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Femhrt Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?

This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant, or if you miss two menstrual periods in a row.

Do not use this medication if you have:

  • abnormal vaginal bleeding that a doctor has not checked;
  • a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer;
  • a history of blood clot or circulation problems;
  • if you have recently had a stroke or heart attack;
  • if you have had your uterus removed (hysterectomy); or
  • if you have ever had an allergic reaction to birth control pills or other hormones.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions.

  • high blood pressure or heart disease;
  • high cholesterol, gallbladder disease, or diabetes;
  • asthma;
  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • liver disease;
  • a thyroid disorder;
  • high levels of calcium in your blood;
  • migraine headaches or a history of depression;
  • fibroid tumors in your uterus; or
  • a history of breast cancer or an abnormal mammogram.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication.

The hormones in this medication can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medication may also slow breast milk production. Do not use if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Femhrt)?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

Try to take your medicine at the same time each day.

If you need to have any type of medical tests or surgery, or if you will be on bed rest, you may need to stop using this medication for a short time. Any doctor or surgeon who treats you should know that you are using hormones.

It is important to use ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Have regular physical exams and self-examine your breasts for lumps on a monthly basis while using ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone.

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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