Generic Loestrin Fe - 1.5/30

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Loestrin Fe 1.5/30, is a combination birth control pill containing 1.5 mg of norethindrone acetate (a progesterone) and 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen). The last seven "reminder" pills contain contain 75 mg ferrous fumarate (iron). Each pack contains 28 pills.

Please note: We cannot provide telemedicine for birth control in SC.

What Is Loestrin Fe 1.5/30?

Loestrin Fe 1.5/30 is a brand name birth control pill containing two different hormones classifying it as a combination birth control pill. It's also classified as "monophasic," because the level of the active ingredients, norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol in each active pill remains the same throughout the cycle.

FDA-approved generics of Loestrin Fe 1.5/30 include Junel Fe, Larin Fe, Blisovi Fe, Gildess Fe, Microgestin Fe, Aurovela Fe, Hailey Fe. All of these birth control pills have the suffix "1.5/30" which represents the amount of active ingredients in the medicine.

What Does "Fe" Mean in the Birth Control Pill Name?

Birth control pills with "Fe" in their name contain iron supplements in the last reminder pills. These pills are considered inactive "reminder" pills because they do not impact birth control. Birth control pills in this group may reduce the heaviness of periods and lessen the amount of bleeding. However, if they do not regulate your period, the iron dosage can help offset low iron levels that may result from heavy bleeding.

Recommended dosages to treat iron deficiency are higher than 75mg, usually 150-200mg. However 75mg of iron is higher than the RDA of iron, so your physician will determine if these iron pills are right for you. Reminder pills also help continue the habit of taking a pill every day.

How Does Loestrin Fe Prevent Pregnancy?

Similar to other combination birth control pills, the active ingredients norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol prevent pregnancy in three ways.

  • The main mechanic of action is to inhibit ovulation or the maturation of the egg.
  • Next it thickens cervical mucus which is meant to prevent sperm from reaching the egg.
  • Lastly, the pill inhibits the egg from attaching to the uterine lining.

Although no contraceptive is 100% effective when taken as instructed norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol and other combination oral contraceptives are 91% effective according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

How Do I Take Generic Loestrin Fe 1.5/30?

Take the pill every day at the same time. If you feel nauseous after taking norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol, taking it with food may ease your stomach.

What Are Off-Label Uses For This Birth Control Pill?

  • Help normalize periods
  • Help relieve painful periods
  • Decrease risk of ovarian cysts
  • Acne in adult women and children 15 and older

To ensure that we provide you with the best price, we may substitute one generic for another.

Refer to the patient pamphlet for complete medication information.

Who should not take this pill:

  • Women who are pregnant
  • Breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
  • Have had jaundice during pregnancy or with estrogen-based hormonal therapy or contraceptive medicine

Possible side effects of this pill:

  • Fluid retention
  • Minor sensitivity and/or bleeding of gums
  • Sun sensitivity

No contraceptive method is 100% effective. Birth control methods such as having surgery to become sterile or not having sex are more effective than birth control pills. Discuss your options for birth control with your doctor.

This birth control medication does not protect against HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases. It will not help as emergency contraception, such as after unprotected sexual contact.

Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise, nutritional supplement program, and/or any prescription or OTC product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

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