What is Alyacen 1/35?
Generic Name: Norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol
Drug Class: progestin/estrogen combination
Medical Uses: Birth Control
Alyacen 1/35 (ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone) is a combination medication that provides female hormones (progestin and estrogen) to prevent pregnancy. Alyacen 1/35 prevents ovulation (the releasing of an egg by an ovary), alters the cervical mucus so sperm can’t reach the uterus and fertilize an egg as easily, and alters the uterine lining so an egg can’t attach to the uturus as easily.
Some side effects of ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone include dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, weight changes, irregular menstrual periods, and breast pain or tenderness.
Alyacen 1/35 should be taken exactly as directed. Take one tablet daily, at around the same time, and do not allow intervals between tablets exceed 24 hours. One course of Alyacen 1/35 contains 21 active pills (progestin/estrogen combination) and 7 green inactive reminder pills. Use of Alyacen 1/35 may begin with either a Sunday start (the first Sunday following menstruation) or a Day 1 start (the day menstruation starts). If your period begins on Sunday, you should take the first active tablet that day. For each course, without interruption, take one active pill daily for 21 days, then one green inactive reminder pill daily for the remaining 7 days of the course. When all 28 tablets have been taken, begin a new course the next day by taking an active tablet, regardless of whether or not your period occurs.
Drugs that have been known to severely interact with ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone include acitretin, amprenavir, bexarotene, boceprevir, bosentan, dabrafenib, dantrolene, etretinate, fosamprenavir, griseofulvin, hemin, isotretinoin, lenalidomide, mycophenolate mofetil, mycophenolic acid, pomalidomide, teleprevir, thalidomide, tizanidine, and tranexamic acid.