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Medications for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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

What is 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.

Medications 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 Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
metformin Off Label Rx B N X 201 reviews
7.0

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

 
Loestrin 24 Fe Off Label Rx X N X 25 reviews
7.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol Off Label Rx X N X 14 reviews
7.0

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 / levonorgestrel Off Label Rx X N X 26 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Brand names:  Seasonique, Aviane, Levora, Lutera, Seasonale, Jolessa, Orsythia, Triphasil, Falmina, Quasense, Sronyx, Amethia Lo, CamreseLo, Chateal, Enpresse, Kurvelo, Lessina, Levlen, Levlite, LoSeasonique, Myzilra, Nordette, Portia, Preven EC, Triphasil-28, Trivora, Trivora-28

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone Off Label Rx X N X 67 reviews
6.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Brand names:  Loestrin 24 Fe, Microgestin Fe 1 / 20, Gildess Fe 1 / 20, Microgestin 1 / 20, Ortho-Novum 1 / 35, Necon 1 / 35, Estrostep Fe, Loestrin 1 / 20, femhrt, Microgestin 1.5 / 30, Loestrin Fe 1 / 20, Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7, Zenchent Fe, Zeosa, Alyacen 1 / 35, Alyacen 7 / 7 / 7, Brevicon, Briellyn, Cyclafem 1 / 35, Cyclafem 7 / 7 / 7, Femcon Fe, Gildagia, Gildess Fe 1.5 / 30, Junel 1.5 / 30, Junel 1 / 20, Leena, Loestrin 21 1.5 / 30, Necon 0.5 / 35, Necon 7 / 7 / 7, Norinyl 1+35, Nortrel 0.5 / 35, Nortrel 1 / 35, Nortrel 7 / 7 / 7, Ovcon 35, Tilia Fe, Tri-Legest, Tri-Legest Fe, Tri-Norinyl, Wera, Wymzya Fe

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Microgestin Fe 1 / 20 Off Label Rx X N X 10 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Seasonique Off Label Rx X N X 5 reviews
6.0

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 Rx X N X 1 review
1.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Gildess Fe 1 / 20 Off Label Rx X N X 2 reviews
4.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Microgestin 1 / 20 Off Label Rx X N X 1 review
9.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Off Label: Yes

 
Ortho-Novum 1 / 35 Off Label Rx X N X 2 reviews
10

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Levora Off Label Rx X N X 1 review
7.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Necon 1 / 35 Off Label Rx X N X 5 reviews
5.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol / levomefolate calcium Off Label Rx X N X 4 reviews
7.0

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

 
drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol Off Label Rx X N X 12 reviews
6.0

Generic name: drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol systemic

Brand name:  Vestura

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Estrostep Fe Off Label Rx X N X Add review
10

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Loestrin 1 / 20 Off Label Rx X N X Add review Add

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Lutera Off Label Rx X N X 2 reviews
5.0

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 Rx X N X Add review Add

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 Rx X N X 1 review
2.0

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 Rx X N X 1 review
3.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Triphasil Off Label Rx X N X Add review Add

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 Rx X N X 1 review
8.0

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel systemic

Drug class: contraceptives

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
femhrt Off Label Rx X N X Add review Add

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
Microgestin 1.5 / 30 Off Label Rx X N X Add review Add

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone systemic

Drug class: contraceptives, sex hormone combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Off Label: Yes

 
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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
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 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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