Since I've started college again I was hoping to switch to generic birth control (why pay $35 when you can pay $5... that's just insane!). Anyway, I am usually on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, went off for a month, change insurance companies, was given Tri-sprintec (a generic form of ortho tri cyclen since the lo brand doesn't have a generic), the next month was given OTC Lo again, and that leads me to the other day. I asked the pharamacy if I could get the generic kind instead and she said NOOOO because otc lo doesn't not have a generic brand so I can only get the EXPENSIVE name brand. I suppose I understand this but I don't get why they gave me the generic before but not when I want it. It sucks that my doctor is too busy for me untill january (yeah I haven't seen him in about two yrs by then but the office keeps pushing back my appointment) so I wouldn't be able to switch to a brand that has a generic substitute. Anyway, can the pharamacy do that? They can give me generics when I don't want it, but when I do they won't?
Could you go to a community clinic that offers sexual health services/ a Planned Parenthood? Not seeing your doctor for two years isn't a good thing, and yearly gynecological exams are especially important on hormonal birth control.
Too, you can tell them your situation and ask them to prescribe regular Tri-Cyclen. There's very little difference between the two; the low version is just newer, so more doctors are pressured to prescribe it.
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I'm not sure where you're in college, but have you tried the student health center? Many (if not most) of them offer BC at a lower cost to students. At my undergrad university, we paid $5 a pack for name brand as long as you filled it at the health center. At my current university, it's $10-$15 a pack, depending upon your brand. So I'd start there.
Also, have you called your doctors office and let them know that the cost of the name brand is a problem? Often you can call and talk to a nurse or medical assistant and get your Rx changed (at least for the moment) so that the finances won't be so difficult.
Finally, do understand that they can't give you a generic if there isn't one. In fact, if the pharmacy gives you a medication that is NOT what your doctor prescribed (or a generic version of the prescribed med), they can get in trouble. That month where you got the generic for the OTC, it's likely that one of two things happened...either somebody screwed up at the pharmacy OR they didn't have the Lo, so they called the doctors office and asked if it was okay to substitute for this one month so that there would be something to give you.
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