Ethinylestradiol / Drosperinone Tablet

This medication may be used for contraception, acne or other medical conditions as suggested by your doctor.

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​What is this medication used for

This medication may be used for contraception, acne or other medical conditions as suggested by your doctor.

 

Dosage and How to Use

Take your pill at the same time every day with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach. Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week. Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 21 pills. Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill.

After you have taken all 21 pills in the strip, you have seven days when you take no pills. Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed like a period. This bleed may not have finished when it is time to start your next strip of pills.

Missed a Dose

If you are less than 12 hours late taking a tablet, the protection against pregnancy is not reduced. Take the tablet as soon as you remember and then take the following tablets again at the usual time.

If you are more than 12 hours late taking a tablet, the protection against pregnancy may be reduced. The greater the number of tablets you have forgotten, the greater is the risk of becoming pregnant.

If a dose is missed, check the package insert or call the doctor to find out what to do. If you are using this medication to prevent pregnancy, another form of birth control may need to be used for some time to prevent pregnancy.

 

Side Effects, Precautions, Contraindication

What possible side effects may it cause?

Common side effects include mood changes, headache, migraine, nausea, breast pain or tenderness, menstrual disorders, bleeding between periods, thick whitish vaginal discharge and vaginal yeast infection.

Rare but serious side effects include malignancies and the chance of harmful blood clots in the vein or artery such as heart attack, stroke and blood clots in the leg, foot or lung. The chance may increase if you have other medical conditions that may increase the risk. Please seek medical attention if you think you have symptoms of blood clot or malignancies. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of a blood clot like chest pain or pressure; coughing up blood; shortness of breath; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of colour, or pain in a leg or arm; or trouble speaking or swallowing.

What precautions should I take?

Inform your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding. Always inform your health care professionals that you are on this medication as some medications may affect the effectiveness of this medication. Please seek medical attention if you think you have symptoms of blood clots or malignancies.

If you vomit within 3-4 hours of taking a tablet or you have severe diarrhoea, there is a risk that the active substances in the pill will not be fully taken up by your body. The situation is almost the same as forgetting a tablet. After vomiting or diarrhoea, take another tablet from a reserve strip as soon as possible. If possible, take it within 12 hours of when you normally take your pill.

What other medications and foods should I avoid?

This medication may potentially interact with a number of medications such as anastrozole, medicines for hepatitis, boceprevir, dasabuvir, exemestane, tranexamic acid, ulipristal etc. Kindly consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure whether there are any potential interactions with your current medications.​

 

Handling and Storage

Store at room temperature below 25 degrees Celsius in a cool, dry place away from moisture, heat and direct sunlight.

Keep this medication out of reach of children.

 

Additional Information

Class of drugs/Indication/Disease

Oral Contraceptives

Generic name of medication

Ethinylestradiol/Drosperinone

Associated brand names (if any)

Yasmin®

Dosage form(s) available

Tablets

Amount of active ingredient

30 mcg/3 mg

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