What You Need to Know About Microgestin Fe
Microgestin Fe Drug InteractionsMicrogestin Fe can interact with several other medications (see Drug Interactions With Microgestin Fe).
What If I Take an Overdose?Women who take too much Microgestin Fe may experience the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vaginal bleeding
- Other menstrual irregularities.
(Click Loestrin Fe Overdose for more information.)
How Should Microgestin Fe Be Stored?Keep the tablets in their original package. The packaging is designed to help you remember to take the tablets each day. Keep the package at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Keep Microgestin Fe and all other medications out of the reach of children.
What If I Miss a Dose?Missing doses of Microgestin Fe increases the risk of pregnancy. What you should do depends on how many tablets you have missed and where exactly you are in your cycle (see Microgestin Fe Dosing). If you are not sure what to do, refer to the patient information that comes with each pack of Microgestin Fe, or consult your healthcare provider.
How Does Microgestin Fe Work?Microgestin Fe is a combined oral contraceptive, the most common type of birth control pill. It is a combined oral contraceptive because it contains a combination of two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). The hormones in Microgestin Fe prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).
Microgestin Fe also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. It 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.
The first 21 tablets in each pack of Microgestin Fe contain the active hormones. The last seven tablets do not contain any hormones, but they do contain iron. This may help replace the iron you lose when you have your period, which may help prevent anemia.