What is the Update with Discontinued Loestrin 24 Fe?
In September 2013, the popular oral contraception Loestrin 24 Fe was discontinued by it's manufacturer. It was not discontinued for safety reasons or because of it's effectiveness. Soon after the discontinuation, the manufacturer replaced Loestrin 24 Fe with Minastrin 24 Fe. Minastrin 24 Fe has the same ingredients (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol, and ferrous fumarate) and is considered bioequivalent to Loestrin 24 Fe.
Minastrin 24 Fe
Even though Minastrin 24 Fe is basically replacing Loestrin 24 Fe, you will need a new prescription for it. You can ask your pharmacist to call your prescribing physician to obtain a new prescription. You can also request a new prescription at your next office visit. Because Minastrin 24 Fe is new and brand-name only, your co-pay or out of pocket cost may be different.
Minastrin 24 Fe is a chewable birth control pill. It contains two female hormones, an estrogen called ethinyl estradiol, and a progestin called norethindrone acetate. Like most oral contraceptives, it should be taken at the same time everyday to be most effective.
A New Generic Birth Control Available
Same as Loestrin 24 Fe and Minastrin 24 Fe, Lomedia 24 Fe contains the same ingredients (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol, and ferrous fumarate). Lomedia 24 Fe is AB-rated (considered equivalent to) the discontinued Loestrin 24 Fe. Minastrin 24 Fe has the same active ingredients, but is a chewable tablet and doesn’t have an FDA-approved generic.