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Generic Microgestin Fe 1/20 Ultra-Low-Dose Birth Control (Prescription Product)

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Generic Microgestin Fe* 1/20 (Norethindrone Eth-Estra Fe 1/20) is an ultra-low-dose combination oral contraceptive containing 1mg norethindrone acetate (a progestin) and 20mcg ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen) in the first 21 pills. The last seven pills contain ferrous fumarate (iron) 75mg. The iron is a supplement but does not play a role in pregnancy prevention. This birth control Rx is also sold under the following brand and generic names Tarina Fe 1/20, Blisovi Fe 1/20, Larin Fe 1/20, Junel Fe 1/20, Gildess Fe 1/20, and Loestrin Fe 1/20. Each pack contains 28 pills. Choose your quantity of packs below, up to 6 packs.

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Generic Microgestin Fe: birth control plus iron supplement

In addition to preventing pregnancy, norethindrone eth-estra fe 1/20 may reduce the heaviness of periods and lessen the amount of bleeding. The extra dose of iron in the inactive remider pills may help offset low iron levels that may result from heavy bleeding if the bleeding is not lessened.

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.

Since the amount of each active ingredient remains the same in each pill, generic Microgestin Fe 1/20 (norethindrone eth-estra Fe 1/20) belongs to a class of combination birth control pills called monophasic. 

Norethindrone Eth-Estra Fe 1/20 is also known as Tarina Fe 1/20, Blisovi Fe 1/20, Larin Fe 1/20, Junel Fe 1/20, Gildess Fe 1/20, Microgestin Fe 1/20 and Loestrin Fe 1/20.

How does norethindrone eth-estra fe 1/20 work?

Like other progestin-estrogen birth control pills Norethindrone Eth-Estra Fe 1/20

  • Prevents ovulation
  • Reduces the chance of the sperm reaching the egg by thickening cervical mucus
  • Thins the uterine lining which reduces the ability egg attachment.

What are the benefits of low-dose birth control pills?

Low-dose and ultra-low-dose birth control pills may be more tolerable for women who have had side effects from higher doses of estrogen in other birth control pills. Women can expect lighter periods with low-dose and ultra-low-dose birth control pills.

There are 3 categories of COC: standard dose, low-dose, and ultra-low-dose. A standard dose birth control pill may have between 35-40 micrograms of estrogen. Birth control pills that have 35 micrograms or less of estrogen are considered "low dose". Ultra-low-dose birth control pills contain 20mg or less of estrogen. 

How do I take norethindrone eth-estra fe?

Take norethindrone eth-estra fe every day for 28 days. If you feel nauseous after taking it, try taking it at meal time. Although no contraceptive is 100% effective, all birth control pills are most effective when taken at the same time every day. Norethindrone Eth-Estra Fe is considered 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken as instructed.

What are some off-label uses for norethindrone eth-estra fe 1/20?

  • Help normalize periods
  • Help relieve painful periods
  • Reduce risk of ovarian cysts
  • Treat severe acne

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

More Information
Is a Prescription Product Yes
Use or Effects Birth Control
Form Pill
Drug Class/Pharmacology Estrogens, Progestin/Estrogen Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC)
Product Specifics

For a complete list of precautions and warning, refer to the information included with your prescription. Always follow instructions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist,

Generic Microgestin Fe 1/20 should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. If you have just given birth or had a pregnancy loss/abortion after the first 3 months, talk with your doctor about reliable forms of birth control, and find out when it is safe to start using birth control that contains a form of estrogen, such as this medication.

Generic Microgestin Fe (Norethindrone Eth-Estra Fe 1/20) is also known as Tarina Fe 1/20, Blisovi Fe 1/20, Larin Fe 1/20, Junel Fe 1/20, Gildess Fe 1/20, Microgestin Fe 1/20 and Loestrin Fe 1/20.

This medication may decrease breast milk production. A small amount passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Using this medication does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia).

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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