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Norethindrone Acetate; Ethinyl Estradiol; Ferrous Fumarate Chew Tabs (contraception)
What is this medicine?
NORETHINDRONE ACETATE; ETHINYL ESTRADIOL; FERROUS FUMARATE (nor eth IN drone AS e tate; ETH in il es tra DYE ole; FER us FUE ma rate) is an oral contraceptive. The products combine two types of female hormones, an estrogen and a progestin. These products prevent ovulation and pregnancy.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Take tablet whole or chew it completely before swallowing. If you chew this medicine, drink a full glass of water after. Follow the directions on the prescription label. To reduce nausea, this medicine may be taken with food. Take this medicine at the same time each day and in the order directed on the package. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in female children who have started having menstrual periods.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat
breast tissue changes or discharge
dark patches of skin on your forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and chin
high blood pressure
migraines or severe, sudden headaches
signs and symptoms of a blood clot such as breathing problems; changes in vision; chest pain; severe, sudden headache; pain, swelling, warmth in the leg; trouble speaking; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
symptoms of vaginal infection like itching, irritation or unusual discharge
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
breast pain, tenderness
irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting, particularly during the first month of use
weight gain (slight)
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with the following medication:
dasabuvir; ombitasvir; paritaprevir; ritonavir
ombitasvir; paritaprevir; ritonavir
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
antibiotics or medicines for infections, especially rifampin, rifabutin, rifapentine, and griseofulvin, and possibly penicillins or tetracyclines
ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
barbiturate medicines, such as phenobarbital
medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, such as diazepam or temazepam
medicines for diabetes, including pioglitazone
ritonavir or other medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
soy isoflavones supplements
St. John's wort
tamoxifen or raloxifene
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, refer to the patient information sheet you received with your medicine for direction. If you miss more than one pill, this medicine may not be as effective and you may need to use another form of birth control.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
abnormal vaginal bleeding
blood vessel disease or blood clots
breast, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, liver, or uterine cancer
heart disease or recent heart attack
high blood pressure
high cholesterol or triglycerides
history of irregular heartbeat or heart valve problems
protein C deficiency
protein S deficiency
recently had a baby, miscarriage, or abortion
systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
an unusual or allergic reaction to estrogens, progestins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam and Pap smear while on this medicine.
Use an additional method of contraception during the first cycle that you take these tablets.
If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop taking this medicine right away and contact your doctor or health care professional.
If you are taking this medicine for hormone related problems, it may take several cycles of use to see improvement in your condition.
Smoking increases the risk of getting a blood clot or having a stroke while you are taking birth control pills, especially if you are more than 35 years old. You are strongly advised not to smoke.
This medicine can make your body retain fluid, making your fingers, hands, or ankles swell. Your blood pressure can go up. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you feel you are retaining fluid.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
If you wear contact lenses and notice visual changes, or if the lenses begin to feel uncomfortable, consult your eye care specialist.
In some women, tenderness, swelling, or minor bleeding of the gums may occur. Notify your dentist if this happens. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly may help limit this. See your dentist regularly and inform your dentist of the medicines you are taking.
If you are going to have elective surgery, you may need to stop taking this medicine before the surgery. Consult your health care professional for advice.
This medicine does not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
November 13, 2020