Consumer information use and disclaimer.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
Ethinyl Estradiol and Norethindrone Tablets
Pronunciation (ETH in il es tra DYE ole & nor eth IN drone)
Loestrin 1/20, and Ovcon 35, Microgestin 1.5/30 (21), Junel 1.5/30 (21)
Smoking cigarettes while using this drug raises the chance of very bad heart and blood-related side effects. This chance is raised with age (mainly in women older than 35 years of age). It is also raised with the number of cigarettes smoked. It is strongly advised not to smoke. Do not use this drug if you smoke and are older than 35 years of age.
What is this drug used for?
It is used to prevent pregnancy. It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor before taking this drug?
For all people taking this drug:
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away? Warning/Caution
Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
What are some other side effects of this drug?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away: Feeling more or less hungry. Dizziness. Weight gain. Headache. Upset stomach or throwing up. Stomach cramps. Bloating. Enlarged breasts. Breast soreness. Hair loss. Lowered interest in sex. This drug may cause dark patches of skin on your face. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun. Period (menstrual) changes. These include lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles. These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at: 1-800-FDA-1088.
You may also report side effects at: http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
How is this drug best taken?
Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert. Take this drug at the same time of day. Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach. Do not skip doses, even if you do not have sex very often. If you throw up or have diarrhea, this drug may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Use an extra form of birth control, like condoms, until you check with your doctor. If you miss 2 periods in a row, take a pregnancy test before starting a new cycle.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
If a dose is missed, check the package insert or call the doctor to find out what to do. If using this drug to prevent pregnancy, another form of birth control may need to be used for some time to prevent pregnancy.
How do I store and/or throw out this drug?
Store at room temperature. Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom. Protect from light. Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets. Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
General drug facts
If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor. Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs. Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor. Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins. Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider. If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Copyright 2018 CDI, LLC. All rights reserved. (Issue 18.3.3.005)