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Brevicon Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Brevicon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to treat severe acne. It is a combination of female hormones. Common side effects include nausea or vomiting, appetite or weight changes, breast swelling or tenderness, headache, nervousness, dizziness, problems with contact lenses, freckles or darkening of facial skin, loss of scalp hair, or vaginal itching or discharge.

With either a Day 1 start or Sunday start, the dose of Brevicon is 1 tablet (white or yellow-green or blue) taken each day at the same time for 21 days. Orange tablets are then taken for 7 days, whether bleeding has stopped or not. After all 28 tablets have been taken, whether bleeding has stopped or not, the same schedule is repeated beginning on the following day. Brevicon may interact with acetaminophen, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), bosentan, prednisolone, St. John's wort, theophylline, antibiotics, HIV or AIDS medications, phenobarbital or other barbiturates, or seizure medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Do not use Brevicon if you are pregnant. The hormones in birth control pills can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medication may also slow breast milk production. Do not use while breastfeeding.

Our Brevicon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Brevicon in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using birth control pills and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  • sudden and severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
  • sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood;
  • pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs;
  • a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
  • a breast lump; or
  • symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea (especially when you first start taking this medicine), vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps;
  • breast tenderness or swelling, nipple discharge;
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair;
  • changes in weight or appetite;
  • problems with contact lenses;
  • vaginal itching or discharge; or
  • changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) »

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Brevicon FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

An increased risk of the following serious adverse reactions has been associated with the use of oral contraceptives (see WARNINGS section):

There is evidence of an association between the following conditions and the use of oral contraceptives, although additional confirmatory studies are needed:

  • Mesenteric thrombosis
  • Retinal thrombosis

The following adverse reactions have been reported in patients receiving oral contraceptives and are believed to be drug-related:

The following adverse reactions have been reported in users of oral contraceptives and the association has been neither confirmed nor refuted:

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Brevicon (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) »

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