Ovcon is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it contains a combination of two different hormones (an estrogen and a progestin). There are two different strengths available, one of which contains a higher amount of estrogen. Ovcon works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, changing the cervical mucus, and altering the lining of the uterus. Possible side effects of the drug include headaches, nausea, and spotting between periods.

What Is Ovcon?

Ovcon® (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. It is a type of "monophasic" birth control pill, which means that there is only one strength of hormones in each pack (unlike biphasic or triphasic pills, which have different phases of pills that contain different strengths of hormones in each pack). Ovcon comes in two different strengths, Ovcon 35 and Ovcon 50. Compared to most other birth control pills that are currently available, Ovcon 50 contains more estrogen.
(Click Ovcon Uses for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes Ovcon?

Ovcon is made by Warner Chilcott Company, Inc. Generic Ovcon 35 is sold under the following names:
  • Balziva™ (made by Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
  • Briellyn™ (by Glenmark Generics)
  • Philith™ (by Novast Laboratories for NorthStar Rx LLC)
  • Zenchent™ (by Watson Laboratories, Inc.).
No generic Ovcon 50 is available at this time (see Generic Ovcon for more information).
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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