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Loestrin 24 Fe Safety 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. 
Most women find that Loestrin® 24 Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a safe medication that provides effective birth control. However, because side effects and other problems are possible, you should review this information with your healthcare provider prior to taking this combined oral contraceptive.
For example, Loestrin 24 Fe may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved and controversial issue. Interestingly enough, combined oral contraceptives seem to help protect women against ovarian and uterine cancer. In addition, if you have gallbladder disease or depression, this birth control pill can cause these conditions to become worse. You should report worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider.
By reviewing the safety information on Loestrin 24 Fe with your healthcare provider, the two of you can make sure that this is the right contraceptive product for you and that you know what to do should problems occur.
(For more information on how to take Loestrin 24 Fe safely, click Loestrin 24 Fe Warnings and Precautions. This article describes various problems that can occur while taking this drug and explains when a woman may need to avoid it altogether.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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