Last updated on RxList: 8/25/2017
Philith Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 8/25/2017

Philith (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets are oral contraceptives indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception. Philith is available in generic form. Common side effects of Philith include:

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

To achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness, Philith must be taken exactly as directed and at intervals not exceeding 24 hours. The dosage of Philith is one light orange tablet daily for 21 consecutive days, followed by one pink inert tablet daily for 7 consecutive days, according to prescribed schedule. Philith may interact with rifampin, drugs used for epilepsy such as barbiturates and phenytoin, phenylbutazone, ampicillin, and tetracycline antibiotics. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Philith is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Small amounts of Philith pass into breast milk and may cause adverse reactions in nursing infants. Breastfeeding while using Philith is not recommended.

Our Philith (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol tablets) 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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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 Philith (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)


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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:

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

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 Philith (Norethindrone and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)

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