Loestrin 24 Fe Dangers

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. 
In general, most women have no problems when taking Loestrin® 24 Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol). The medication is usually well tolerated, and if any side effects do occur, they are often mild and easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, there is a risk of potentially dangerous reactions to Loestrin 24 Fe that you need to be aware of before beginning treatment.
For example, it is important to know that this birth control pill -- like all combined oral contraceptives -- can increase a woman's risk for blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. This risk is especially high for women over the age of 35 who smoke. In addition, in rare cases, liver tumors have occurred in women taking Loestrin 24 Fe. These are not dangerous, in that they are not cancerous; if a tumor ruptures, however, problems can occur.
(To learn more about these and other potential dangers, click Loestrin 24 Fe Side Effects and Loestrin 24 Fe Warnings and Precautions.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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