Loestrin FE, a combination of Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol, is one of a group of drugs called Oral Contraceptives, and are used to prevent pregnancy when taken properly. Loestrin FE contains two types of hormones, estrogens and progestins, and stops a woman’s egg from developing fully.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you are, or become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
Avoid tobacco products when taking this medicine, as it severely increases the chance of side effects.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. It is okay to take two pills in one day. If you miss more than one dose, contact your doctor immediately, and follow his instructions exactly.
Healthy women who do not smoke cigarettes have almost no chance of having a severe side effect from taking oral contraceptives.
The chemical name for norethindrone is 17-hydroxy-19-nor-17a-pregn-4-en-20-yn-3-one, for ethinyl estradiol is 19-nor-17a-pregna-1,3,5(10)- trien -20-yne-3,17-diol, and for mestranol is 3-methoxy-19-nor-17a- pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yn-17-ol. Each white tablet contains 0.5 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. Inactive Ingredients: Lactose, magnesium stearate and pregelatinized starch. Each light peach tablet contains 0.75 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. Inactive Ingredients: FD&C yellow no. 6 lactose, magnesium stearate and pregelatinized starch. Each peach tablet contains 1 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 of ethinyl estradiol. Inactive Ingredients: FD&C yellow no. 6, lactose, magnesium stearate and pregelatinized starch. Each green tablet in the Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 28 package contains only inert ingredients, as follows: D&C yellow no. 10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C blue no.2 Aluminum Lake lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and pregelatinized starch.
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