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Loestrin 24 Fe Contraceptive

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. 
One of the most common forms of birth control is the oral contraceptive -- sometimes referred to as "the pill." Loestrin® 24 Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a combined oral contraceptive, which means it contains two different hormones -- a progestin and an estrogen -- that work together to prevent pregnancy.
This product comes in a pack of 28 tablets. One pill should be taken by mouth each day, preferably at the same time each day.
Although most women have no problems with this oral contraceptive, Loestrin 24 Fe can cause side effects. Commonly reported ones include headaches, breast tenderness, and spotting between periods. However, many women also report shorter, lighter periods while using this drug.
Side effects that are potentially serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider include signs of an allergic reaction, signs of a stroke, and heavy, abnormal bleeding between periods.
(Click Loestrin 24 Fe for more information on this contraceptive, including what to do if you miss a dose, how it works to prevent pregnancy, and important information for the healthcare provider prescribing it.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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