows and trusts: an estrogen called ethinyl estradiol and a progestin called norethindrone. These hormones work to prevent pregnancy. The 4 inactive pills without hormones contain iron.2

What can Generess Fe do for you?

With Generess Fe, you can count on highly effective pregnancy prevention from a low-dose birth control pill.2

Short, lighter, predictable periods
Most women taking Generess Fe had short periods—on average about 4 days.1 Women also reported their periods to be lighter than normal. Plus, they found their periods to be lighter over time. What's more, many women taking Generess Fe had predictable periods, starting for most women on Day 27.1

Less breakthrough bleeding
Most women taking Generess Fe had a low rate of spotting between periods. And, after the first few months, the frequency of spotting decreased.1 Learn about less breakthrough bleeding with Generess Fe.

What about side effects?

When taking Generess Fe, you may experience some side effects. In clinical studies, weight gain, decrease in sexual desire, and mood swings occurred at low rates for women taking Generess Fe.2

The most common side effects reported by women taking Generess Fe were nausea/vomiting, headaches/migraine, and depression/mood complaints.2 These are not all of the possible side effects of Generess Fe. For more information, please see the patient information leaflet.

*For women who had periods, the average intensity of their periods was lighter over time.


  1. 1. Data on file. Actavis Pharma, Inc.
  2. 2. Generess® Fe prescribing information. Parsippany, NJ: Watson Pharma, Inc. March 2012.

What is Generess® Fe?

Generess Fe is a prescription birth control pill used for the prevention of pregnancy.



Do not use Generess® Fe if you smoke cigarettes and are over 35 years old. Smoking increases your risk of serious cardiovascular side effects (heart and blood vessel problems) from birth control pills, including death from heart attack, blood clots, or stroke. This risk increases with age and the number of cigarettes you smoke.

Who should not take Generess Fe?

Do not use Generess Fe if you have kidney, liver, or adrenal disease because this could cause serious heart and health problems, or if you have or have had blood clots, history of heart attack or stroke, high blood pressure that medicine cannot control, breast cancer or any cancer that is sensitive to female hormones, liver disease or liver tumors, unexplained bleeding from the vagina, or if you are or may be pregnant.

What else should I know about taking Generess Fe?

Treatment with Generess Fe should be stopped if you have a blood clot, and at least 4 weeks before and through 2 weeks after major surgery. You should not take Generess Fe any earlier than 4 weeks after having a baby or if you are breastfeeding. If you experience yellowing of the skin or eyes due to problems with your liver, you should stop taking Generess Fe. If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, your doctor should monitor you while using Generess Fe and should evaluate you if you have any significant change in headaches or irregular menstrual bleeding.

What are the most serious risks of taking Generess Fe?

Generess Fe increases the risk of serious conditions including blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. These can be life-threatening or lead to permanent disability.

What are the possible side effects of Generess Fe?

The most common side effects reported by women taking Generess Fe were nausea/vomiting, headaches/migraine, depression/mood complaints, pain with menstrual bleeding, acne, increased weight, breast pain/tenderness, and anxiety.

Birth control pills do not protect you against any sexually transmitted disease, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Please see the FDA-Approved Patient Information Leaflet for Generess Fe, including Boxed Warning.

To report a side effect from one of our products, please call the Actavis Drug Safety Department at 1-800-272-5525.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.