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If you have a history of heart disease or have had any other cardiovascular-related problems, Cyclafem may not be the right form of birth control for you. Combined hormonal contraceptives carry specific precautions and warnings, and Cyclafem is one such a drug. Discuss your complete medical history with your healthcare provider, including all other medications you are taking, prior to taking this oral contraceptive.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider before taking Cyclafem™ (norethindrone and ethinyl estradiol) if you have:
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- A history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Cancer (or if you have a history of cancer)
- Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
- Heart disease
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder disease
- Any allergies, including to dyes, foods, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Have an upcoming surgery
- Are over 35 years old
- Smoke cigarettes
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.