What is Microgestin FE 1/20?
Microgestin FE 1/20 contains an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone acetate). The hormones in this drug help prevent ovulation (the process by which the ovaries release an egg) so that pregnancy can’t occur. The first 21 pills in each pack contain hormones while the last 7 pills are placebos that contain a small amount of iron. Women taking this medication should have their period while taking the placebo pills.
How do I take Microgestin FE 1/20?
Read all the instructions accompanying Microgestin FE 1/20. Choose a time to take the medication and take it at the same time every day for maximum effectiveness. Always refill your prescription before finishing a package of pills, and start a new package the day after you finish the old one. Skipping doses increases your likelihood of becoming pregnant.
Before taking Microgestin FE 1/20, tell your doctor if:
You are allergic to any of the ingredients in this drug, or you have any other allergies
You are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drugs, supplements, or vitamins
You think you may be pregnant
You have unusual vaginal bleeding
You have or have had hormone-related cancer (e.g. breast or cervical cancer)
You have had a stroke, blood clot, or any heart problems
You have any liver problems or have had jaundice while pregnant or using hormonal birth control
You have a family history of breast cancer or have had an abnormal mammogram
You have diabetes
You have depression
You get severe migraines
You have high cholesterol, triglyceride, or calcium levels
You have uterine fibroids or endometriosis
You are a smoker
What are the possible side effects of taking Microgestin FE 1/20?
Hormonal birth control drugs like Microgestin FE 1/20 may cause breast tenderness, nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, weight changes, or breakthrough bleeding between periods. Side effects usually subside as your body adjusts to the medicine; if any side effects persist or get worse, tell your doctor. Get medical attention right away if you have any rare but serious side effects, including a breast lump, leg pain or swelling, coughing up blood, weakness on one side of your body, vision changes, severe migraines, shortness of breath, swollen legs or ankles, or fainting. The above does not constitute a complete list of side effects; if you have any other conditions that concern you, talk to your doctor right away.
What if I forget to take a dose of Microgestin FE 1/20?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, even if that means taking 2 pills in the same day. If you miss more than 1 dose, review the instructions that came with your prescription to find out what to do. You should use a backup method of birth control for at least 7 days after missing multiple doses. If you regularly forget doses, talk to your doctor about other methods of birth control that may be better for you.
How do I store Microgestin FE 1/20?
Store your Microgestin FE 1/20 package in a dry space at room temperature. Do not leave your medication anywhere that children or pets could reach it.
What happens if I overdose on Microgestin FE 1/20?
Overdosing on Microgestin FE 1/20 may cause nausea, vaginal bleeding, or other side effects. Call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 to find out what to do if you have overdosed on this oral contraceptive.
Microgestin FE 1/20 is formulated to prevent pregnancy but will not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. This medication may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so wear protective clothing or sunscreen if you plan to be outside for an extended length of time. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely. Microgestin FE 1/20 can affect your blood sugar levels, and your doctor may need to change the dosage of your diabetes medications.
Microgestin FE 1/20 is a brand name drug. The same hormone formulation is also found in the brand name Loestrin FE 1/20 and the branded generics Tarina FE 1/20, Blisovi FE 1/20, Larin FE 1/20, Gildess FE 1/20, and Junel FE 1/20. There are many other similar hormonal birth control drugs, so talk to your doctor to determine which product is best for you. After your doctor writes a prescription, use HelpRx to get a coupon good for up to 75% off at the pharmacy.