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Modicon is a prescription birth control pill. As a combined oral contraceptive, it contains both an estrogen and a progestin. The medication comes in tablet form and is taken every day, at the same time each day. It is important to follow Modicon dosing guidelines carefully, as missing doses increases your risk of pregnancy. Potential side effects include headaches, nausea, and breast tenderness.

What Is Modicon?

Modicon® (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive. It is approved for the prevention of pregnancy and is one of the many versions of "the pill."
 
(Click Modicon Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes It?

Modicon is made by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers (see Generic Modicon for more information).
 

How Does Modicon Work?

Modicon is classified as a "combined" oral contraceptive, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. It contains an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Combined oral contraceptives are the most common type of birth control pills used today and are usually more effective than progestin-only birth control pills.
 
The hormones in Modicon prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. The drug changes the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. It also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
 
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