Brevicon (Norethindrone/Ethinyl Estradiol) is a prescription medication used to prevent pregnancy. It may also be used to treat acne. Brevicon belongs to a class of medications called oral contraceptives (birth control pills). Brevicon is a combination medication that contains an estrogen (ethanol estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Together, these medications work to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and causes changes in the mucus of the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to penetrate the egg and for an egg to implant in the wall of the uterus. This medication may also be used for purposes not listed above.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Brevicon from Canada by Pfizer. Brevicon is available in a dosage of 0.5mg Norethindrone and 35mcg Ethinyl Estradiol, 28 day per pack. The generic version is not available.
Common side effects of Brevicon may include stomach pain, bloating, swelling, weight gain, breast pain, light vaginal bleeding or spotting, thinning scalp hair, or headache.
Stop using this medication and contact your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• A breast lump;
• Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
• Memory problems, confusion, unusual behavior;
• Signs of a blood clot (sudden vision loss, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood, pain or warmth in one or both legs);
• Signs of a heart attack (chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating);
• Signs of high levels of calcium in your blood (nausea, vomiting, constipation, increased thirst or urination, muscle weakness, bone pain, lack of energy);
• Signs of increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears, anxiety, nosebleed);
• Signs of stroke (sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance);
• Swelling or tenderness in your stomach
This is not a complete list of side effects. If you notice any other side effects not listed here, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not use Brevicon if you are allergic to ethynyl estradiol or norethindrone, or if you have:
• A bleeding disorder;
• A history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot;
• A history of hormone related cancer, or cancer of the breast, uterus, cervix, or vagina;
• Liver disease;
• Unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor
To make sure Brevicon is safe for you; tell your doctor if you have ever had heart disease, liver or kidney problems, hereditary angioedema, lupus, bone cancer, asthma, epilepsy, migraines, porphyria, gallbladder disease, endometriosis or uterine fibroids tumors, a thyroid disorder, or high or low levels of calcium in your blood. Brevicon 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, if you are overweight, or if you smoke. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant during treatment. This medication may slow breast milk production. Talk to your doctor if you are breastfeeding. Using Brevicon may increase your risk of cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk. Avoid smoking while using this medication. It can greatly increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack.
Grapefruit may interact with this medication and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products. Brevicon may interact with several medications, especially medications used to treat high blood pressure, antifungal medications, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, corticosteroids, diabetes medications, hepatitis C medications, medications for HIV or AIDS, blood thinning medications, macrolide antibiotics, other estrogens or progestins, seizure medications, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), tetracycline antibiotics, sulphonamides, theophyllines, and thyroid replacements. This is not a complete list of interactions, and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are currently taking orders recently taken in order to reduce the risk of any possible interactions. This medication is not approved for use in children younger than 15 years old.
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