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Lybrel (Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol) - Summary



Important Points to Remember

Twenty-eight (28) yellow tablets each containing 90 mcg of levonorgestrel, a totally synthetic progestogen, and 20 mcg of ethinyl estradiol.

Lybrel is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception.

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Media Articles Related to Lybrel (Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol)

First scientific data for Lybrel presented at ASRM meeting
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Gynecology
Lybrel is an investigational combination low-dose oral contraceptive designed to be taken daily, 365 days a year.

Domestic violence deters contraception
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2015.04.02]
Domestic violence takes many forms. The control of a woman's reproductive choices by her partner is one of them.

'15 million unwanted pregnancies' created by low contraception in 35 poorer countries
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2015.02.05]
Some 90% of the 16.7 million unwanted pregnancies across a third of the world's population every year are due to a failure to use modern contraception, study suggests.

New research shows a statistical significant association between increased LARC usage and reduction in teenage pregnancy and abortion rates in England
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2014.11.27]
New findings, published in the International Journal of Women's Health, show increased long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) usage in England was significantly associated with decreased...

Free birth control reduces teen pregnancies and abortions
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2014.10.03]
Teens who received free contraception and were educated about the pros and cons of various birth control methods were dramatically less likely to get pregnant, give birth or get an abortion compared...

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Published Studies Related to Lybrel (Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol)

Haemostatic effects of a new combined oral contraceptive, nomegestrol acetate/17beta-estradiol, compared with those of levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol. A double-blind, randomised study. [2011.03]
Use of oral contraceptives (OC) that combine a progestogen with synthetic ethinyl estradiol (EE) is associated with increased risk of venous thromboembolism. NOMAC/E2 is a new monophasic OC that combines nomegestrol acetate (NOMAC), a highly selective progestogen, with 17beta-estradiol (E2)...

Continuous, daily levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol vs. 21-day, cyclic levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol: efficacy, safety and bleeding in a randomized, open-label trial. [2009.12]
BACKGROUND: This Phase 3, randomized, open-label, multicenter study conducted at 44 sites in Europe evaluated the safety and efficacy of a continuous, daily regimen of levonorgestrel (LNG) 90 mcg/ethinyl estradiol (EE) 20 mcg compared with a 21-day, cyclic LNG 100 mcg/EE 20 mcg regimen... CONCLUSIONS: Continuous LNG 90 mcg/EE 20 mcg was shown to be a safe and effective OC in this direct comparison to a cyclic OC. Suppression of menses and the potential for no bleeding requiring sanitary protection may be provided by this continuous, low-dose OC.

Cycle control with oral contraceptives containing 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol. A multicenter, randomized comparison of levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol (100 micrograms/20 micrograms) and norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol (1000 micrograms/20 micrograms). [1999.03]
A randomized, open-label, multicenter study was undertaken to compare the effects of oral contraceptives (OC) containing 100 micrograms levonorgestrel (LNG)/20 micrograms ethinyl estradiol (EE) (Aless/Loette) and 1000 micrograms norethindrone acetate (NETA)/20 micrograms EE (Loestrin Fe 1/20) on menstrual cycle control over four cycles of use...

Continuous oral levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol for treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder. [2012.01]
BACKGROUND: The study was conducted to investigate continuous daily levonorgestrel 90 mcg/ethinyl estradiol 20 mcg (LNG/EE) on premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)... CONCLUSIONS: Continuous daily LNG 90 mcg/EE 20 mcg was well tolerated and may be useful for managing the physical, psychological and behavioral symptoms and loss of work productivity related to PMDD. Copyright (c) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Ovarian activity and safety of a novel levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol continuous oral contraceptive regimen. [2009.09]
BACKGROUND: A continuous regimen of oral levonorgestrel (LNG) 90 mcg/ethinyl estradiol (EE) 20 mcg was evaluated for inhibition of ovulation, time to return to ovulation after stopping treatment and safety... CONCLUSIONS: The continuous LNG/EE regimen completely inhibited ovulation, with little evidence of follicular development and with rapid return of ovulatory capacity after stopping treatment.

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Clinical Trials Related to Lybrel (Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol)

A Study to Evaluate Bleeding Patterns With Three Different Doses of DR-1031 Compared to Seasonale [Completed]
This is a 4-arm study to evaluate and compare bleeding patterns between three different doses of DR-1031 oral contraceptive with Seasonale oral contraceptive. Study participants will receive physical and gynecological exams, including Pap smear. During the study, all participants will be required to complete a diary

AZD6140 Oral Contraceptive Interaction Study [Completed]

Study to Evaluate the Pharmacokinetics of an Oral Contraceptive Containing Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol When Co-administered With GSK1265744 in Healthy Adult Female Subjects [Completed]
This open-label, fixed-sequence crossover study aims to evaluate the effect of GSK1265744 (744) oral administration on the pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) of a commonly used oral contraceptive (OC) product (combination of ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel), in 20 healthy female subjects. Each subject will participate in a Run-in Period (if needed), followed by a single-sequence Treatment Period. Subjects will receive oral contraceptive containing Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol on Days 1 to 21 and be OC free on Days 22 to 28, during which withdrawal menses should occur. Subjects will receive OC alone on Days 1 to 10. Levonorgestrel (LNG) and ethinyl estradiol (EE) PK will be determined on Day 10. Subjects will then co-administer 744 and OC on Days 11 to 21. Levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol PK will be determined again on Day 21 to assess if co-administration with 744 results in a significant change in OC exposure compared to OC alone. Subjects will return to the study center for final follow-up evaluations 7 to 14 days after the last dose of study medication (Days 28 to 35).

Quartet Lead and Resynchronization Therapy Options [Completed]
The purpose of this Clinical Trial is to determine the percentage of patients whose hemodynamic response improves with the different configurations offered by the new Quartet® left ventricular lead, as a result of its four electrodes, with respect to the configurations offered by a standard bipolar lead. Furthermore, the optimal stimulation configuration will be determined from a comparison with traditional configurations.

Quartet Lead and Resynchronization Therapy Options III [Not yet recruiting]
The purpose of the study is to assess prospectively at 6 months the percentage of responder patients implanted with a Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT-D) device and a Quartet Left Ventricular (LV) quadripolar lead and with the MultiPoint Pacing (MPP) feature activated.

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Reports of Suspected Lybrel (Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol) Side Effects

Metrorrhagia (6)Weight Increased (3)Menorrhagia (3)Dizziness (2)Increased Appetite (1)Appetite Disorder (1)Vaginal Haemorrhage (1)Menstruation Irregular (1)Androgen Deficiency (1)Oestrogen Deficiency (1)more >>


Based on a total of 2 ratings/reviews, Lybrel has an overall score of 4. The effectiveness score is 5 and the side effect score is 7. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.

Lybrel review by 36 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   no more monthly periods
Dosage & duration:   1 pill per day taken every day for the period of since Nov. 2007
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
Reported Results
Benefits:   no more monthly periods
Side effects:   slight spotting for more than 7 days each cycle
Comments:   Since Nov 2007 I have been taking Lybrel to avoid my period. According to the manufacturer it is normal to have spotting for the first 6-12 month. I had many days of spotting until this July- so for 8 month. Since this August I had no more bleeding.


Lybrel review by 18 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   no more period
Dosage & duration:   normal dose (dosage frequency: everydat) for the period of 9 months
Other conditions:   non-stop bleeding for 9 months no sex drive rapid weight loss
Other drugs taken:   none
Reported Results
Benefits:   i couldn't get pregnant
Side effects:   * mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps; * breast pain, tenderness, or swelling; * freckles or darkening of facial skin; * increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair; * changes in weight or appetite; * problems with contact lenses; * vaginal itching or discharge; * changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive; or * headache, nervousness, dizziness, tired feeling.
Comments:   take a pill everday peferablly the same time

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Page last updated: 2015-04-02

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