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.
24 Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a combined oral contraceptive
that works to prevent pregnancy in a few different ways -- primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). Most women find this medication to be safe, effective, and easy to use. However, in some cases, bothersome side effects occur, and an alternative to Loestrin 24 Fe needs to be considered.
Specific substitutes include another type of combined oral contraceptive, a progestin-only contraceptive, or a product with different phases of hormones. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, and women often find that several different types of pills work equally well for them. Your healthcare provider can discuss these various Loestrin 24 Fe alternatives with you, and together you can decide which one makes the most sense for your particular situation.