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Lo Loestrin Fe
What Is Lo Loestrin Fe?
Lo Loestrin Fe is the brand name for norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol, a prescription birth control medicine that's used to prevent pregnancy.
The drug contains female hormones that prevent ovulation and also causes changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining, which makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
The company Warner Chilcott Company, LLC manufactures Lo Loestrin Fe. They claim that it provides the lowest daily dose of estrogen available in a birth control pill, with only 10 micrograms of daily estrogen. Lo Loestrin Fe was approved by the FDA in 2010.
According to one clinical study, about two to four out of 100 women may get pregnant during the first year they use Lo Loestrin Fe.
What Are the Key Things I Need to Know About Lo Loestrin Fe?
You may need to use a backup method of birth control, such as condoms or spermicide, when you first start using Lo Loestrin Fe or if you miss a dose of the drug. Missing a pill can increase your risk of becoming pregnant.
Lo Loestrin Fe will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases.
You should not take Lo Loestrin Fe if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby. The drug may cause birth defects. You should wait at least three weeks to start Lo Loestrin Fe if you have recently had a vaginal delivery, and six weeks if you have had a caesarean section.
Because small amounts of hormone are excreted in breast milk, and this may also decrease the quantity of milk, you should probably use other forms of birth control while nursing.
You should not take Lo Loestrin Fe if you have:
You should also not take this medication if you are a smoker and are over age 35, or if you have ever had breast or uterine cancer, jaundice caused by birth control pills, a heart attack, a stroke or a blood clot.
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Lo Loestrin Fe Side Effects
Less Serious Side Effects of Lo Loestrin Fe
Some less serious side effects of this drug may include:
- Mild nausea
- Breast tenderness or swelling
- Freckles or darkening of facial skin
- Changes in weight or appetite
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Changes in menstrual periods
- Decreased sex drive
- Problems with contact lenses
Serious Side Effects of Lo Loestrin Fe
You should stop using Lo Loestrin Fe and call your doctor if you experience serious side effects such as:
- Sudden and severe headache
- Sudden confusion
- Chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder
- Nausea, sweating
- Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden vision, speech, or balance problems
- Sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood
- Pain, swelling, warmth or redness in one or both legs
- Change in severity of migraine headaches
- Swelling of hands, ankles, or feet
- Breast lump
- Nausea, upper stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine, clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Symptoms of depression
Lo Loestrin Fe Interactions
o Other Drugs Affect the Way Lo Loestrin Fe Works?
Some drugs may make Lo Loestrin Fe less effective, which could result in pregnancy. Tell your doctor if are taking any of the following:
Lo Loestrin Fe should never be taken with tranexamic acid (Cyklokapron, Lysteda).
Lo Loestrin Fe may alter drug levels or increase the effect of other drugs such as warfarin (Coumadin), dantrolene (Dantrium), or tizanidine (Zanaflex).
Should I Avoid Any Food, Drink or Activity While Taking Lo Loestrin Fe?
You should avoid smoking while taking Lo Loestrin Fe, especially if you are over age 35. Smoking can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack caused by this medication.
Lo Loestrin Fe Dosage
What Are the Typical Dosages for Lo Loestrin Fe?
You will take your first pill of Lo Loestrin Fe on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts. You should take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours apart. When the pills in your 28-day pack run out, you should start a new pack the following day.
Lo Loestrin Fe provides an oral contraceptive regimen of 24 blue active tablets and two white active tablets, followed by two brown non-hormonal placebo tablets.
What Happens if I Take too Much Lo Loestrin Fe and Overdose?
If you suspect an overdose, you should contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. You can get in touch with a poison control center at (800) 222-1222.
What Happens if I Miss a Dose of Lo Loestrin Fe or Don't Take It as Prescribed?
You should follow the instructions provided with your Lo Loestrin Fe tablets. Missing a pill increases your risk of becoming pregnant.
If you miss one blue pill:
- Take it as soon as you remember and then take the next pill at your regular time. You may be taking two pills in one day. If you miss one blue pill, you do not need to use a back-up birth control method if you have sex.
If you miss two blue pills in a row in week one or week two of your pack:
- Take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day, and take one pill a day until you finish the pack. You could become pregnant if you have sex during the first seven days after you restart your Lo Loestrin Fe pills. You should use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as a condom and spermicide) as a back-up for those seven days.
If you miss two pills (blue or white) in a row in week three or week four of your pack:
- Throw out the rest of the pill pack and start a new pack that same day. You may not have your period this month. However, if you miss your period two months in a row, call your doctor because you might be pregnant. You could become pregnant if you have sex during the first seven days after you restart your Lo Loestrin Fe pills. You should use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as a condom and spermicide) as a back-up for those seven days.
If you miss three or more pills (blue or white) in a row at any time:
- Throw out the rest of the pack and start a new pack that same day. You may not have your period this month. However, if you miss your period two months in a row, call your doctor because you might be pregnant. You could become pregnant if you have sex on the days when you missed pills or during the first seven days after restarting your pills. You should use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as a condom and spermicide) as a back-up the next time you have sex and for the first seven days after you restart your pills.
If you forget either of the two brown "reminder" pills in week 4:
- Throw away the pills you missed. Keep taking one pill each day until the pack is empty. You do not need to use a back-up method of birth control.
If you are still not sure what to do about the pills you have missed:
- Use a back-up method of birth control when you have sex and keep taking one pill each day until you can reach your doctor.
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