Femcon Fe Side Effects

Although most women do not experience side effects while taking Femcon Fe, reactions to the drug are always a possibility. Some of the common side effects include headaches, nausea, and mood swings. In most cases, these side effects are minor and easily treated. However, you should seek medical care if you develop more serious side effects, such as chest pain or migraines.

An Introduction to Femcon Fe Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Femcon® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol). However, not all women who use the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Often, some of the bothersome side effects of Femcon Fe improve (or even go away completely) within the first few cycles of use.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with this drug. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Femcon Fe side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Femcon Fe

In clinical studies for most medications, one group of people receives the actual medication, while another group is given a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). The side effects in both groups are carefully documented and compared. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. However, it is not possible to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies.
It is difficult to obtain much information about side effects from studies that do not use a placebo. In fact, the side effects listed in the prescribing information for Femcon Fe are actually side effects of all birth control pills in general. Some of the common bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects of birth control pills include:

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