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Brevicon is made up of two active ingredients, norethindrone (a progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen).  Together these two active ingredients create a contraceptive, available in tablet form in 0.5mg/0.035mg.

Brevicon is a prescribed medication used to prevent pregnancy in women. Some females also take Brevicon to help with their menstrual cycle (make it more regular and decrease blood loss and cramping), to reduce the risk of ovarian cysts and also treat acne.

The two hormones in Brevicon (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) work together to prevent the release of an egg (ovulation). When an egg is released, it gets pushed down into the fallopian tube and becomes available for fertilization. When no egg is released, you cannot get pregnant.

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor and do not take more or less of a dosage than directed.

This medication is received through the mouth, usually once a day. It is suggested you take the pill at the same time everyday to create a routine and ensure you do not miss a dose.

Start with the first pill in the pack and take them in the correct order.

If this medication upsets your stomach; take this pill after your evening meal (dinner) or before bed.


Birth control is not 100% effective and does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (e.g. HIV, Chlamydia, herpes)

Tell your doctor about all past medical conditions as well as medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.

This medication could affect blood sugar in those with diabetes. Have your blood sugar levels checked regularly if you are a patient with diabetes on Brevicon.

You increase the chance of blood clots when you smoke cigarettes, have or just had surgery, and/or prolonged confinement to a bed or chair (like long flights).

This medication could cause melasma (dark, blotchy areas on the face). Limit your time in the sun and wear sunscreen to lessen the risk of melasma.

It is suggested you don’t take birth control if you plan on becoming pregnant in the near future (roughly 2 years) as taking this medication could make it harder to conceive (get pregnant).

Do not use Brevicon if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Brevicon could slow production of breast milk.

Side Effects

Common side effects include;

Tenderness or leaking of the breasts; Nausea; Vomiting; Tremors; Weight gain or loss; and/or Appetite changes

Other side effects may include:  

Headaches, dizziness Migraines Changes or loss of hearing Cloudy vision, sore eyes Rash Vaginal infections Difficult or painful urination, blood in the urine


What is the effectiveness of Brevicon?

It is more than 99% effective assuming it is taken correctly.


How long will it take to clear up acne?

It will take Brevicon anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to clear acne.


What else should I know about Brevicon?

If you wear contact lenses or are nearsighted, you may develop vision problems or have a hard time wearing your contact lenses.

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