Etynodiol diacetate

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Etynodiol diacetate
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Systematic (IUPAC) name
(3β,17β)-17-ethynylestr-4-ene-3,17-diyl diacetate
Clinical data
Legal status
  • Prescription only
Routes Oral
CAS number 297-76-7
ATC code G03DC06
G03AA01 G03FA06 (with an estrogen)
PubChem CID 92709270
DrugBank DB00823
ChemSpider 8913
Chemical data
Formula C24H32O4 
Mol. mass 384.509 g/mol

Ethynodiol diacetate (INN; sold as Continuin, Femulen, Luteonorm, Luto-Metrodiol, and Metrodiol), or ethynodiol diacetate (USAN, BAN), is a steroidal progestin which is used as a hormonal contraceptive.[1][2] Relative to other 19-nortestosterone derivatives, it has relatively little or no potency as an androgen,[3][4] and also unlike most progestins in general, has significant estrogenic effects.[5][3]

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  1. ^ F.. Macdonald (1997). Dictionary of Pharmacological Agents. CRC Press. p. 1454. ISBN 978-0-412-46630-4. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Index Nominum 2000: International Drug Directory. Taylor & Francis US. 2000. p. 422. ISBN 978-3-88763-075-1. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kenneth L. Becker (24 April 2001). Principles and Practice of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 1004. ISBN 978-0-7817-1750-2. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Chaudhuri (1 January 2007). Practice Of Fertility Control: A Comprehensive Manual (7Th Edition). Elsevier India. p. 122. ISBN 978-81-312-1150-2. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Allan H. Goroll; Albert G. Mulley (27 January 2009). Primary Care Medicine: Office Evaluation and Management of the Adult Patient. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 876. ISBN 978-0-7817-7513-7. Retrieved 30 May 2012.