Ovral is used for birth control. It may also be used to regulate menstrual cycle, or for treatment of other conditions as determined by your doctor.
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Drug Uses

Ovral is used for preventing pregnancy. It may also be used to regulate the menstrual cycle, or for treatment of other conditions as determined by your doctor.

How Taken

Use Ovral as directed by your doctor. To avoid stomach upset take Ovral with a meal.


Before taking Ovral, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances, if you are allergic to any ingredient in Ovral, if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart failure, angina, or a history of heart attack, high cholesterol or if you are overweight, have a history of depression, gallbladder disease, if you have diabetes, seizures or epilepsy, have a history of irregular menstrual cycles, or a history of fibrocystic breast disease, lumps, nodules, or an abnormal mammogram, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast–feeding. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant, or if you miss two menstrual periods in a row. The hormones in birth control pills can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. This medication may also slow breast milk production. Do not use if you are breast–feeding a baby. Some medicines may interact with Ovral. Therefore tell your doctor of all prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement that you are taking. Do not use Ovral if you have a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems (especially if caused by diabetes), a hormone–related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe high blood pressure, migraine headaches, a heart valve disorder, or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills. If you have recently had a baby, wait at least 4 weeks before taking birth control pills (6 weeks if you are breast–feeding).

Missed Dose

If you miss one active pill, take the forgotten pill as soon as you remember. The next pill should be taken at a regular schedule–this might mean taking two pills in one day. It is advised to use a backup method of contraception for the next 7 days after a pill is missed. If you miss more than 1 dose of Ovral, contact your doctor for further instructions. You may need to use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms). If you are not sure about how to handle Missed Doses of Ovral, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms) until you talk with your doctor.

Possible Side Effects

Some of the possible side effects are - mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps, breast pain, tenderness, or swelling, freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair, changes in weight or appetite, problems with contact lenses, vaginal itching or discharge, changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive, or nervousness, dizziness, tired feeling. Contact your doctor if any of these or other side effects occur. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, you should seek medical attention immediately- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body, sudden headache, confusion, pain behind the eyes, problems with vision, speech, or balance, chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sweating, general ill feeling, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay–colored stools, jaundice, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet, a breast lump, or sleep problems, weakness, mood changes.


Store Ovral at room temperature. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Ovral out of the reach of children.


If overdose is suspected seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms of Ovral overdose are- nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding.

More Information

Ovral may cause dizziness. These effects may worsen if Ovral is taken with alcohol or certain other medications. Use Ovral with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to this drug. Ovral should be used only by the patient for whom it has been prescribed. Do not take less or more or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.


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