Generess Fe is a low-dose birth control pill that gives 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.1
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.1
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.1
Short, lighter, predictable periods
Women taking Generess Fe had short periods—on average about 4 days.2 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 27.2
Less breakthrough bleeding
Women taking Generess Fe had a low rate of spotting between periods. And, after the first few months, the frequency of spotting decreased.2 Learn about less breakthrough bleeding with Generess Fe.
What about side effects?
Generess Fe was proven to be safe as contraception for women. In clinical studies, weight gain, decrease in sexual desire, and mood swings occurred at low rates for women taking Generess Fe.1
The most common side effects reported by women taking Generess Fe were nausea/vomiting, headaches/migraine, and depression/mood complaints.1 These are not all of the possible side effects of Generess Fe. For more information, please see the patient information leaflet.
How do I get Generess Fe?
Like all birth control pills, Generess Fe is only available with a prescription. Talking to your doctor about Generess Fe is easy! Use our printable Chatting With Your Doc tool to help get the conversation going.
Ask your doctor about Generess Fe for pregnancy prevention with short, lighter, predictable periods–all in a low-dose pill.1,2,*
*For women who had periods, the average intensity of their periods was lighter over time.
†See complete details in Terms & Conditions.
‡This offer is valid only for patients with commercial prescription drug insurance and applies to prescriptions for Generess Fe. Most eligible insured patients will pay the first $25 and receive a benefit of up to $40 per 28-day supply, for up to 12 prescription fills. Patient out-of-pocket expense may vary. Please see full terms and conditions for details.
- 1. Generess® Fe prescribing information. Morristown, NJ: Watson Pharma, Inc. March 2012.
- 2. Data on file. Actavis Pharma, Inc.
- 3. Birth control patient education booklet. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_ education/ab020.cfm. Accessed January 28, 2011.
- 4. Menstruation patient education booklet. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_ education/bp049.cfm. Accessed April 6, 2011.
- 5. Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Stewart F, et al. Contraceptive Technology. 18th ed. New York, NY: Ardent Media; 2004.
- 6. Birth control pills. Planned Parenthood Web site. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control/birth-control-pill-4228.htm. Accessed January 18, 2013.
Important Safety Information
GENERESS FE is an estrogen/progestin COC indicated for use by women to prevent pregnancy.
You should not use GENERESS FE if you are over 35 and smoke as it increases the risk of having serious heart-related events. You should not use GENERESS FE if you are at high risk of blood clots, if you have abnormal uterine bleeding, breast or liver cancer, liver disease, high blood pressure, or uncontrolled high blood cholesterol. 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 and should not take GENERESS FE if you are breastfeeding. If you experience yellowing of the skin 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. The most common adverse events associated with the use of GENERESS FE included nausea/vomiting, headaches/migraine, depression/mood complaints, pain with menstrual bleeding, acne, increased weight, breast pain/tenderness and anxiety. GENERESS FE will not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.