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Generess FE (Norethindrone)


Generess FE (Norethindrone)

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0.8mg / 25mcg

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  • Product Details


    Generess FE is an oral birth control that your doctor may prescribe for the prevention of pregnancy.

    Generess FE is also safe to use in women who are breastfeeding because it does not contain an estrogen analogue.

    Fact Table




    US FDA



    Legal status

    US: RX Only

    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    5.2–12.8 hours

    Dosage (Strength)





    Generess FE

    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration

    By mouth, intramuscular injection


    This drug and all forms of birth control should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose, do not double up. Call your pharmacist for advice.


    The active ingredient in Generess FE is norethindrone. It is a synthetic progesterone that works by preventing ovulation.


    There are several possible drug interactions with Norethindrone and other medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:

    • Abametapir
    • Aprepitant
    • Asunaprevir
    • Atazanavir
    • Brigatinib
    • Carfilzomib
    • Cladribine
    • Cobicistat
    • Colesevelam
    • Efavirenz
    • Elagolix
    • Encorafenib
    • Exenatide
    • Felbamate
    • Fexinidazole
    • Fosaprepitant
    • Fusidic Acid
    • Griseofulvin
    • Ivosidenib
    • Ixazomib
    • Lixisenatide
    • MiFEPRIStone
    • Mobocertinib
    • Mycophenolate
    • Octreotide
    • OXcarbazepine
    • Perampanel
    • Pexidartinib
    • Pitolisant
    • Protease Inhibitors
    • Retinoic Acid Derivatives
    • Sugammadex
    • Tazemetostat
    • Tetrahydrocannabinol and Cannabidiol
    • Topiramate
    • Tranexamic Acid
    • Ulipristal


    This drug has not been tested in women with a BMI greater than 35 and should be used with caution as it may be less effective. 

    You should not smoke tobacco products while taking this drug. It can increase the risk of clotting disorders in some people.

    Side Effects

    Common adverse reactions may include:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Acne vulgaris
    • Alopecia
    • Amenorrhea
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Arm pain
    • Breakthrough bleeding
    • Breast tenderness
    • Cerebral embolism
    • Cerebral thrombosis
    • Deep vein thrombosis
    • Depression
    • Dizziness
    • Edema
    • Emotional lability
    • Fatigue
    • Genital discharge
    • Headache
    • Hepatitis
    • Hypersensitivity
    • Insomnia
    • Leg pain
    • Migraine
    • Nausea
    • Nervousness
    • Optic neuritis
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Retinal thrombosis
    • Skin rash
    • Spotting
    • Vomiting
    • Weight gain

    Talk with your doctor if you experience any of the above side effects.


    Generess FE (Norethindrone). Irvine, CA: Allergan USA, Inc; 2017.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Generess

    What is Generess?

    Generess is a brand of birth control pills that are designed to prevent pregnancy. It contains a combination of hormones, typically estrogen and progestin, to provide effective contraception.

    How does Generess work?

    Generess works by suppressing ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary), thickening cervical mucus to impede sperm movement, and altering the uterine lining to make it less receptive to a fertilized egg.

    How do I take Generess birth control pills?

    Typically, you take one Generess pill every day at the same time. It's essential to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the medication's packaging to ensure its effectiveness.

    Is Generess a low-dose birth control pill?

    Yes, Generess is considered a low-dose birth control pill because it contains a lower amount of hormones compared to some other birth control pills. This may be suitable for individuals who are sensitive to higher hormone levels.

    What are the potential side effects of Generess?

    Common side effects of Generess may include nausea, headache, breast tenderness, and changes in menstrual bleeding. It's essential to discuss potential side effects with your healthcare provider.

    Is Generess effective at preventing pregnancy?

    When taken correctly and consistently, Generess is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. However, no birth control method is 100% foolproof, so it's crucial to use it as directed and consider additional contraception methods for added protection.

    Can I use Generess to regulate my menstrual cycle or manage acne?

    Generess can be prescribed to help regulate menstrual cycles and manage acne in some cases. However, it's essential to discuss your specific needs and concerns with your healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment.

    What should I do if I miss a dose of Generess?

    If you miss a dose of Generess, follow the instructions provided with the medication or consult your healthcare provider. In some cases, you may need to use backup contraception for a specified period.

    Can I use Generess while breastfeeding?

    It's important to discuss the use of Generess or any other birth control method with your healthcare provider while breastfeeding. Some birth control options may be more suitable than others during this time.

    Can Generess interact with other medications I'm taking?

    Generess may interact with certain medications, such as antibiotics or antiseizure drugs. It's important to inform your healthcare provider about all medications and supplements you are taking to ensure there are no adverse interactions.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13582

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