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Junel FE

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1.8  Effectiveness
6.3  Side Effects
3.9  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 11 Junel FE side effects and 3 Junel FE benefits.

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Treatment Information
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone is the generic name of Junel Fe. The active ingredients of this medication are ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone acetate. The inactive ingredients of this medication are Acacia.

It is a prescription birth control pill used primarily to prevent pregnancy.
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Effectiveness of Junel FE by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Junel FE, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 3.3% 16.3% 50% 14.1% 16.3%
Balance/Equilibrium 0% 9.9% 80.2% 7.7% 2.2%
Blood Pressure 0% 1.1% 87.9% 9.9% 1.1%
Breathing 0% 6.6% 85.7% 6.6% 1.1%
Confidence 3.3% 16.5% 56% 18.7% 5.5%
Coordination/Motor Skills 1.1% 9.9% 81.3% 7.7% 0%
Digestion 1.1% 12.1% 69.2% 11% 6.6%
Emotional Well-being 7.6% 18.5% 38% 19.6% 16.3%
Energy 4.3% 17.2% 47.3% 20.4% 10.8%
Eyesight 0% 3.3% 87.9% 8.8% 0%
Memory 5.5% 6.6% 73.6% 8.8% 5.5%
Mental Clarity 2.2% 13.2% 61.5% 14.3% 8.8%
Pain 4.4% 9.9% 70.3% 12.1% 3.3%
Patience 5.4% 17.4% 51.1% 20.7% 5.4%
Sexual Health 10.9% 16.3% 43.5% 20.7% 8.7%
Skin Complexion 2.2% 17.2% 49.5% 23.7% 7.5%
Sleep 3.2% 15.1% 53.8% 24.7% 3.2%
Stress Level 4.3% 20.7% 43.5% 20.7% 10.9%
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Commonly Reported Junel FE Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Acne 56.5% 23.9% 13% 6.5% 0%
Allergic Reaction 91.1% 3.8% 3.8% 1.3% 0%
Anxiety 47.7% 13.6% 22.7% 13.6% 2.3%
Blurred Vision 86.4% 9.1% 2.3% 2.3% 0%
Breast Tenderness 41.2% 25% 21.2% 11.2% 1.2%
Breathing Difficulties 88.6% 2.3% 6.8% 2.3% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 37.5% 15% 21.2% 12.5% 13.8%
Cold Symptoms 79.5% 9.1% 11.4% 0% 0%
Confusion 79.5% 4.5% 6.8% 6.8% 2.3%
Depression 49.4% 23.6% 7.9% 14.6% 4.5%
Diarrhea 77.3% 9.1% 9.1% 4.5% 0%
Dizziness 71.6% 11.4% 9.1% 6.8% 1.1%
Drowsiness 63.6% 9.1% 13.6% 9.1% 4.5%
Fatigue 41.6% 21.3% 14.6% 16.9% 5.6%
Fever 93.2% 2.3% 2.3% 2.3% 0%
Gas 63.6% 15.9% 11.4% 4.5% 4.5%
Headache 44.9% 15.7% 20.2% 15.7% 3.4%
High Blood Pressure 90.9% 4.5% 4.5% 0% 0%
Insomnia 79.5% 9.1% 9.1% 2.3% 0%
Irregular Bleeding 64.9% 9.1% 6.5% 13% 6.5%
Irregular Heartbeat 84.1% 2.3% 9.1% 4.5% 0%
Mood Swings 44.4% 10% 22.2% 12.2% 11.1%
Muscle Cramping 63.6% 15.9% 15.9% 2.3% 2.3%
Nausea 46.8% 17.7% 20.3% 11.4% 3.8%
Sensitivity to Light 79.5% 13.6% 4.5% 2.3% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 81.8% 4.5% 4.5% 4.5% 4.5%
Stomach Ache 68.2% 9.1% 11.4% 11.4% 0%
Yeast Infection 82.3% 5.1% 3.8% 5.1% 3.8%
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Less Commonly Reported Junel FE Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 56.8% 18.2% 15.9% 4.5% 4.5%
Acne 0% 0% 0% 100% 0%
Anxiety 57.8% 17.8% 15.6% 6.7% 2.2%
Blurred Vision 79.5% 13.6% 6.8% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 84.1% 9.1% 6.8% 0% 0%
Change in Weight 44.3% 26.6% 20.3% 5.1% 3.8%
Chest Pain 83.5% 10.1% 5.1% 1.3% 0%
Diabetes 98.7% 1.3% 0% 0% 0%
Eye / Vision Problems 86.1% 7.6% 5.1% 1.3% 0%
Irregular Periods (women) 70.5% 6.8% 4.5% 11.4% 6.8%
Numbing Sensation 93.7% 2.5% 3.8% 0% 0%
Pain in Limbs 81% 13.9% 2.5% 2.5% 0%
Reduced Libido 65.7% 8.6% 17.1% 5.7% 2.9%
Thrombosis (Blood Clotting) 97.5% 1.3% 1.3% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Junel FE
Since taking Junel FE Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Fall 0.9%
Hospitalization 0.9%
Stroke 0.4%
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06 Jan 2015 I am 30 years old and I’ve been on Junel for almost 2 years now. In the past 2 years I have developed severe anxiety mixed with depression, lack of energy, generally just feeling ill 70% of the time. I have wondered and wondered where this sudden change came from and never once did I think it was due to the birth control… but after reading these comments I know exactly where this change came from. I was a happy go lucky person before I started taking these pills and now it is a struggle to get out of bed and face the day most days. And I have to add that I have NO reason to be depressed I have the best boyfriend in the world and an amazing life as of right now. I have stopped this medicine and I am praying that I return to my normal self. I cannot believe it took me 2 years to figure out what the problem was. Everyone is different I guess, but this is absolutely not meant for my body!
   —Posted by Lauren
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07 Mar 2014 I am in the first week of my second pack of (28) Junel pills. I am 23 and this is my first time ever using birth control pills. I recently had an abortion followed by the decision to start taking the pills (started Junel 3 weeks after the abortion). I missed my period during the first pack and decided to take a pregnancy test yesterday that came out negative. I'm reading that with my recent abortion and my body still adjusting to birth control that this is normal. But what is not normal is my severe abdominal pain. Since being on Junel I have had major bloating and constipation. The pain has often kept me up all night. I have also seen a change in my emotions (and so has my boyf). I have become much more sensitive and the little things have started to irritate me. I have also become very lazy. These have been the only noticeable side effects for me. I plan to give my body more time to adjust to Junel but if things don't change up I want to try something else!
   —Posted by Anonymous
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22 Jan 2014 So far I surprisingly satisfied. I was worried based on the reviews - how ever I was on Lo Estrin for so long, I didn't realize how different I was. I felt moodier, less patience, a little depressed. I've been on Junel 2 weeks now and I am truly, emotionally better. HOWEVER, I am so gassy ever since i started. It was a very painful for 2 days - but they could've been other reasons too. No weight lost or gain, a little sexual desire increase, no acne. The most I can say is, with all the insurance changes and them going toward "generics" its worth the try. If it really does not work for you, then go off it immediately and talk to your doctor. Mine really calmed me down as I was freaking out.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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16 Oct 2013 This was the worst birth control I have ever taken. I tried very hard to give this BC a chance. I waited a long, long four months. I was cramping and spotting the entire 21 days, followed by a full-blown period. I also developed SEVERE acne. Perhaps the worst side effect of this BC is the incredible exhaustion. Most days I couldn't get out of bed. It was a chore for me to get up and get food in the kitchen. I had to quit the gym, take a leave of absence from my job, and you can only imagine what happened to my social life. I was miserable and hopeless. I'm only now getting my energy back--2 months after I stopped! Beware!
   —Posted by AllisonMMM
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17 Aug 2013 I have been taking Junel off and on when I remember, but I feel like my emotions have been severely unbalanced lately. I wouldn't think that taking Junel like that should affect me in such a way. But I have hit an all time low and am not going to take it any more to see if that was part of the problem.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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