Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) Tablets

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General Information

Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) is used to prevent pregnancy. This is a combined hormone medication. This may also be used to treat severe acne. In addition to preventing pregnancy, birth control pills may make your periods more regular. It also decreases blood loss and painful periods, decreasing the risk of ovarian cysts.

How do Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) Tablets work?

Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) works mostly by stopping the release of an egg or ovulation during your menstrual cycle. It changes the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. If a fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus, it passes out of the body. It also makes vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg or fertilization.

Why use Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) Tablets?

Brevicon contains two hormones; estrogen and a progestin. It belongs to the class of medications called oral contraceptives (birth control pills). This medication comes in two strengths; 0.5mg and 1mg. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this drug. 

How to use Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) Tablets?

The recommended dose and dosing instruction will depend on your condition and response.

Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) is usually taken once a day. Take it by mouth as directed by your doctor. Take this regularly to get the most benefit from it. Follow your doctor’s prescription carefully to avoid some complications.

What are the side-effects of Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) Tablets?

  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Breast swelling or tenderness
  • Nipple discharge
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Freckles or darkening of facial skin
  • Increased hair growth
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • Changes in your menstrual periods
  • Decreased sex drive 

Warnings and Precautions

  • Before using this treatment, discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any allergies, medical history, or current medications.
  • Call your doctor if you are not sure what to do after missing pills.
  • Ask your pharmacist on how to dispose medications that are no longer needed. Do not dispose it in wastewater or in household garbage.
  • This is not recommended if you have had a heart attack, breast cancer, or severe high blood pressure.
  • Do not share this with others who have the same condition as yours without letting him/her consulting a doctor.
  • Keep this away from moisture and heat.