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Femhrt Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What are ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
- What are the possible side effects of my ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
- How should I take ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Femhrt)?
- What happens if I overdose (Femhrt)?
- What should I avoid while taking my ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
- What other drugs will affect ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Femhrt)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose (Femhrt)?
An overdose of ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone is unlikely to threaten life. Call an emergency room or poison control center for advice.
Symptoms of a ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone overdose might include nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding.
What should I avoid while taking my ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using this medication.
Avoid smoking while using this medication. Smoking can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack caused by taking hormones.
What other drugs will affect ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?
Before taking ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- acetaminophen (Tylenol);
- cyclosporine (Neoral, Gengraf, Sandimmune);
- prednisolone (Orapred);
- theophylline (Respbid, Theo-Dur);
- St. John's wort;
- an antibiotic such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin), itraconazole (Sporanox), or ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- seizure medication such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol) or phenobarbital (Solfoton);
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rifamate, Rimactane); or
- HIV or AIDS medication such as ritonavir (Norvir, Kaletra).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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