Junel Fe Side Effects
Although most women do not experience problems with Junel Fe, side effects are possible. Some of the common bothersome side effects include headaches, bloating, and nausea. In most cases, these reactions are minor and easily treated. However, serious problems can occur (such as chest pain or migraines) and should be immediately reported to your healthcare provider.
As with any medicine, Junel Fe™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) may cause side effects. However, not all women who use the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Junel Fe. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you. Junel Fe is a generic version of Loestrin® Fe. Loestrin Fe is not the same as plain Loestrin® or Loestrin® 24 Fe. The information in this article does not apply to either of these medications.)
Before medications are approved, they must undergo clinical studies to show that they are both safe and effective. In clinical studies for most medications, one group of people receives the medication, while another group is given a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). Usually, the people are not told if they were given the real medication or the placebo.
The side effects in both groups are carefully documented and compared. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and whether they are actual side effects of the medication. However, it is not possible to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies. Such studies are considered unethical.