This product (like all oral contraceptives) is intended to prevent pregnancy. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious problems with your heart and blood vessels from oral contraceptive use. This risk increases with age and with the amount of smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and is apparent in women over 35 years of age. Women who use oral contraceptives should not smoke.
How should you take Loestrin 24 FE?
Take one pill of Loestrin 24 FE every day at the same time, with or without food.
If you miss a dose...
If you forget to take your pill, take it as soon as you remember. It is okay to take 2 pills in one day, though it may cause you to be slightly nauseous.
Store at room temperature in a dry area.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include:
Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods, breast tenderness, difficulty wearing contact lenses, nausea, vomiting, weight gain
These side effects, especially nausea and vomiting, may decrease or subside within the first 3 months of use.
Do not take Loestrin 24 FE if you have blood clotting disorders, kidney or liver disease, heart disease, headaches, or a history of breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer. Also, if you plan to have surgery that will leave you immobile for a period of time, you should not use this type of birth control. Loestrin 24 FE should not be used if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Loestrin 24 FE. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, liver or kidney problems, or if you have had any type of cancer (especially breast), a heart attack, or a stroke. Your doctor should know if you have unexplained vaginal bleeding, recently had an abortion or miscarriage, recently had a baby, or you are pregnant.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Loestrin 24 FE
If Loestrin 24 FE is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Loestrin 24 FE with the following:
Herbal medicine (such as St. John's wort)
I was on it.It wasnt for me at all.I bleed for 10 days really bad.I call my obgyn office they told me If I cant wait until Monday go to the ER.That how bad it was for me
I use a pad and tampoon at the sametime.I saw another obgyn the next day she told me it wasnt the pills for me..She said it was too low for me and said I want you to try something else. I am on another pill now,I lve it very very much
i've started taking this pill and so far its good for me the only side effect i've noticed is UTI or urinary trxt infection which is a possible side effect from this pill but you know every body is differnt
i have been taking loestrin for almost a year and a half. lately my periods have been delayed...but i still get my period. but this month it's weird.. it is taking longer than usual. me and my fiance always have unprotected sex.. but is it normal to have your period almost 2 weeks late? i need answers