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Estrostep Fe Medication
Probably OK: Generic versions of medications are usually fine, but they are not identical. The fda allows for a modest degree of difference in "bioequivalence". Essentially, a generic medication is allowed to be sold if it is between 80% - 125% of the brand name medication. Most generic medications are fine for most people, but there is always some percentage of patients for whom they are different. ...Read more
BCP & antibiotic: I am not clear if you are taking the bcp for pregnancy prevention or acne tx. Antibiotics can reduce bcp effectiveness in some women. You might need to use condoms to further decrease chance of pregnancy and need additional/alternative form of bcp while using minocycline. Tell your dr. Everything you take including vitamins and herbs. ...Read more
What is the difference between estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) fe and regular estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) birth control?
An older pill: I do not ahve any of my patients on that pill anymore. Side efefcts from any pill, could be break through bleeding, irregular bleeding, weight gain, bloating, breast tenderness, . Less common ones are blood clot heart attacck, stroke. No periods can also happen. Headaches. For most young people the benefits far out weigh the risks. My favorite pill is a low dose on loloestrin and loestrin. ...Read more
Using estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) fe when you get to the iron pills do you need a back up method of birth control?
Placebo pills: No. They are meant for you to get a bleed when you take them.. ...Read more
Is it okay to stop loestrin 24 in the middle of the pack and then switch to estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) fe because period is long?
Cramping: Several reasons can cause muscle cramping. These include but not limited to electrolyte disturbances or muscle related problems. ...Read more
Can I skip the last week of my estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) fe birth control pills?
Is it common to have hair loss, weight gain, or dark spots on skin while taking estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) fe birth control pills?
Birth control pill: Estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) in a combination oral contraceptive pill that contains Norethindrone as the Progesterone component and ethinyl Estradiol as the estrogen. It gets its name because the estrogen dose steps up from 20 micrograms the first week to 30 micrograms the second to 35 micrograms the third week. The last 7 pills contain iron to help offset menstrual blood loss. ...Read more
Yes and no: The last week of the pack of pills contains iron pills. They are there to help prevent iron deficiency anemia and to keep you on a regular schedule. You do not have to take them but you must then remember to skip a whole week before you start a new pack. Estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) is not a pill that you can do continuously to avoid a period, unlike some pills where that is ok. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, many women use estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) and Estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) Fe for birth control. The name brand of the pill is not as important as the hormone combination, and whether that combination works well for you or not. Speak to your doctor about any problems you have. There may be a simple solution or a different type of contraception for you. ...Read more
Can you tell me anything about the birth control pill estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone)?
Birth Control Pills:
Estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) is a birth contrl pill also indicated for treatment of acne vulgaris in females 15 years and older who desire contraception and have periods already
it can only be used for acne if there is also need for contraception and have to stay on it for at least 6 months. ...Read more
Which birth control pill should I use if estrostep (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) had bad side effects?
Contraception: It depends on what side effects you had. There are so many different forms of birth control, including numerous pill types that you should be able to find one by reviewing your side effects with your doctor. Try to be as specific as possible--write them down before your visit. ...Read more
I am taking the following medications: citalopram 15mg, loratadine 10mg, microgestin fe 1/20, multivit/mineral supp, calc/mag/zinc. Do these drugs interact? Which can I take at the same time?
I've been experiencing a dry vagina during intercourse since March and never had this problem before. I got on birth control at the end of February. I have been on Adderall and Lo Loestrine FE. About a week ago I went off both medications to see if this w
I didn't get to see: the end of your question! Did things get any better when you went off Adderal and Loestrin? I would have predicted so. The Loestrin changes the hormonal environment in the vaginal tissues and dryness can result. If better off Loestrin, ask you gynecologist for a different contraceptive that might be better, especially because you are also taking Adderal which aggravates. Use generous lubrication ...Read more
What medication can I take for a runny nose/ cold while on birth control lo loestrin fe . I have only been on birth control for almost 2 months?
Over the counter: You can take any over the counter cold medication preparation while on Lo Loestrin Fe. No drug drug interactions between Lo Loestrin Fe and cold medications. ...Read more
Are iron infusions safe and more effective than the medication, and do you stop taking the iron pills once you get iron infusions.
Anaphylactic Risk: Severe allergic- type rxns ( including fatal) associated with infusions (intravenous) Iron Dextran administration can occur. Therefore should only be given when oral iron is not effective or possible. Test does should be given and then rest given when lab-confirmed iron deficiency confirmed. Need to continue oral iron until iron stores are repleted--about 3 months. Very effective when used. ...Read more
I was prescribed Levofloxacin and cant have iron within two hours. are there any low iron foods I can eat before taking my medication?
Levofloxacin: It is important to take oral levofloxacin at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after any antacid or mineral supplement containing iron, calcium, zinc, or magnesium since these bind levofloxacin and prevent its absorption into the body. Dietary intake of foods should not significantly alter the uptake of this medication. Hope this helps. ...Read more
I would like to know what the high iron can do yo me though. It id not heridtary, I always had low iron before. I am not on any medications?
Recheck labs: It is very difficult for a person to have high iron if he does not take iron-containing supplements and doesn't have a hereditary or genetic disorder where his body holds onto iron inside the liver. People with that disorder get liver damage. One can recheck the tests, which is not just the iron level, but also ferritin, transferrin, and transferrin saturation. A doctor can discuss the results. ...Read more
I have Hemoglobin (low iron) is there anything I can do ? Or any medications, vitamins I could take to fix this?
Ok then: we all have hemoglobin. Some have low hemoglobin (anemia), of which one of the types of anemia is due to low iron. Discuss with your doctor as this is many times due to blood loss, and it's sometimes necessary to treat what's causing the iron deficiency, and not just replacing iron. But in meantime you can probably start some simple Iron supplements. The pharmacist can point them out to you. ...Read more
A person who can't take iron medication and has sickle cell what would be good for them to gain back iron in the body?
Dietary iron: Usually the iron in dark greens and/or red meat (in moderation) will be tolerated, and is better for absorption than large dose supplement of it. ...Read more
Can taking iron medication effect your stomach months after stopping the medication if you took it longer than you were supposed to?
It is not very: likely that previous iron medications would be responsible for GI upset now. ...Read more