New Loestrin 24 Fe Generic Available: Lomedia 24 Fe

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Missing Loestrin 24 Fe? Good news—the FDA has approved a generic version of the discontinued birth control med, and it’s now available as Lomedia 24 Fe.

What happened to brand name Loestrin 24 Fe?
Loestrin 24 Fe was discontinued by the manufacturer and replaced by the chewable Minastrin 24 Fe.

What are the ingredients of generic Lomedia 24 Fe?

Same as Loestrin 24 Fe and Minastrin 24 Fe: norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP (1 mg/20 mcg), and ferrous fumarate (iron) tablets (75 mg).

Is there a difference between generic Lomedia 24 Fe and brand name Minastrin 24 Fe?
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.

When can I get Lomedia 24 Fe?

The expected release date was the first week of January 2014, so you should be able to find it in your pharmacy now.

How is it usually taken?

Both the active (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) and inactive (iron) tabletsLomedia 24 Fe are to be taken at the same time once daily and swallowed whole.

What comes in the 28-day package?

A blister card with 24 ACTIVE tablets and 4 INACTIVE (iron) tablets.

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