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Modicon is a once-daily oral contraceptive containing the hormones estrogen and progestin. Modicon is designed to prevent pregnancy by interfering with ovulation, fertilization, and implantation. Modicon works primarily to stop ovulation, the monthly release of an egg from the ovary. Modicon also prevents fertilization by thickening vaginal fluid to make it harder for sperm to reach an egg. If sperm penetrates an egg, Modicon’s changes to the lining of the uterine wall make it difficult for a fertilized egg to attach. Eggs that don’t attach are safely passed out of the body.
Our team at Nurx™ can prescribe Modicon at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Necon .5/35 for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance. To learn more about getting birth control from Nurx, click here.
How is Modicon Used?
Modicon is packaged in a blister card and may come with an optional, unfilled, circular dispenser. Modicon should be taken by mouth at the same time each day and doses should not occur more than 24 hours apart. Modicon contains 21 active pills containing the hormone combination of estrogen and progestin. The remaining seven pills contain inert ingredients and serve as reminders to keep you on schedule. Your period will ideally take place during those seven days, but you should start the next pack on time whether or not you have your period.
In addition to protecting against pregnancy, Modicon also helps to reduce menstrual flow and lessen period pain. Over the short term, Modicon can help decrease the risk for ovarian cysts and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). The long-term benefits include decreasing the risk of developing ovarian cancer. For some women with mild to moderate acne, Modicon may be an effective treatment.
Store Modicon in a cool, dry place that is convenient and easy to remember so you don't miss taking your medication.
Is Modicon Easy to Get?
Modicon is a prescription medication that requires a doctor's order. The retail cost for Modicon averages $35 for a 28-day pack and is available at most pharmacies. Contact your insurance provider to find out if the cost of this medication is covered all or in part by your plan. If you don't have insurance, no problem, contact us here at Nurx so we can find the right medication for your budget.
What Precautions Should I Take Before Using Modicon?
For women with significant hypertension may experience elevated blood pressure while using of oral contraceptives and are advised to find alternatives. Diabetic women may experience changes to glucose levels or tolerance and are strongly encouraged to monitor blood glucose carefully while taking Modicon. Women suffering from migraines may see their headaches worsen, and emotional disorders such as depression may be exacerbated.
Women who wear contact lens may experience an intolerance to lenses or vision changes. Speak with your vision care specialist about Modicon and its effect on contact lenses.
Medications may interact with lab tests, especially endocrine and liver function tests. If you have tests or elective surgery scheduled, consider waiting to start Modicon until after your procedures are complete. Allergic reactions to Modicon are rare. Seek medical attention at the onset of allergy symptoms like swelling of the face or throat, rash, or difficulty breathing. Consult your doctor before you begin taking Modicon to determine if this contraceptive is right for you.
Women who are sensitive to estrogen may consider an alternative to Modicon. Here at Nurx, we can recommend a low-dose estrogen combination pill or the progestin-only mini-pill.
While Modicon is very effective at preventing pregnancy, it does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.
Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Most prescription medications are accompanied by side effects that are fairly common and usually dissipate over time. Common side effects include breast tenderness, spotting, bloating, and minor fluctuations in weight. Nausea and vomiting are occasionally reported and can usually be alleviated by taking your medication with a meal or at night.
Serious side effects from the use of oral contraceptives are unlikely. Speak with your healthcare provider if you experience the uncommon symptoms of sudden dizziness, chest pain or heaviness, or lumps in the breast.
Can I Take Modicon With Other Medications?
Medications can interact to cancel each other out, or they can reduce the effectiveness of one or the other. Some over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen or supplements such as St. John's wort may interact with Modicon.
For women with Hepatitis C, Modicon can elevate liver enzymes to effect treatment. Women who are undergoing treatment for Hep C are cautioned against taking Modicon for two to three weeks following the completion of treatment.
For those taking prescription meds that treat seizures, Modicon may compromise your medication. It's a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional about medications or supplements you're taking that may interfere or interact with combination oral contraceptives to determine if Modicon is the right medication for you.
Can I Buy Modicon Online Through Nurx?
We can order Modicon for you via a special request. Speak with a Nurx team member at your convenience to discuss all your birth control needs and to learn how you can get started with Modicon.
How Long Would it Take to Deliver This Drug if I Bought it Online?
We work to get your medication to you quickly and at no cost to you. Your medication can be discreetly delivered to your mailbox, or you can choose to conveniently pick up your medication at a local pharmacy. Special requests may take slightly longer.
Who Makes This Drug?
Modicon is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
What Happens if I Miss a Dose of Modicon?
Your medication is designed to work best when taken at the same time each and every day. If you miss a dose, take your medication as soon as you remember. If you miss more than one dose, or are late taking your meds more than once, consider using backup birth control until your next cycle.
Can Modicon Make My Periods Lighter?
Yes, it can. Modicon has been reported to reduce both the heaviness and pain associated with menses. It may take a few cycles of Modicon to notice a difference, and you may experience the common side effect of spotting while your body adjusts to your meds. Over time, the continued use of Modicon can make periods lighter, reduce pain and risk of anemia while reducing the chances of developing ovarian cysts. Long-term use of combination oral contraceptives have documented decreases in the risk of ovarian cancer.
How Effective is Modicon?
Very. Generally, combination oral contraceptives are one of the most effective, and safest, forms of birth control. When Modicon is taken correctly and consistently, it's more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. For Modicon to work the best, one tablet is taken by mouth at the same time each and every day, without missing a dose. If your medication includes inert pills, they help keep you in the habit of taking a pill every day, so don't discount them. To help you remember, use your smartphone or other devices to set a reminder to take your medication at the same time every day.
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