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Generic Microgestin Fe 1/20


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

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 reminder 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.

Microgestin Fe 1/20 belongs to a category of birth control pills known as combination pills because it contains an estrogen and a progestin. It's also classified as "monophasic," because the potency of each active pill remains the same throughout the cycle.

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 three 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. 

What Are 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 complete patient information, refer to the enclosed pamphlet included with your prescription.

Partial list of precautions include:

This medicine can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. You are even more at risk if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or if you are overweight. Your risk of stroke or blood clot is highest during your first year of taking birth control pills. Your risk is also high when you restart birth control pills after not taking them for 4 weeks or longer.

Possible side effects:

  • Acne
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Water Retention

Smoking can greatly increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. Your risk increases the older you are and the more you smoke. You should not take this medicine if you smoke and are over 35 years old.

Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop using this medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant, or if you miss 2 menstrual periods in a row. If you have recently had a baby, wait at least 4 weeks before taking this medicine

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. 

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 mealtime. Although no contraceptive is 100% effective, all birth control pills are most effective when taken at the same time every day. 

How effective is generic Microgestin Fe 1/20?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), birth control pills are 91% effective when taken as recommended.

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