Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral)

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Weight gain while taking Loestrin Fe 1/20

I am 5'2, 115 pounds. I am 18 years old and about to enter college. Will Loestrin Fe 1/20 make me gain weight? If so, how much should I look for?
by Anonymous in Rose Hill, NC, 08/10/2006


I have been taking Loestrin 1/20 for about 5 years now and for the past month or two I have been feeling nauseau during the 2nd week of the beginning of a new pack.  I am 50 years old and I also never miss a pill.  I highly doubt I am pregna...
by Donna Lee in Cranford, New Jersey, 05/03/2008

taking the pill

is it true that I take the pill for three weeks and then stop taking for the 4th week of the month when my cycle is suppose to come on?   I was taking loestrin 24 and I always took everyday..?
by vereline mcclaney in USA, 05/24/2009

Loestrin Fe 1/20 (oral)

I have a question concerning Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) and diabetes. Does Loestrin Fe 1/20 cause problems such as blood clots, etc? I have a prescription but am afraid of the side efffects associated with the birth control pill. I do not know what to ta...
by Carmaleen in United States of America, 08/05/2006

What is the formulation of Loestrin Fe 1/20?

How much estrogen, progesterone, and iron are in this pill?
by Teresa Gwinette in Atlanta, GA, 10/21/2006

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Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral)

Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) Medication Classification


Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) Brandname

Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Aviane, Necon 1/35, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7, Low-Ogestrel 28, Ortho-Cyclen, Femhrt 1/5, Alesse 28, Estrostep Fe, Levora-28, Ovcon 35, Zovia 1/35e, Loestrin Fe 1/20, Sprintec

Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Oral contraceptives are birth control pills.

When To Not Use Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral)

You should not use oral contraceptives if you have ever had an allergic reaction to them or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should not use if you have heart disease or have had a blood clot.

How Should You Use Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral)

Coated Tablet, Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with food to lessen stomach upset.
  • Keep your pills in the container you receive from the pharmacy. Take the pills in the order they appear in the container.
  • Take your pill at the same time every day. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If one dose is missed: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Take 2 tablets if you do not remember until the next day. Ask your health caregiver if you need to USE ANOTHER KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL until your period begins.
  • If you miss two doses in a row: Take 2 pills a day for the next 2 days and then go back to taking one a day. Ask your health caregiver if you need to USE ANOTHER KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL until your period begins.
  • If you miss 3 doses in a row: Stop taking this month's pills AND USE A DIFFERENT METHOD OF BIRTH CONTROL until your period begins; then start a new cycle of pills.

Proper Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) Storage

Store Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using any other medicines, such as antibiotics or epilepsy medicine.

Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) Warnings

  • Use a different kind of birth control during the first 3 weeks of oral contraceptive use to make sure you are protected from pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor if you have lupus, high blood pressure, epilepsy, asthma, migraine headaches, sugar diabetes, or depressed mood.
  • If you smoke while using birth control pills, you increase your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot. If you have any questions about the risks in using this medicine, talk to your doctor.
  • If you miss two periods in a row, call your doctor for a pregnancy test before you take any more pills.
  • You should see your doctor on a regular basis (every 6 months or 1 year) while taking birth control pills.
  • It is best to wait 2 or 3 months after stopping birth control pills before you try to get pregnant.

Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Pain in leg (calf), chest, or groin
  • Severe headache, sudden vision changes
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Lumps in breast
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Nausea
  • Bloated feeling or weight gain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Appetite changes
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Tired feeling that will not go away
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Sensitivity to sunlight

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Loestrin Fe 1/20 (Oral)

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Sean, Sean - 01/10/2014

I switched from Nora QB birth crontol pill to Depo shot for birth crontol about a week ago. I switched from the pill to depo because I was having more frequent bleeding with my pill that I didn't use to have before. I seem to be having hot flashes now that I didn't have when on the pill. I am 48 years old and understand that I am para-menopausal, but I'm concerned because I didn't have the hot flashes before and I want to avoid this symptom of menopause. Also, I have high blood pressure so I cannot take estrogen birth crontol. Is this a temporary side effect as my body gets use to the Depo or did I make a mistake switching birth crontol?