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Loestrin

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5.6  Effectiveness
5.5  Side Effects
5.8  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 8 Loestrin side effects and 3 Loestrin benefits.

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Treatment Information
Loestrin is manufactured by Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Generic versions of Loestrin are manufactured by various manufacturers.

Loestrin is a combined oral contraceptive, the most common type of birth control pill. Loestrin contains a combination of two different types of hormones: estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone).

The hormones in Loestrin prevent pregnancy primarily by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries).

Loestrin also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, less important ways. It changes the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. It also alters the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
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Effectiveness of Loestrin by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Loestrin, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 6.7% 11.8% 66.9% 10.7% 3.9%
Balance/Equilibrium 0.6% 5.1% 92.7% 0.6% 1.1%
Blood Pressure 1.1% 2.2% 95.5% 0.6% 0.6%
Breathing 0.6% 5.6% 92.1% 1.1% 0.6%
Confidence 3.4% 12.4% 71.3% 10.7% 2.2%
Coordination/Motor Skills 2.2% 2.8% 91.6% 2.2% 1.1%
Digestion 3.4% 7.9% 80.9% 7.3% 0.6%
Emotional Well-being 9.6% 17.4% 46.6% 20.2% 6.2%
Energy 5.1% 12.9% 68% 11.8% 2.2%
Eyesight 2.2% 6.2% 87.1% 3.4% 1.1%
Memory 1.7% 7.3% 84.8% 3.9% 2.2%
Mental Clarity 3.9% 9.6% 78.1% 6.2% 2.2%
Pain 5.1% 9% 71.9% 9% 5.1%
Patience 7.3% 13.5% 64.6% 10.1% 4.5%
Sexual Health 6.1% 10.1% 58.1% 20.7% 5%
Skin Complexion 6.7% 12.8% 51.4% 19.6% 9.5%
Sleep 3.4% 5.6% 82.6% 6.2% 2.2%
Stress Level 7.3% 18% 57.9% 12.9% 3.9%
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Commonly Reported Loestrin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 90.6% 6.2% 0% 3.1% 0%
Headache 60.1% 20.2% 9% 5.1% 5.6%
Skin Rash 91.3% 0% 8.7% 0% 0%
Gas 84.4% 9.4% 3.1% 3.1% 0%
Fatigue 65.2% 15.7% 9% 6.2% 3.9%
Depression 69.5% 11.7% 6.5% 8.4% 3.9%
Irregular Bleeding 67% 14.3% 4.5% 8% 6.2%
Sensitivity to Light 81.2% 6.2% 6.2% 0% 6.2%
Acne 74.6% 9% 9% 5.7% 1.6%
Mood Swings 57.1% 16.9% 9.1% 9.7% 7.1%
Blurred Vision 87.5% 6.2% 0% 3.1% 3.1%
Breathing Difficulties 93.8% 6.2% 0% 0% 0%
Vomiting 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 96.9% 0% 0% 0% 3.1%
Stomach Ache 68.8% 21.9% 3.1% 0% 6.2%
Dry Skin 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Breast Tenderness 57.3% 22.4% 10.5% 9.8% 0%
Confusion 93.8% 0% 3.1% 0% 3.1%
High Blood Pressure 95.1% 3.3% 0.8% 0.8% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 90.6% 6.2% 0% 3.1% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 58.5% 19% 14.1% 6.3% 2.1%
Anxiety 65.6% 15.6% 0% 9.4% 9.4%
Drowsiness 87.5% 3.1% 3.1% 3.1% 3.1%
Nausea 74.6% 13.3% 4% 4.6% 3.5%
Dizziness 84.2% 7.3% 3.4% 4% 1.1%
Abdominal Pain 56.5% 17.4% 13% 13% 0%
Change in Weight 58.1% 25.8% 0% 12.9% 3.2%
Yeast Infection 87.3% 3.5% 2.8% 3.5% 2.8%
Insomnia 78.1% 3.1% 9.4% 3.1% 6.2%
Heartburn 90.3% 6.5% 3.2% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 98.3% 0.6% 0.6% 0% 0.6%
Muscle Cramping 71.9% 15.6% 3.1% 0% 9.4%
Diarrhea 89.1% 5.5% 1.8% 3.6% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported Loestrin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Anxiety 71.3% 11.5% 7.4% 6.6% 3.3%
Reduced Libido 72.2% 11.1% 8.9% 5.6% 2.2%
Bloating 58.3% 33.3% 4.2% 4.2% 0%
Abdominal Pain 69.7% 14.8% 8.2% 4.9% 2.5%
Chest Pain 94.3% 2.1% 1.4% 0.7% 1.4%
Numbing Sensation 95% 2.1% 1.4% 0.7% 0.7%
Yeast Infection 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%
Eye / Vision Problems 89.4% 5.6% 2.1% 0.7% 2.1%
Insomnia 82.6% 4.3% 8.7% 4.3% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 95.7% 0% 4.3% 0% 0%
Change in Weight 65.7% 18.2% 11.2% 2.1% 2.8%
Irregular Bleeding 56.7% 20% 10% 10% 3.3%
Unusual Taste in Mouth 90.3% 9.7% 0% 0% 0%
Nervousness 87.1% 3.2% 0% 6.5% 3.2%
Dry Skin 0% 0% 0% 0% 100%
Blurred Vision 90.2% 4.1% 3.3% 0% 2.5%
Constipation 91.3% 4.3% 4.3% 0% 0%
Irregular Periods (women) 72.6% 9.7% 5.6% 8.9% 3.2%
Breast Tenderness 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Thrombosis (Blood Clotting) 99.3% 0.7% 0% 0% 0%
Cervical Cancer 99.3% 0% 0% 0% 0.7%
Sweating 77.4% 6.5% 6.5% 9.7% 0%
Gas 82.6% 13% 4.3% 0% 0%
Pain in Limbs 88.7% 5% 2.8% 0.7% 2.8%
Breathing Difficulties 93.4% 5.7% 0% 0% 0.8%
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Episodes since taking Loestrin
Since taking Loestrin Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 1.8%
Fall 1.3%
Heart attack 0.4%
Hospitalization 2.7%
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User Comments about Loestrin
14 Mar 2016 Its the best Birth Control that I have ever taken. i do not get any more cramps and my periods are a lot lighter and the duration is less than 2 weeks!
   —Posted by Carla
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13 Jan 2015 It's the best decision I've made concerning my help. My cycles were so horrible. Uncontrolled vomiting that went on for hours.
   —Posted by Ritasimon@me.com
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12 Jan 2014 Very dry skin and red raised patches. Suffered from eczema as a child but hasn't been as bad as this for over 20 years.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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07 Feb 2013 I recently started loestrin, and so far it's pretty good! I don't have spotting like I have on other BC. The only negative thing I have noticed is that I am very emotional, and it has brought out my anxiety problems more.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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03 Dec 2012 I was put on Loestrin because I was experiencning melasma on Ortho Try Cyclen, after the birth of my son. The Dr thought that the Loestrin would help or not worsen the melasma. After about a month on this pill I started breaking out on my chin only. I have KEPT a breakout on my chin the entire 7 months that I have been on the pill. It has never went away. They are not pimples that come to a head and that you can pop they are clusters of tiny raised red bumps on either side of my chin. Ive never had acne in my life and now Im embarrassed to look at anyone in the face because I dont want them to see my acne on my chin. Cover ups do not work and no acne treatments help. I am very fair skinned so they are very evident. I just switched back to Ortho Tri Cyclen a few weeks ago and am hoping this takes care of the issue for me. Other than the acne I have no complains about the pill.
   —Posted by Lori
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