Loestrin 24 Fe Risks

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. 
Most medications are relatively free from risk, and Loestrin® 24 Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is no exception. However, that does not mean this birth control pill is right for every woman. Women who have a history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes may need to consider a different form of contraception, or may need to be monitored more closely while taking this drug.
In addition, some women may experience a greater risk of side effects with Loestrin 24 Fe than others. In general, this medication is well tolerated and women experience few, if any, problems with it, but side effects are a possibility. For example, this oral contraceptive may change your menstrual bleeding patterns and, in rare cases, can cause benign (noncancerous) liver tumors.
(To learn more about these and other Loestrin 24 Fe risks, click Loestrin 24 Fe Warnings and Precautions and Loestrin 24 Fe Side Effects.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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