Women typically use Necon for preventing pregnancy. However, healthcare providers may also recommend off-label Necon uses, such as treating acne, premenstrual dysphoric syndrome, and painful menstrual periods. Necon is approved for use only in adult and adolescent females who have started their menstrual periods. The drug works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, as well as by altering the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus.
Necon® is a generic oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill. There are actually five different types of Necon available, including:
- Necon 10/11 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol), a biphasic birth control pill (generic for Ortho-Novum® 10/11)
- Necon 7/7/7 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol), a triphasic birth control pill (generic for Ortho-Novum 7/7/7)
- Necon 0.5/35 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol), a monophasic birth control pill (generic for Modicon®)
- Necon 1/35 (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol), a monophasic birth control pill (generic for Ortho-Novum 1/35)
- Necon 1/50 (norethindrone and mestranol), a monophasic pill with a high dose of estrogen (generic for Ortho-Novum 1/50).
"Monophasic" means that there is only one dose of hormones throughout the pack. "Biphasic" means that there are two different phases, with two different doses of hormones, in the pack. "Triphasic" means that there are three different phases, with three different hormone doses, in each pack.