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Oral Contraceptives

Ovcon 35, Ovcon 50, Loestrin, Orthotricyclen, Orthocyclen, Yasmin, Desogen, Mircette, LoOvral,

These medicines are an estrogen and progestin combination used to prevent pregnancy. They may also be used to regulate the menstrual cycle, treat symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, or treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Smoking cigarettes while using this medicine increases your chance of having heart problems. Do not smoke while using this medicine. The risk of heart problems increases with age (in women greater than 35 years of age) and with frequent smoking (15 cigarettes per day or greater).

Side effects that may go away during treatment, include dizziness, lightheadedness, bleeding in between periods, nausea, stomach upset, or bloating. Contact your doctor if you experience severe depression; breast tenderness; weight change; swelling of your fingers or ankles, calf/leg pain or swelling; trouble breathing or shortness of breath; chest pain; one-sided weakness; slurred speech; lumps in the breast; sudden severe headache, dizziness, or fainting; yellowing of the skin or eyes; dark urine; abnormal vaginal bleeding; or abdominal pain, swelling, or tenderness; vomiting; vision problems; or coughing up blood.

Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with these medicines. Inform your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine. The information contained below is not a comprehensive discussion of these medications and do not substitute for a thorough discussion with your health care provider(s).