Chewable Birth Control Available
Spearmint-Flavored Contraceptive Can be Chewed or Swallowed Whole
Dec. 8, 2006 - A spearmint-flavored, chewable birth-control pill is now
available by prescription at U.S. drug stores.
Introduced last September as Ovcon 35 Chewable, it is now dubbed Femcon Fe
by Warner Chilcott, which markets the chewable made by Bristol Myers
The pill may be chewed -- followed by a full glass of water so the full dose
reaches the stomach, with no residue left in the mouth. Or it can be swallowed
Why a chewable pill? Birth control pills don't work
if you don't take them, notes Laurent Delli-Bovi, MD, medical director for
Boston's Chestnut Hill Family Planning Facility.
"Research has shown that compliance still impacts oral contraceptive
failure rates, and anything we can do to make it easier for our patients to
maintain a daily regimen is a notable advancement," Delli-Bovi says in a
Warner Chilcott news release.
Like other birth-control pills, Femcon Fe is a 28-day regimen. Each pack has
21 white tablets containing the active ingredients: progestin, norethindrone
0.4 mg, and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol, 35 mcg). The pack also includes seven
brown "reminder" tablets.
All 28 tablets contain 75 mg of an iron supplement.