First OTC Birth Control Pill Gets Approval From FDA – Health Digest

Although other contraceptive methods have been available without a prescription, the FDA has stated that oral contraception is most effective “when used as directed.” Opill is best at preventing unwanted pregnancy when taken on the same daily schedule.

While¬†birth control pills can be used as emergency contraception (via UptoDate), the FDA stated that Opill shouldn’t be taken for this purpose. Additionally, Opill can’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Individuals who have had breast cancer or are taking another hormone-based product (such as a contraceptive patch) shouldn’t use Opill. Opill should also not be taken by males or women who are already pregnant.

Some of the side effects associated with Opil include irregular bleeding, headaches, dizziness, and abdominal pain. Medications for seizures, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and high blood pressure might interact with Opill. Opill might also interact with supplements that have St. John’s Wort.

According to CNN, Perrigo hasn’t set the retail price for Opill. You’ll be able to find it in stores in early 2024.