norgestrel (contraceptive) - oral, Ovrette (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to norgestrel; or to other progestins (e.g., norethindrone); or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this product, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: abnormal breast exam, breast cancer, liver problems (e.g., liver tumor, active liver disease), current or suspected pregnancy, unexplained vaginal bleeding.Before you take this medication, tell your doctor your entire medical history, including family medical history, especially of: certain breathing problem (asthma), stroke or other blood clots (e.g., in the legs, eyes, lungs), high blood pressure, low levels of "good" cholesterol (HDL), diabetes, heart disease (e.g., heart attack, chest pain), history of yellowing eyes/skin (jaundice) during pregnancy or while using birth control pills, migraine headaches, obesity, long period of sitting or lying down (e.g., immobility such as being bedridden).Smoking cigarettes/using tobacco while using hormonal birth control (pill/patch/ring) increases your risk of heart problems and stroke. Do not smoke. The risk of heart problems increases with age (especially in women over 35) and with frequent smoking (15 or more cigarettes a day).Before having surgery, including dental surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication.Norgestrel should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effect on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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