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What are the differenct side effects of mircette (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) & kariva?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Same drug

The original name for this hormone combination was mircette (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel).
The brand name drug is protected by a patent for a period of time.When that patent runs out, another drug company can make that same medicine with the same basic ingredients, but a different name.This is called a "generic" drug. The fda assumes that this medicine works the same, but blood levels may vary.Side effects should be the same.

In brief: Same drug

The original name for this hormone combination was mircette (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel).
The brand name drug is protected by a patent for a period of time.When that patent runs out, another drug company can make that same medicine with the same basic ingredients, but a different name.This is called a "generic" drug. The fda assumes that this medicine works the same, but blood levels may vary.Side effects should be the same.
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