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Medications for Birth Control (Contraception)

About Birth Control:  The prevention of conception or impregnation.

Drugs Used for Birth Control

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Progestins are synthetic steroid hormones that activate the progesterone receptor in a similar way to progesterone but each individual progestin has its own distinctive effect.

The progestins are used to treat amenorrhea, premenstrual tension and abnormal uterine bleeding. As they prevent ovulation, progestins are a major constituent of oral contraceptives and other forms of contraception. Progestins can also act to decrease levels of some hormones so can be used to treat hormonally sensitive cancers, for transgender hormone suppression and for precocious puberty.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
Mirena X N X 1542 reviews
6.0

Generic name: levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Depo-Provera X N 761 reviews
5.0

Generic name: medroxyprogesterone systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Nexplanon X N 3867 reviews
5.0

Generic name: etonogestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

levonorgestrel X N X 4240 reviews
6.0

Generic name: levonorgestrel systemic

Brand names:  Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena, Liletta …show all

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Depo-Provera Contraceptive X N 11 reviews
4.0

Generic name: medroxyprogesterone systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

norethindrone X N X 623 reviews
5.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Brand names:  Ortho Micronor, Camila, Jolivette, Errin, Nora-Be, Heather, Lyza, Deblitane, Jencycla, Nor-QD, Norlyda, Sharobel, Aygestin, Incassia, Norlyroc, Tulana …show all

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

medroxyprogesterone X N 791 reviews
5.0

Generic name: medroxyprogesterone systemic

Brand names:  Depo-Provera, Depo-Provera Contraceptive, Provera, depo-subQ provera 104 …show all

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Skyla X N X 1363 reviews
7.0

Generic name: levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Ortho Micronor X N X 82 reviews
5.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Camila X N X 61 reviews
4.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Jolivette X N X 90 reviews
5.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Provera X N 4 reviews
5.0

Generic name: medroxyprogesterone systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Errin X N X 45 reviews
4.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Nora-Be X N X 83 reviews
4.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Heather X N X 15 reviews
5.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Kyleena X N X 883 reviews
7.0

Generic name: levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Lyza X N X 79 reviews
5.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Deblitane X N X 3 reviews
4.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Jencycla X N X 7 reviews
6.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Nor-QD X N X Add review Rate

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Norlyda X N X 6 reviews
6.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Sharobel X N X 24 reviews
5.0

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Aygestin X N X Add review Rate

Generic name: norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

depo-subQ provera 104 X N 3 reviews
4.0

Generic name: medroxyprogesterone systemic

Drug class: hormones/antineoplastics, contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

etonogestrel X N 5506 reviews
5.0

Generic name: etonogestrel systemic

Brand name:  Nexplanon

Drug class: contraceptives, progestins

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

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Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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