Brevicon Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 10/19/2021
Brevicon Side Effects Center

What Is Brevicon?

Brevicon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) is a combination of female hormones used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. Brevicon is also used to treat severe acne.

What Are Side Effects of Brevicon?

Common side effects of Brevicon include:

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

Dosage for Brevicon

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.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Brevicon?

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.

Brevicon During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

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.

Additional Information

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 Consumer Information

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

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
  • signs of a blood clot--sudden vision loss, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood, pain or warmth in one or both legs;
  • heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
  • liver problems--loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, tiredness, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • increased blood pressure--severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears;
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
  • a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
  • a breast lump; or
  • symptoms of depression--sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting;
  • breast tenderness;
  • breakthrough bleeding;
  • headache; or
  • problems with contact lenses.

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 Tablets)


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Brevicon Professional Information


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 Tablets)

© Brevicon Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Brevicon Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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