Ethinyl Estradiol; Norgestimate
What is Ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate?
Ethinyl estradiol norgestimate is used to prevent pregnancy. It contains 2 hormones: norethindrone (a progestin) and Ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen). It works mainly by preventing the release of an egg during your menstrual cycle. Ethinyl estradiol norgestimate tablets also make vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg and change the lining of the uterus to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. If a fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus, it passes out of the body. Ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate side effects depend on your medical condition.
Besides preventing pregnancy, birth control pills may make your periods more regular, decrease blood loss and painful periods, decrease your risk of ovarian cysts, and also treat acne.
Using Ethinyl estradiol; norgestimate does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia).
How to use
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using Ethinyl estradiol norgestimate and each time you get a refill. The leaflet contains very important information about, what is Ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate? If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor
- usually once daily.
- If you are taking the chewable tablet, you may either swallow it whole or chew it thoroughly and swallow.
- Do not skip any doses.
- Taking this medication after your evening meal or at bedtime may help if you have any stomach upset or nausea with the medication.
Your pill pack contains 21 pills with active medication. It also contains 7 reminder pills with iron. Take one active pill (with hormones) once daily for 21 days in a row. Take one inactive pill (with iron) once daily for 7 days in a row after you have taken the last active pill unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You should have your period during the fourth week of the pack. After you have taken the last iron tablet in the pack, start a new pack the next day whether or not you have your period. If you do not get your period, consult your doctor.
Other methods of use
If you are taking certain medications (such as levodopa, levothyroxine, penicillamine, tetracyclines, quinolones such as ciprofloxacin) that can interact with iron, ask your doctor whether you should throw away the reminder pills (iron tablets) each day rather than taking them. Iron can decrease the effect of these medications.
If this is the first time you are using Ethinyl estradiol norgestimate and you are not switching from another form of hormonal birth control (such as patch, other birth control pills), take the first tablet in the pack on the first Sunday following the beginning of your menstrual period or on the first day of your period. If your period begins on a Sunday, begin taking this medication on that day. For the first cycle of use only, use an additional form of non-hormonal birth control (such as condoms, spermicide) for the first 7 days to prevent pregnancy until the medication has enough time to work. If you start on the first day of your period, you do not need to use backup birth control the first week.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about how to switch from other forms of hormonal birth control (such as patches, other birth control pills) to this product. If any information is unclear, consult the Patient Information Leaflet or your doctor or pharmacist.
Ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate side effects
- breast tenderness
- swelling of the ankles/feet
- weight change
Vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting) or missed/irregular periods may occur, especially during the first few months of use. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. If you miss 2 periods in a row (or 1 period if the pill has not been used properly), contact your doctor for a pregnancy test.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Ethinyl estradiol norgestimate tablets because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects of Ethinyl estradiol. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.
Some serious side effects
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including
- lumps in the breast
- mental/mood changes
- severe stomach/abdominal pain
- unusual changes in vaginal bleeding
- dark urine
- yellowing eyes/skin.
This medication may rarely cause serious side effects of Ethinyl estradiol (sometimes fatal) problems from blood clots (such as deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, stroke). Get medical help right away if any of these Ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate side effects occur:
- chest/jaw/left arm pain
- sudden dizziness/fainting
- pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf
- slurred speech
- sudden shortness of breath/rapid breathing
- unusual headaches
- unusual sweating
- weakness on one side of the body
- vision problems/changes
A very serious allergic reaction to Ethinyl estradiol norgestimate tablets is rare. However, get medical help right away.
Warnings & Precautions
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination.
- Tell your doctor if you just had or will be having surgery or if you will be confined to a bed or chair for a long time.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use.
If you have diabetes, this medication may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet.
You may need to stop this medication for a time or take special precautions.
Ethinyl estradiol; norgestimate may cause blotchy, dark areas on your face and skin (melasma). Sunlight may worsen this effect. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
If you are nearsighted or wear contact lenses, you may develop vision problems or trouble wearing your contact lenses. Contact your eye doctor if these problems occur.
It may take longer for you to become pregnant after you stop taking birth control pills. Consult your doctor.
This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
This medication may decrease breast milk production. A small amount passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Store Ethinyl estradiol; norgestimate at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Moreover, Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions of ethinyl estradiol norgestimate tablets. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: aromatase inhibitors (such as anastrozole, exemestane), ospemifene, tamoxifen, tizanidine, tranexamic acid, certain combination products used to treat chronic hepatitis C (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir with or without dasabuvir).
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