ORSYTHIA® (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP) is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception.

Oral contraceptives are highly effective. TABLE II lists the typical accidental pregnancy rates for users of combination oral contraceptives and other methods of contraception. The efficacy of these contraceptive methods, except sterilization, the IUD, and levonorgestrel implants, depends upon the reliability with which they are used. Correct and consistent use of methods can result in lower failure rates.

TABLE II: Percentage of Women Experiencing an Unintended Pregnancy During the First Year of Typical Use and the First Year of Perfect Use of Contraception and the Percentage Continuing Use at the End of the First Year. United States.
  % of Women Experiencing an
Unintended Pregnancy Within the
First Year of Use
% of Women Continuing
Use at One Year3
Method (1) Typical Use1 (2) Perfect Use2 (3) (4)
Chance4 85 85  
Spermicides5 26 6 40
Periodic abstinence 25   63
     Calendar   9  
     Ovulation Method   3  
     Sympto-Thermal6   2  
     Post-Ovulation   1  
     Parous Women 40 26 42
     Nulliparous Women 20 9 56
     Parous Women 40 20 42
     Nulliparous Women 20 9 56
Diaphragm7 20 6 56
Withdrawal 19 4  
     Female (Reality) 21 5 56
     Male 14 3 61
Pill 5   71
     Progestin only   0.5  
     Combined   0.1  
     Progesterone T 2.0 1.5 81
     Copper T380A 0.8 0.6 78
     LNg 20 0.1 0.1 81

Injectable Progestogen

0.3 0.3 70
Levonorgestrel Implants 0.05 0.05 88
Female Sterilization 0.5 0.5 100
Male Sterilization 0.15 0.10 100

Emergency Contraceptive Pills: The FDA has concluded that certain combined oral contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel or levonorgestrel are safe and effective for use as postcoital emergency contraception. Treatment initiated within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse reduces the risk of pregnancy by at least 75%.9

Lactation Amenorrhea Method: LAM is a highly effective, temporary method of contraception.10

Source: Trussell J. Contraceptive efficacy. In: Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Stewart F, Cates W, Stewart GK, Kowel D, Guest F. Contraceptive Technology: Seventeenth Revised Edition. New York NY: Irvington Publishers; 1998.

1 Among typical couples who initiate use of a method (not necessarily for the first time), the percentage who experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year if they do not stop use for any other reason.

2 Among couples who initiate use of a method (not necessarily for the first time) and who use it perfectly (both consistently and correctly), the percentage who experience an accidental pregnancy during the first year if they do not stop use for any other reason.

3 Among couples attempting to avoid pregnancy, the percentage who continue to use a method for one year.

4 The percents becoming pregnant in columns (2) and (3) are based on data from populations where contraception is not used and from women who cease using contraception in order to become pregnant. Among such populations, about 89% become pregnant within one year. This estimate was lowered slightly (to 85%) to represent the percent who would become pregnant within one year among women now relying on reversible methods of contraception if they abandoned contraception altogether.

5 Foams, creams, gels, vaginal suppositories, and vaginal film.

6 Cervical mucus (ovulation) method supplemented by calendar in the pre-ovulatory and basal body temperature in the post-ovulatory phases.

7 With spermicidal cream or jelly.

8 Without spermicides.

9 The treatment schedule is one dose within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse, and a second dose 12 hours after the first dose. The FDA has declared the following dosage regimens of oral contraceptives to be safe and effective for emergency contraception: for tablets containing 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol and 500 mcg of norgestrel 1 dose is 2 tablets; for tablets containing 20 mcg of ethinyl estradiol and 100 mcg of levonorgestrel 1 dose is 5 tablets; for tablets containing 30 mcg of ethinyl estradiol and 150 mcg of levonorgestrel 1 dose is 4 tablets.

10 However, to maintain effective protection against pregnancy, another method of contraception must be used as soon as menstruation resumes, the frequency or duration of breastfeeds is reduced, bottle feeds are introduced, or the baby reaches 6 months of age.

In a clinical trial with levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets, 1,477 subjects had 7,720 cycles of use and a total of 5 pregnancies were reported. This represents an overall pregnancy rate of 0.84 per 100 woman-years. This rate includes patients who did not take the drug correctly. One or more pills were missed during 1,479 (18.8%) of the 7,870 cycles; thus all tablets were taken during 6,391 (81.2%) of the 7,870 cycles. Of the total 7,870 cycles, a total of 150 cycles were excluded from the calculation of the Pearl index due to the use of back-up contraception and/or missing 3 or more consecutive pills.

Orsythia Description

21 pink active tablets each containing 0.1 mg of levonorgestrel, d(-)-13?-ethyl-17?-ethinyl-17?-hydroxygon-4-en-3-one, a totally synthetic progestogen, and 0.02 mg of ethinyl estradiol, 17?-ethinyl-1,3,5(10)-estratriene-3, 17?-diol. The inactive ingredients present are FD&C red #40 aluminum lake, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch and vitamin E.

7 light-green inert tablets, each containing FD&C blue #2, hypromellose, iron oxide yellow, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol and pregelatinized starch.

Active Orsythia Ingredients

Orsythia NDC Codes

NDC Quantity Package
00603-7634-01 1 Kit 1 Blister Pack
00603-7634-17 6 Blister Pack 1 Carton
00603-7634-01 1 Kit 1 Blister Pack
00603-7634-49 3 Blister Pack 1 Carton

Orsythia Structured Product Labels

SPL Manufacturer
7c5e91c5-0cf7-4960-8cd0-ff0c8ba819cb Qualitest Pharmaceuticals

Orsythia Overview

Overall Rating
Medication Type
Approval Date
May 11, 2011
DEA Schedule
Not Classified

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