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Femcon Fe Warnings and Precautions

Specific Femcon Fe Warnings and Precautions

Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using Femcon Fe include the following:
  • Femcon Fe can interact with a number of different medications (see Femcon Fe Drug Interactions). Some of these interactions are severe enough to increase the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
  • Even though Femcon Fe is effective, your risk of pregnancy greatly increases if you do not take it exactly as directed.
  • Combined oral contraceptives, including Femcon Fe, increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. These risks are quite minimal for healthy, young, nonsmokers. However, tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, or chest pain. Smoking cigarettes greatly increases the risk of these serious Femcon Fe side effects. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
  • The medication does not protect against HIV, AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many cases, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Femcon Fe.
  • Hormonal contraceptives, including Femcon Fe, can increase your blood pressure. This can be a problem if you already have high blood pressure.
  • Combined oral contraceptives may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved and controversial issue. However, combined oral contraceptives seem to help protect women against ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Oral contraceptives increase the risk of benign (noncancerous) liver tumors. In rare cases, these tumors can rupture and cause serious problems.
  • Hormonal contraceptives such as Femcon Fe can make gallbladder disease worse. Therefore, if you have had a problem with your gallbladder, this medication may not be the best contraceptive method for you.
  • Femcon Fe may increase blood sugar levels, particularly in women with diabetes. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely in this case. Let your healthcare provider know if you have any sudden vision changes, as this may be a sign of a blood clot in the eyes (a possible side effect of Femcon Fe and other hormonal contraceptives).
  • The medication can change your menstrual bleeding patterns. Some women have breakthrough bleeding (bleeding between periods), while others may not have a period at all. It is normal to have shorter and lighter periods while using Femcon Fe. However, if you notice any unusual changes in your bleeding patterns, let your healthcare provider know. If you miss a period, you should make sure you are not pregnant.
  • Femcon Fe can affect your cholesterol. Your healthcare provider may need to check your cholesterol levels after you start the drug, especially if you already have high cholesterol.
  • Sometimes, hormonal contraceptives can make depression worse. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop new or worsening symptoms of depression while taking Femcon Fe.
  • Occasionally, Femcon Fe (as well as any other hormonal contraceptive) can cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
  • Femcon Fe is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see Femcon Fe and Pregnancy).
  • Contraceptive hormones, such as the ones in Femcon Fe, pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Femcon Fe and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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