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|Cigarette smoking has been shown to increase the risk of serious side effects from oral contraceptives. Risks include blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. This risk is higher for women over 35 years of age and in heavy smokers (15 or more cigarettes per day).
If you take oral contraceptives, you should not smoke.
Yasmin is an oral contraceptives (birth-control pills) used to prevent pregnancy. Progestin and estrogen are two female sex hormones. Combinations of progestin and estrogen work by preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) and by changing the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus. Oral contraceptives are an effective method of birth control, however, they do not prevent the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Oral contraceptives come in packets of 21 or 28 tablets designed to be take by mouth once a day. Take oral contraceptives with food or milk to avoid an upset stomach. Take the tablet at the same time every day (e.g., at breakfast or at bedtime) to help you remember to take the tablet regularly. If you miss doses, you increase your risk of becoming pregnant.
hen you first start taking Yasmin, use an additional method of birth control until you have correctly taken it for 7 days.
If you have a 21-tablet packet, take one tablet a day for 21 days. Then take none for 7 days. Then start a new packet.
If you have a 28-tablet packet, take one tablet a day for 28 days. The last 7 tablets will be a different color. These 7 tablets are not birth-control pills. They contain either iron (ferrous fumarate) or an inactive ingredient. Take one tablet a day continuously for 28 days in the order specified in your packet. Start a new packet the day after taking your 28th tablet.
Read and carefully follow the directions on your prescription label concerning when to take your first tablet. It may be on the 1 st or 5 th day of your menstrual period or on the 1 st Sunday after or on which bleeding starts. Take your the oral contraceptive exactly as directed. Do not take more or less or take more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking Yasmin without talking to your doctor.
If you have recently had a baby, wait until 4 weeks after giving birth to begin using oral contraceptives.
Before taking oral contraceptives, ask your doctor or pharmacist for a copy of the manufacturer's information for the patient. Read it carefully.
Yasmin may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before taking oral contraceptives
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to
- other medications
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you take. Be sure to mention any of the following:
- acetaminophen (APAP, Tylenol)
- anticoagulants (blood thinners), e.g., warfarin (Coumadin)
- atorvastatin (Lipitor)
- clofibrate (Atromid-S)
- cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
- griseofulvin (Fulvicin, Grisactin, Grifulvin)
- HIV protease inhibitors, e.g., ritonavir (Norvir) and indinavir (Crixivan)
- seizures medications, e.g., phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton), carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin), and topiramate (Topamax)
- morphine e.g., MS Contin, Kadian, MSIR, others
- oral steroids, e.g., methylprednisolone (Medrol), dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone), prednisone (Deltasone), prednisolone (Prelone)
- rifampin (Rimactane, Rifadin)
- rifabutin (Mycobutin)
- temazepam (Restoril)
- theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theobid)
- thyroid medication, e.g., levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Levothroid, Synthroid)
This information is to supplement and not to be a substitution for the judgment and expertise of your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be taken to indicate that use of the medicine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult your physician before using this medicine
Before taking Yasmin
Your doctor may need to adjust your dose of your medications and/or monitor you carefully for side effects.
Do not take oral contraceptives if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
If you become pregnant while taking Yasmin, call your doctor immediately.
Do not take oral contraceptives if you are breast feeding.
Unless your doctor tells you differently, continue your normal diet.
If you miss doses of oral contraceptive, you are at risk for becoming pregnant. Instructions about missed doses are different for different oral contraceptives. Read carefully the instructions in the manufacturer's pamphlet for the patient. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. If you miss dose, use a backup method of birth control for 7 days or until the end of the cycle of pills.
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some Yasmin side effects can be serious. These symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:
Oral contraceptives use may increase the risk of developing
Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking Yasmin.
There are other oral contraceptive side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking them.
In case of a Yasmin overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim is not breathing or has collapsed, call local emergency services at 911.
Keep all your doctor and laboratory appointments. Have a complete physical examination every year, including blood pressure measurements, a Pap smear test, breast and pelvic exams. Follow your doctor's instructions for examining your breasts. Immediately report any lumps.
If you have any laboratory tests, first tell the laboratory personnel that you take oral contraceptives. Yasmin may affect some laboratory results.
If you miss one menstrual period and you have carefully taken your tablets as directed without skipping any, continue taking them.
But if you
call your doctor and use another method of birth control until you are able to have a pregnancy test.
If you wish to become pregnant, stop taking Yasmin and use another method of birth control for at least 3 months after you stop taking it to be sure that the medication will not harm the fetus. It may be a long time before you to become pregnant after stopping oral contraceptives, especially if you have never had a baby or if you had infrequent, irregular, or complete a absence of menstrual periods before taking Yasmin. If you have any questions, discussed them with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else take your Yasmin medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refills of your prescription.
Keep Yasmin in the packet it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children.
Store it at room temperature and away from excessive heat and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.
Discard any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about how to properly dispose.
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