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Medications for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Other names: PCOS; Polyfollicular ovarian disease; Stein-Leventhal syndrome

About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance of female sex hormones. This may lead to menstrual cycle changes, cysts in the ovaries, trouble getting pregnant, and other health changes.

Drugs used to treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
metformin Off-label 7.7 258 reviews
Rx B N X

Generic name: metformin systemic

Drug class: non-sulfonylureas

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

Off-label: Yes

ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel Off-label 4.9 50 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Brand names:  Seasonique, Aviane, Levora, Falmina, Lutera, CamreseLo, Jolessa, Kurvelo, Lessina, LoSeasonique, Myzilra, Orsythia, Portia, Seasonale, Sronyx, Trivora, Amethia Lo, Chateal, Enpresse, Levlen …show all

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol Off-label 7.8 16 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone 6.3 71 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol Off-label 6.9 18 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Seasonique Off-label 4.9 8 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Aviane Off-label 1.0 1 review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol / levomefolate calcium Off-label 7.8 4 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol / levomefolate calcium systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Levora Off-label 4.0 2 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Falmina Off-label 6.8 4 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Lutera Off-label 6.4 5 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

CamreseLo Off-label Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Jolessa Off-label 1.7 3 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Kurvelo Off-label Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Lessina Off-label 5.5 2 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

LoSeasonique Off-label 5.8 5 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Myzilra Off-label Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Orsythia Off-label 3.0 1 review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Portia Off-label Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Seasonale Off-label Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Sronyx Off-label 3.3 4 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Trivora Off-label Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Amethia Lo Off-label Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Chateal Off-label 6.0 3 reviews
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

Enpresse Off-label Rate Add review
Rx X N X

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off-label: Yes

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
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.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
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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