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Headaches With Loestrin 24 Fe

In 2013, the manufacturer of Loestrin 24 Fe decided to stop making this medication and replace it with Minastrin™ 24 Fe, which comes in exactly the same strengths but is chewable. 
Loestrin® 24 Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones: an estrogen and a progestin. It comes in tablet form and should be taken once a day, preferably at the same time each day.
Although this medication is generally well tolerated, some women do experience headaches with Loestrin 24 Fe. In clinical trials, between 2 and 6 percent of women taking this oral contraceptive reported this side effect. Such problems are usually minor and either don't require treatment or are easily treated.
However, if you are taking Loestrin 24 Fe and experience a particularly severe headache accompanied by vision or speech changes, these could be signs of a stroke, and you should seek prompt medical care.
(Click Loestrin 24 Fe Side Effects to learn about other reported problems with this drug, how often they occurred in studies, and other serious reactions that should be reported to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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