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Ortho-Novum



USES: This medication is used to prevent pregnancy or to regulate your menstrual cycle. Certain brands of birth control pills may be used for treating acne or as a "morning after" pill for emergency contraception. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.

 
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Ortho-Novum

Uses
This medication is used to prevent pregnancy or to regulate your menstrual cycle. Certain brands of birth control pills may be used for treating acne or as a "morning after" pill for emergency contraception. Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Notes
  • Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.
  • Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory.
  • You should have a complete physical examination, including blood pressure measurements, breast and pelvic examinations, and a PAP test (for vaginal cancer), at least once a year.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for examining your own breasts, and report any lumps immediately.
  • A manufacturer's fact sheet about this drug should be dispensed with each prescription.
  • Read the information carefully.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.


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How To Use
  • Take this medication with food or immediately after a meal to prevent stomach upset.
  • Try to take this medication at the same time each day.
  • This may help you to remember to take it.
  • Learn proper use of your particular brand of medication.
  • Follow your dosing schedule carefully.
  • Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Use a supplemental form of birth control during the first week of taking this medication since it takes a while to be effective.
  • Follow your doctor's directions exactly if this drug is being used as a "morning after" pill.

Side Effects
  • This medication may cause dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, stomach upset, bloating, or nausea.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience severe depression, pain in the groin or calf, sudden severe headache, chest pain, shortness of breath, lumps in the breast, weakness or tingling in the arms or legs, or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before you take this medication, tell your doctor your entire medical history, including family medical history, especially if you have asthma; high blood pressure; kidney, liver, or heart disease; or a history of jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes) or high blood pressure during pregnancy, excessive weight gain or fluid retention during your menstrual cycle, strokes, blood clots, heart attacks, seizures, migraine headaches, breast cancer, high blood level of cholesterol or lipids (fats), diabetes or depression.
  • Depending on strength, this drug may cause a patchy, darkening of the skin on the face (melasma).
  • Higher strengths are more likely to cause melasma.
  • Sunlight may intensify this darkening and you may need to avoid prolonged sun exposure and sunlamps.
  • Consult your doctor regarding use of sunscreens and protective clothing.
  • Before you start to take birth control pills, tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or if you think that you may be pregnant.
  • Birth-control pills might harm a developing baby.
  • This medication must be discontinued if you suspect you are pregnant.
  • Because estrogens appear in breast milk, consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
  • It may take a long time for you to become pregnant after you stop taking birth control pills.
  • Consult your doctor.
  • Do not smoke cigarettes.
  • Birth-control pills slightly increase your risk of strokes, blood clots, high blood pressure, heart attacks, gallbladder disease, vision problems, and liver tumors.
  • Cigarette smoking (especially 15 or more cigarettes daily) and age (women older than 35/smokers

Missed Dose
  • Missed dose advice differs depending on the specific brand used, and the number of doses missed.
  • Refer to the product package information for advice on missed doses.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking.
  • Drugs that may decrease the effectiveness of the pill include griseofulvin; many antibiotics (e.g., penicillins, macrolides, tetracyclines, sulfas, cephalosporins); chloramphenicol; many seizure medications (e.g., phenytoin, barbiturates, primidone, carbamazepine); dapsone; rifamycins (e.g., rifampin); modafinil, nevirapine, nelfinavir, ritonavir and troglitazone.
  • Ask your doctor if you should use additional birth control methods while taking any of these drugs while taking these birth control pills.
  • Also mention use of thyroid hormone drugs, theophylline; certain benzodiazepines (e.g., diazepam, chlordiazepoxide); prednisone-like drugs; certain antidepressants (e.g., tricyclics); beta-blockers (e.g., metoprolol); "blood thinners" (anticoagulants such as warfarin) and insulin.
  • This product can affect the results of certain lab tests (e.g., thyroid).
  • Inform all laboratory personnel that you use this drug.
  • Birth control pills may significantly intensify the effects of alcohol.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist about this.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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