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Levonorgestrel and Ethinylestradiol

Levonorgestrel and Ethinylestradiol

What is ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel?

Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel is a combination birth control pill containing female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.

Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. There are many brands and forms of this medicine available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet.

Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take your first pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins. You may need to use back-up birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using this medicine. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours apart. When the pills run out, start a new pack the following day. You may get pregnant if you do not take one pill daily. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of pills completely.

Ethinyl Estradiol & Levonorgestrel Usage

Follow the instructions on your medication's label. This medication is manufactured in many different dosage strengths, which require close attention to that brand's instructions for use.

Side effects of ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel

  • 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, fever, 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

Uses of Ethinyl Estradiol & Levonorgestrel

Levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol is a prescription birth control medication used to prevent pregnancy.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Ethinyl Estradiol & Levonorgestrel Brand Names

Ethinyl Estradiol & Levonorgestrel may be found in some form under the following brand names:

  • Alesse
  • Altavera
  • Amethia
  • Amethia Lo
  • Amethyst
  • Ashlyna

Ethinyl Estradiol & Levonorgestrel Interactions

Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines and herbal products that you take. Some medicines and herbal products may make birth control pills less effective, including:

  • barbiturates
  • bosentan
  • carbamazepine
  • felbamate
  • griseofulvin
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