Loestrin 24 Fe Medication Information

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 type of oral contraceptive (commonly called birth control pills) that comes in tablet form and is designed to be taken every day, preferably at the same time each day. Some women find that picking a time that is easy to remember, such as at breakfast or bedtime, helps them take this medicine consistently. This is important because it ensures the drug's effectiveness and helps prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Prior to taking this medication, inform your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you may have, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a clotting disorder, and also about any other drugs you are taking. Loestrin 24 Fe can interact with some medications, which might decrease the effectiveness of this form of contraception. Discussing these issues with your healthcare provider can help him or her be certain that this birth control pill is right for you.
(For more information on this medication, click Loestrin 24 Fe. This article takes a detailed look at this medicine, explaining how it works to prevent pregnancy, possible side effects, what to do if you forget to take a dose, and more.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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