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Necon

Necon® 1/35
(norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets USP

Necon® 0.5/35
(norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets USP

Necon® 10/11
(norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets USP

Necon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) ® 1/50
(norethindrone and mestranol) Tablets USP

Patients should be counseled that this product does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Each of the following products is a combination oral contraceptive containing the progestational compound norethindrone and the estrogenic compound ethinyl estradiol:

Necon® 1/35 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) : Each dark yellow tablet contains 1 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. Inactive ingredients include D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose (anhydrous), magnesium stearate, polacrilin potassium, and povidone. Each white tablet in the Necon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) ® 1/35 package contains only inert ingredients, as follows: micro- crystalline cellulose, lactose (anhydrous), and magnesium stearate.

Necon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) ® 0.5/35: Each light yellow tablet contains 0.5 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. Inactive ingredients include D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose (anhydrous), magnesium stearate, polacrilin potassium, and povidone. Each white tablet in the Necon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) ® 0.5/35 package contains only inert ingredients as listed under white tablets in Necon® 1/35 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) .

Necon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) ® 10/11: Each light yellow tablet (10) contains 0.5 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. Each dark yellow tablet (11) contains 1 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. Inactive ingredients include D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, microcrys- talline cellulose, lactose (anhydrous), magnesium stearate, polacrilin potassium, and povidone. Each white tablet in the Necon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) ® 10/11 package contains only inert ingredients as listed under white tablets in Necon® 1/35 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) .

Each of the following products is a combination oral contraceptive containing the progestational compound norethindrone and the estrogenic compound mestranol:

Necon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) ® 1/50: Each light blue tablet contains 1 mg of norethindrone and 0.05 mg of mestranol. Inactive ingredients include FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose (anhydrous), magnesium stearate, polacrilin potassium, and povidone. Each white tablet in the Necon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) ® 1/50 package contains only inert ingredients as listed under white tablets in Necon® 1/35 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets ) .

The chemical name for norethindrone is 17- hydroxy-19-nor-17a-pregn-4-en-20-yn-3-one, for ethinyl estradiol is 19-nor-17a-pregna- 1,3,5(10)-trien-20-yn-3,17-diol, and for mestranol is 3-methoxy-19-nor-17a-pregna-1,3,5(10)- trien-20-yn-17-ol. The structural formulas are as follows:

Necon ((Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol) structural formula illustration

What are the possible side effects of birth control pills?

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...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 3/24/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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