Why do my birth control pills look different?

Pharmacies get pills from different suppliers. To try to ensure that you get your prescription in a timely manner, a pharmacy will usually go with the supplier that has product in stock at the time it is needed.

Depending on the supplier of your birth control, pills may come in a different color, shape, or markings. So even though they may look different, have a different brand name, or come in different packaging, they have been FDA-approved as a pharmaceutical equivalent to the brand product. Rest assured you are getting the same active ingredient(s), dose, and dosage that you had before.

Below are the varieties of birth control which may be prescribed, along with any acceptable variations the pharmacy may use to fulfill the prescription. You can find a list of the birth control options we offer here

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