Switching From Minastrin To Mibelas

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Emily Says:
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I've been taking minastrin for about four years now. I was forced to switch over to the generic brand, mibelas. I haven't started mibelas yet but I will be in a few days. I'm worried because I don't want my periods to be affected or anything like that. I haven't really seen any positive reviews on mibelas so I'm pretty skeptical. Is there anyone here who has made the switch to the generic brand and can offer me some advice on if you've had any changes with periods or just in general? Thanks!

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Jenny Says:
Don't switch, it's horrible! I just made the switch too and wish i hadn't. I'm one month in and miserable. Depression, acne, moodiness, bloating, you name it. Don't switch if you can avoid it.

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B Says:
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Are you going to switch to a new birth control then? When I got the news from the pharmacy I called my doctor and they said they new there was going to be a generic form of the birth control.

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Ac Says:
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Yeah I just picked up my prescription and noticed it changed with out notice. I'm calling my dr tomorrow to see if I can get my normal prescription for minastrin. It's upsetting!

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Emily Says:
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I never got a warning that they were switching me from minastrin to mibelas. I called the pharmacy and they said if I wanted to stay on ministrin, it would be a $130 co-pay each time... I'm testing out mibelas this month to see how it goes.

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David Says:
Hi Emily,

Have you tried using a pharmacy coupon to cut down on the cost of Ministrin? I know MedsChat has a free one that you can print out and take with you here: Rx Savings Card. Apparently patients can save an average of 15-75% this way.

Nevertheless, it's a frustrating that pharmacies are inherently forcing patients to accept whatever they may have in stock at any given moment instead of ensuring that people get what they need. Switching brands/generics/manufacturers on someone could turn out to be akin to taking something completely different if the binders and fillers don't sit well or absorb properly...

I hope the Mibelas ends up working well for you and others.

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Kim Says:
Don't switch! I'm seeing where other women had the same issue as I did of not knowing the price of Minastrin went up and had to go to Mibelas. I'm experiencing horrible headaches, anxiety and chest pain. Years ago a generic ortho tri cyclen did the same thing to me and I had to get off it. The Minastrin worked great for me. Mibelas is awful.

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A Says:
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I'm going through the same thing! Paying more money to stay on minestrin is worth it, the side effects from mibelas are terrible (head cloudiness, teeeivle moodiness, anxiety, lack of motivation). Both my gyno and primary care will not acknowledge that it's my birth control so it is nice to hear I'm not crazy and other people are going through the same thing. I'm switching back to minestrin so will be able to confirm soon that all of these symptoms I'm feeling are definitely from mibelas.

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