Do cheaper morning-after pills work as well as brand name pills?

Someone asked us:

I was at the drugstore and I saw that they had a few different brands of plan b. Some of them were cheaper than others so like, do they all work the same or are more expensive ones stronger?

Short answer: all morning-after pill brands that you can buy without a prescription work the same, regardless of price. It doesn’t matter if you get it at a pharmacy, convenience store, health center, or a reliable online drugstore. Get yo bargain on!

Like most medicines, there are different brands of morning-after pills. They may be different prices, but they all have the same active ingredients and have the same effectiveness.

In the U.S., all over-the-counter morning-after pills use 1.5mg of levonorgestrel to prevent pregnancy. Levonorgestrel is a type of progestin, the same kind of hormone that’s in all hormonal birth control, like the IUD, pill, and shot.  

Some brands of levonorgestrel morning-after pills that are sold in the U.S. include:

  • Plan B One-Step
  • Next Choice One Dose
  • My Way
  • Aftera
  • Take Action
  • EContra EZ
  • Option 2
  • Athentia Next
  • Fallback Solo
  • Opcicon One-Step
  • Morning After
  • AfterPill (only available online)

Less expensive brands are often called “generics.” The FDA requires generic medications to have the same active ingredient, strength, dosage, quality, and effectiveness as name brands. So why can they cost less if they work the same? Because the companies making generics don’t usually pay for advertising, and they don’t have to run the expensive clinical trials that the original brand needed to do to get FDA approval for that kind of drug.

You can always double-check with the pharmacist if you’re concerned about buying the right pill. But as long as it says “levonorgestrel 1.5mg” somewhere on the package, feel free to buy the cheapest morning-after pill on the shelf —  it will work exactly the same as more expensive brands.

-Kendall at Planned Parenthood

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1D star Louis Tomlinson rekindles romance with ex-girlfriend Eleanor Calder
LOUIS TOMLINSON has rekindled his romance with former girlfriend Eleanor Calder after they secretly reunited in Los Angeles. The ONE DIRECTION singer and the fashion blogger’s reconnection comes tw…

LOUIS TOMLINSON has rekindled his romance with former girlfriend Eleanor Calder after they secretly reunited in Los Angeles.

The ONE DIRECTION singer and the fashion blogger’s reconnection comes two years after they called time on their three-year relationship.

And the pair are clearly desperate to spend as much time as possible together.

Londoner Eleanor even bailed on a high-profile fashion event — the original reason she was in LA — to be with her on/off love.

Our source tells us: “Louis and Eleanor spent a lot of time in Los Angeles together this month.

“They had a really special three years together and they have found it quite easy to find that spark between them again.”

“It’s early days but they are an item again.

“Eleanor was flown to Los Angeles for a huge TOMMY HILFIGER fashion event as she works with the label as a blogger.

“She was supposed to appear alongside big names like GIGI HADID and LADY GAGA.

“But last minute she dropped out of attending because she didn’t want to leave Louis’ side.

“They had a really special three years together and they have found it quite easy to find that spark between them again.”

A lot has happened since the couple were last together.

After their split in March 2015, Louis was spotted with a number of different women on wild nights out.

Close pal JAMES CORDEN even said of Louis’ party lifestyle after he became single: “Right now, you are putting a shift in.”

But a few months later in July, it emerged Louis was to become a father for the first time with US stylist Briana Jungwirth.

Son Freddie arrived in January last year, just after Louis started dating US actress DANIELLE CAMPBELL.

But they split at the end of last year, shortly after the death of Louis’ mum Johannah Deakin from leukaemia, aged 43.

The source added: “Eleanor was very close to Johannah and was even maid of honour at her 2014 wedding to husband Dan.

“No doubt she will have been devastated by her passing and keen to show Louis support.”

Louis has been busy in Los Angeles for the past few weeks, promoting his solo song Just Hold On with STEVE AOKI.

But on Thursday he nearly let slip his new romance when he headed out in a distinctive hoodie, which Eleanor had also been snapped wearing.

Well, if you are going to date a style icon, we guess it’s only fair that you raid their wardrobe from time to time.