Your healthcare provider will take a medical and family history before prescribing oral contraceptives and will examine you. The physical examination may be delayed to another time if you request it and the healthcare provider believes that it is appropriate to postpone it. You should be reexamined at least once a year. Be sure to inform your healthcare provider if there is a family history of any of the conditions listed previously in this leaflet. Be sure to keep all appointments with your healthcare provider, because this is a time to determine if there are early signs of side effects of oral contraceptive use.
Do not use the drug for any condition other than the one for which it was prescribed. This drug has been prescribed specifically for you; do not give it to others who may want birth control pills.
NONCONTRACEPTIVE HEALTH BENEFITS
The following noncontraceptive health benefits related to the use of oral contraceptives are supported by epidemiological studies which largely utilized oral contraceptive formulations containing doses exceeding 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol or 0.05 mg of mestranol.
Effects on menses:
May decrease blood loss and may decrease incidence of iron-deficiency anemia
May decrease incidence of dysmenorrhea
Effects related to inhibition of ovulation:
May decrease incidence of functional ovarian cysts
May decrease incidence of ectopic pregnancies
Effects from long-term use:
May decrease incidence of fibroadenomas and fibrocystic disease of the breast
May decrease incidence of acute pelvic inflammatory disease
May decrease incidence of endometrial cancer
May decrease incidence of ovarian cancer
If you want more information about birth control pills, ask your doctor or pharmacist. They have a more technical leaflet called the Professional Labeling which you may wish to read.
DURAMED PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
A subsidiary of Barr Laboratories, Inc.
Pomona, NY 10970-0519
Revised September 2003