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Femhrt Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Femhrt (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol) is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, and vaginal dryness, burning, and irritation. It is also used to prevent osteoporosis. It is a combination of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include mild nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, breast tenderness or swelling, freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair, changes in weight or appetite, problems with contact lenses, runny nose, vaginal itching or discharge, changes in menstrual periods, decreased sex drive, headache, dizziness, or sleep problems.
The recommended dose of Femhrt is to take the prescribed amount once daily for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause. Femhrt may interact with acetaminophen, cyclosporine, prednisolone, theophylline, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, rifampin, or HIV or AIDS medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Do not use Femhrt if you are pregnant. This medication can cause birth defects. 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 breastfeeding.
Our Femhrt (norethindrone acetate, 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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Femhrt in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden headache, confusion, pain behind the eyes, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling; or
- gallbladder problems (pain in your upper right stomach area with nausea and vomiting);
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
- a breast lump.
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
- breast tenderness or swelling;
- freckles or darkening of facial skin;
- increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair;
- changes in weight or appetite;
- problems with contact lenses;
- runny nose;
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive; or
- headache, dizziness, sleep problems.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Femhrt (Norethindrone Acetate, Ethinyl Estradiol) »
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Femhrt FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice. The adverse reaction information from clinical trials does, however, provide a basis for identifying the adverse events that appear to be related to drug use and for approximating rates.
Adverse events reported in controlled clinical studies of femhrt (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol) are shown in Table 6 below.
Table 6. All Treatment-Emergent Adverse Events Reported at a Frequency of ≥ 5% of Patients with femhrt (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol)
|BODY SYSTEM/Adverse Event||Percent of Patients (%)|
N = 247
N = 244
N = 258
|BODY AS A WHOLE||40.1||38.5||39.5|
|Nausea and/or Vomiting||5.3||5.3||7.4|
|Urinary Tract Infection||3.2||3.7||6.2|
The following additional adverse reactions have been reported with estrogen and/or progestin therapy.
Changes in vaginal bleeding pattern and abnormal withdrawal bleeding or flow; breakthrough bleeding; spotting; increase in size of uterine leiomyomata, vaginitis, including vaginal candidiasis; change in amount of cervical secretion; changes in cervical ectropion; ovarian cancer; endometrial hyperplasia; endometrial cancer.
Retinal vascular thrombosis, intolerance to contact lenses.
Central nervous system
Increase or decrease in weight; reduced carbohydrate tolerance; aggravation of porphyria; edema; arthalgias; leg cramps; changes in libido; urticaria, angioedema, anaphylactoid/anaplylactic reactions; hypocalcemia; exacerbation of asthma; increased triglycerides.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Femhrt (Norethindrone Acetate, Ethinyl Estradiol) »
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