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Norethindrone acetate/ethinyl estradiol

Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol

Brand names: Loestrin 24 FE

Why is Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol prescribed?

Loestrin 24 FE is an oral contraceptive pill for the prevention of pregnancy.

Most important fact about Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol

This product (like all oral contraceptives) is intended to prevent pregnancy. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious problems with your heart and blood vessels from oral contraceptive use. This risk increases with age and with the amount of smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and is apparent in women over 35 years of age. Women who use oral contraceptives should not smoke.

How should you take Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol?

Take one pill of Loestrin 24 FE every day at the same time, with or without food.

  • If you miss a dose...If you forget to take your pill, take it as soon as you remember. It is okay to take 2 pills in one day, though it may cause you to be slightly nauseous.
  • Storage instructions...Store at room temperature in a dry area.

What side effects may occur?

Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol.

  • Side effects may include:Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods, breast tenderness, difficulty wearing contact lenses, nausea, vomiting, weight gain

These side effects, especially nausea and vomiting, may decrease or subside within the first 3 months of use.

Why should Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol not be prescribed?

Do not take Loestrin 24 FE if you have blood clotting disorders, kidney or liver disease, heart disease, headaches, or a history of breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer. Also, if you plan to have surgery that will leave you immobile for a period of time, you should not use this type of birth control. Loestrin 24 FE should not be used if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Special warnings about Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol

Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Loestrin 24 FE. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, liver or kidney problems, or if you have had any type of cancer (especially breast), a heart attack, or a stroke. Your doctor should know if you have unexplained vaginal bleeding, recently had an abortion or miscarriage, recently had a baby, or you are pregnant.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol

If Loestrin 24 FE is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Loestrin 24 FE with the following:

AntibioticsAnticonvulsantsHIV medicinesHerbal medicine (such as St. John's wort)

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

You should not use Loestrin 24 FE if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Recommended dosage for Norethindrone acetate, Ethinyl estradiol


Loestrin 24 FE should be taken in the dosage prescribed by your doctor, every 24 hours.


Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

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