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Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe

Last reviewed on RxList: 1/11/2018
Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 1/11/2018

Norminest Fe Tablets (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) and Norquest Fe Tablets (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) are oral contraceptives indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use these products as a method of contraception. Common side effects of Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe include:

  • irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting,
  • problems wearing contact lenses,
  • fluid retention (edema),
  • spotty darkening of the skin (particularly of the face),
  • changes in appetite,
  • headache,
  • nervousness,
  • depression,
  • dizziness,
  • loss of scalp hair,
  • rash, and
  • vaginal infections.

Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from use of oral contraceptives such as Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe. Women who use oral contraceptives including Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe are strongly advised not to smoke.

To achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness, Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe oral contraceptive pills must be taken exactly as directed and at intervals not exceeding 24 hours. The 28-pill pack has 21 “active” white or blue or yellow-green pills (with hormones) to take for 3 weeks, followed by 1 week of “reminder” brown pills (without hormones). Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe may interact with rifampin, barbiturates, phenylbutazone, and antibiotics. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe; oral contraceptive use should be discontinued if pregnancy is confirmed. Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe pass into breast milk. Oral contraceptives such as Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe decrease the quantity and quality of breast milk. Nursing mothers mother are advised to use other forms of contraception until the child has been weaned. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Norminest Fe Tablets (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) and Norquest Fe Tablets (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.

QUESTION

Which of the following are methods for contraception? See Answer
Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

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:

  • Mesentric thrombosis
  • Retinal thrombosis

The following adverse reactions have been reported in patients receiving oral contraceptives and are believed to be drug-related:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as abdominal cramps and bloating)
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Spotting
  • Change in menstrual flow
  • Amenorrhea
  • Temporary infertility after discontinuation of treatment
  • Edema
  • Melasma which may persist
  • Breast changes: tenderness, enlargement, secretion
  • Change in weight (increase or decrease)
  • Change in cervical erosion and secretion
  • Diminution in lactation when given immediately postpartum
  • Cholestatic jaundice
  • Migraine
  • Rash (allergic)
  • Mental depression
  • Reduced tolerance to carbohydrates
  • Vaginal candidiasis
  • Change in corneal curvature (steepening)
  • Intolerance to contact lenses

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 Norminest Fe and Norquest Fe (Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)

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