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Nordette (Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol) - Summary



Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from oral-contraceptive use. This risk increases with age and with the extent of smoking (in epidemiologic studies,15 or more cigarettes per day was associated with a significantly increased risk) and is quite marked in women over 35 years of age. Women who use oral contraceptives should be strongly advised not to smoke.




21 light-orange Nordette tablets, each containing 0.15 mg of levonorgestrel, (d (-)-13 beta-ethyl-17-alpha-ethinyl-17-beta-hydroxygon-4-en-3-one), a totally synthetic progestogen, and 0.03 mg of ethinyl estradiol, (19-nor-17α-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17-diol), and 7 pink inert tablets.

Oral contraceptives are indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception.

Oral contraceptives are highly effective. Table I lists the typical accidental pregnancy rates for users of combination oral contraceptives and other methods of contraception. The efficacy of these contraceptive methods, except sterilization and the IUD, depends upon the reliability with which they are used. Correct and consistent use of methods can result in lower failure rates.

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Media Articles Related to Nordette (Levonorgestrel / Estradiol)

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.

Research reveals more than half of young women who have abortions were using contraception when they fell pregnant
Source: Abortion News From Medical News Today [2014.04.30]
Reproductive health charity Marie Stopes UK has launched the findings of the first research in the UK into the contraceptive use of women aged 16-24 having one or more abortions.

Adolescent women 'more likely to have unsafe sex' if obese
Source: Sexual Health / STDs News From Medical News Today [2015.07.01]
Obese adolescent women were found less likely to use contraception than their peers with healthy weights, with those that did use contraception less likely to use it consistently.

Female cystic fibrosis patients need more contraceptive guidance, study finds
Source: Cystic Fibrosis News From Medical News Today [2015.05.11]
As life span for once-deadly disease increases, unplanned and mistimed pregnancies are commonOnly half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become...

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Published Studies Related to Nordette (Levonorgestrel / Estradiol)

Effect of ticagrelor on the pharmacokinetics of ethinyl oestradiol and levonorgestrel in healthy volunteers. [2011.08]
BACKGROUND: Cytochrome P450 3 A is involved in ticagrelor and ethinyl oestradiol/levonorgestrel metabolism; so a potential drug-drug interaction may occur. OBJECTIVES: To assess: ticagrelor effects on ethinyl oestradiol/levonorgestrel pharmacokinetics, endogenous sex hormone levels; ethinyl oestradiol/levonorgestrel effects on ticagrelor pharmacokinetics; tolerability of ticagrelor + ethinyl oestradiol/levonorgestrel... CONCLUSIONS: Ticagrelor co-administration with ethinyl oestradiol/levonorgestrel increased ethinyl oestradiol exposure by approximately 20%, with no effect on levonorgestrel pharmacokinetics. No clinically relevant effect on contraceptive efficacy is expected with ethinyl oestradiol/levonorgestrel and ticagrelor co-administration.

Comparative effects of a contraceptive vaginal ring delivering a nonandrogenic progestin and continuous ethinyl estradiol and a combined oral contraceptive containing levonorgestrel on hemostasis variables. [2006.07]
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare the effects on hemostasis variables of a contraceptive vaginal ring with those of an oral contraceptive... CONCLUSION: The contraceptive vaginal ring affected some measured hemostasis variables and sex hormone-binding globulin differently from the oral contraceptive, most likely because of difference in androgenicity of the progestins. The results suggest that the contraindications for oral contraceptive use would also apply to the tested contraceptive vaginal ring.

Effect of two oral contraceptives with different ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel concentrations on the urinary excretion of biochemical vasoactive markers. [2001.12]
In the present study the effect on the urinary excretion of vasoactive markers of two oral contraceptives (OCs), i.e., Leios, containing 0.02 mg ethinyl estradiol and 0.1 mg levonorgestrel, and Stediril 30, containing 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol and 0.15 mg levonorgestrel, was investigated... Levonorgestrel may elicit no impact on these estrogen-induced changes that, however, seem only to be manifested after a longer treatment period.

A prospective randomized study comparing the clinical effects of a norethisterone and a levonorgestrel containing low dose oestrogen oral contraceptive pills. [1993.02]
The two types of low dose oral contraceptives one containing levonorgestrel the other containing norethisterone have been compared in a randomized prospective study. We have found that cycle control was much poorer with the norethisterone pill and would therefore recommend that if the norethisterone-containing pill needs to be prescribed then either the 1 mg or the 'synphasic' preparation should be considered..

A clinical comparison of two triphasic oral contraceptives with levonorgestrel or norethindrone: a prospective, randomized, single-blind study. [1993.01]
Menstrual bleeding patterns were investigated in young women taking either a levonorgestrel triphasic, Triquilar, or a norethindrone triphasic, Ortho 7/7/7, two commonly prescribed low-dose oral contraceptives. The levonorgestrel triphasic contains ethinyl estradiol (EE) 30 micrograms + levonorgestrel (LNG) 50 micrograms for the first six days, EE 40 micrograms + LNG 75 micrograms for the following five days, and EE 30 micrograms + LNG 125 micrograms for the last ten days...

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Clinical Trials Related to Nordette (Levonorgestrel / Estradiol)

AZD6140 Oral Contraceptive Interaction Study [Recruiting]

Effects of Administration of Fostamatinib on Blood Concentrations of an Oral Contraceptive in Healthy Female Subjects [Recruiting]
A crossover study to assess the effect of repeated doses of fostamatinib on the levels of oral contraceptive (Microgynon® 30) in the blood of healthy female subjects. The study will consist of a screening period of up to 35 days, followed by 2 treatment periods (28 days each) of an oral contraceptive (Microgynon® 30) in the absence and presence of fostamatinib. The study will also evaluate the safety and tolerability of fostamatinib in combination with an oral contraceptive

Evaluation Of The Product Ciclo® 21 Pharmacodynamics (Levonorgestrel + Ethinyl Estradiol), Marketed By União Química Farmacêutica Nacional S / A, Compared To Nordette® Product To The Lab Wyeth Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. [Not yet recruiting]
Assessment of the pharmacodynamic profile of the drug Ciclo 21 ®, marketed by União Química Farmacêutica Nacional S / A, compared to the drug Nordette ® Laboratory Wyeth Pharmaceutical Ltda. Through the modulation of hormonal response (inhibition of the pituitary) evidenced by measurement serum LH and FSH for 28 days, as well as by the absence of follicle formation demonstrated by transvaginal ultrasound examinations

A Study to Investigate the Potential Pharmacokinetic Interaction of Perampanel With Oral Contraceptives in Healthy Female Subjects [Recruiting]

A Study of Efficacy and Safety With the Transdermal Contraceptive System Versus Triphasil. [Completed]
The purpose of the study was to compare the contraceptive efficacy and safety of the transdermal patch to Triphasil.

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

Nordette review by 46 year old female patient

Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   pregnancy avoidance
Dosage & duration:   1 pill taken daily for the period of 8 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
Reported Results
Benefits:   pregnancy avoidance, worked perfectly, did not get pregnant until stopped taking the meidaction, then 3 months later conceived
Side effects:   none - no apparent side effects whatsoever. periods were normal when on inert pills. Periods came like clockwork
Comments:   basic - took nordette before and after bearing children. switched to mirena iud after child bearing years

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