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Before starting Philith, make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have depression, gallbladder disease, or migraines. Other precautions for using Philith safely include warnings of potential drug interactions and an increased risk for strokes, heart attacks, or blood clots. Also, this contraceptive should not be used by those who have heart disease or a history of breast cancer.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Philith™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) if you have:
- A clotting disorder or have ever had a blood clot
- A history of a heart attack or stroke
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Chest pain
- Gallbladder disease
- Migraines or other severe headaches
- Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
- Had yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver tumors
- High cholesterol
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Have an upcoming surgery
- Smoke cigarettes
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Philith is a generic version of Ovcon® 35. The information in this article also applies to Ovcon 35.)