Generic name: drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol [ dro-SPY-re-nown, ETH-in-il, ESS-tra-dy-ol ]
Contraceptives are a type of drug.
Yasmin is a mixed birth control pill that has female hormones that stop ovulation, which is when an egg is released from an ovary.
Yasmin also changes the mucus in your cervix and the lining of your uterus. This makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and for a fertilised egg to stick to the uterus.
Yasmin is used as a way to avoid getting pregnant.
If you are pregnant or just had a baby, don’t use Yasmin.
You shouldn’t take Yasmin if you have an adrenal gland disorder, kidney disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, coronary artery disease, circulation problems (especially if you have diabetes), undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe migraine headaches, if you also take certain hepatitis C medications, if you are over 35 and a smoker, or if you have ever had a heart attack, stroke, blood clot, jaundice,
When you take Yasmin, your chances of getting a blood clot, a stroke, or a heart attack go up.
If you smoke, you are much more likely to get a blood clot, a stroke, or a heart attack. If you smoke and are over 35, you shouldn’t take Yasmin.
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Side affects of Yasmin
If you have hives, trouble breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, these could be signs of an allergic response to Yasmin.
Stop taking Yasmin right away and call your doctor if you:
- Signs of a stroke – include sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body, a severe headache, slurred speech, and problems with vision or balance.
- Signs of a blood clot – include sudden vision loss, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood, pain or warmth and swelling in one or both legs, and
- Signs of a heart attack – include chest pain or pressure, pain that spreads to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, and sweating.
- Liver problems – like loss of hunger, upper stomach pain, tiredness, dark urine, stools that look like clay, and jaundice, which is when your skin or eyes turn yellow;
- High blood pressure – causes severe headaches, impaired vision, and pounding in the neck or ears.
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
- A severe headache, blurred vision, or pounding in your neck or ears if you have high blood pressure;
- People with depression have trouble sleeping, feel weak and tired, and have mental changes.
Some common side effects of Yasmin could be:
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Breast tenderness;
- Headache, mood changes, feeling tired or irritated;
- Weight gain; or
- Changes in your menstrual cycles or less sex drive.
This isn’t a full list of all possible side effects, and there may be others. You should talk to your doctor about any side effects. You can call 1-800-FDA-1088 to tell the FDA about side affects.
Before you take this drug,
When you take Yasmin, your chances of getting a blood clot, a stroke, or a heart attack go up. If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or are overweight, your risk is even higher. During the first year you take birth control pills, you are most likely to have a stroke or blood clot. When you take birth control pills again after not taking them for 4 weeks or more, your risk is also high.
If you smoke, you are much more likely to get a blood clot, a stroke, or a heart attack. Your risk goes up with age and with how much you smoke. If you smoke and are over 35, you shouldn’t take Yasmin.
Do not use if you are pregnant. Stop taking Yasmin and see your doctor right away if you get pregnant or don’t have your period for two months in a row. If you just had a baby, don’t take this medicine for at least 4 weeks.
Yasmin shouldn’t be taken if you:
- an adrenal gland disorder;
- kidney disease;
- untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure;
- heart disease (coronary artery disease, history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot);
- an increased risk of blood clots because of a heart problem or a hereditary blood disorder;
- circulation problems (especially if caused by diabetes);
- a history of hormone-related cancer, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina;
- odd vaginal bleeding that hasn’t been checked by a doctor;
- liver disease or liver cancer;
- severe migraine headaches (with aura, numbness, weakness, or changes in vision), especially if you’re over 35;
- a history of jaundice caused by pregnancy or birth control pills;
- if you smoke and are over 35; or
- if you take any hepatitis C medicine that contains ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (Technivie).
To make sure Yasmin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- heart problems, high blood pressure, or a tendency to get blood clots;
- high levels of potassium in your blood;
- high cholesterol or triglycerides, or if you are overweight;
- liver or kidney disease;
- underactive thyroid, diabetes, gallbladder disease, or
- a migraine headache.
The hormones in Yasmin can get into a nursing baby’s milk and hurt them. This medicine could also make less breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, don’t use.
How much Yasmin should I take?
Take Yasmin exactly as your doctor has told you to. Follow all of the advice on the label of your medicine. Do not take Yasmin in more or less than the recommended amount or for longer than the instructions say. Take your first pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after it starts. When you first start taking this medicine, you may need to use a second form of birth control, like condoms with spermicide.
Take one pill a day, and don’t wait more than 24 hours between doses. When you run out of pills, start a new pack the next day. You could get pregnant if you do not take one pill daily.
Especially in the first three months, you may have bleeding that doesn’t stop. Tell your doctor if the bleeding keeps going on or gets worse.
If you are going to have major surgery or will be bedridden for a long time, you may need to stop taking this medicine for a while. Any doctor or surgeon who sees you should know that you use Yasmin.
Yasmin should be kept at room temperature and kept away from heat and moisture.
What will happen if I don’t take a dose?
Follow the directions for use that come with your medicine. If you don’t understand what to do, talk to your doctor or chemist. If you miss a pill, you are more likely to get pregnant.
If you forget to take one active pill, take two pills the day you remember. Then, for the rest of the pack, take 1 pill every day.
If you miss two active pills in a row in Week 1 or 2, take two pills every day for two days. Then, for the rest of the pack, take 1 pill every day. Use a backup method of birth control for at least seven days after missing a pill.
If you miss two active pills in a row in Week 3, throw away the rest of the pack and start a new pack the same day if you started on Day 1. If you start your week on Sunday, take a pill every day until Sunday. On Sunday, you should get rid of the rest of the pack and start a new one.
If you miss three active pills in a row in Weeks 1, 2, or 3, throw away the rest of the pack and start a new pack on the same day if you started on Day 1. If you start your week on Sunday, take a pill every day until Sunday. On Sunday, you should get rid of the rest of the pack and start a new one.
If you miss two or more pills, you might not get your period. If you don’t get your period for two months in a row, you might be pregnant.
If you forget to take a warning pill, you should throw it away and keep taking 1 pill every day until the pack is empty.
What happens if I overdose?
Get help from a doctor right away or call 1-800-222-1222 to reach the Poison Help line. Overdose may cause nausea or vaginal bleeding.
What not to do
If you are older than 35, you should not smoke while taking Yasmin.
Yasmin won’t keep you from getting HIV or AIDS or other diseases that are spread through physical contact. The only way to keep these diseases from getting into your body is to use a condom.
How will Yasmin be affected by other drugs?
Other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal items, may interact with drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. This medicine may not work as well if you take it with other drugs, which could lead to pregnancy. Tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking now, as well as any you start or stop taking.
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