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Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Yasmin    
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Why do I need this medicine?

Ethinylestradiol and Drospirenone are combined together in this medicine. Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone is a combination oral contraceptive pill. It decreases the likelihood of pregnancy in women of reproductive age.

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

If you are less than 12 hours late in taking your tablet, take the tablet as soon as you remember and take your next dose at your normal dosing schedule.

If you are more than 12 hours late in taking your tablet, please consult your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor may suggest additional contraception as missed tablets reduces the effectiveness of this medicine.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • blood clotting disorder or history of blood clotting disorder
  • deep vein thrombosis (blood clot/s in a blood vessel of your leg) or pulmonary embolism (blood clot/s in a blood vessel of your lungs)
  • current stroke or history of stroke
  • heart attack
  • very high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • migraine
  • unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • cancer of the breast or genital organs
  • liver disease e.g. hepatitis, liver tumours
as Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone may not be suitable for you.

Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or if you think that you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone may cause harm to your unborn child.

Do not take this medicine with medicines used to treat hepatitis C such as ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir and dasabuvir.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • risk factors for blood clot disorder e.g. obesity, prolonged immobilization, increased age (>35 years old), smoking, family history of blood clot disorder, high level of cholesterol or fat in your blood 
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (autoimmune disease that causes inflammation) 
  • gallbladder disease 
  • inflammation of the bowels 
  • depression 
  • history of chloasma (facial skin discoloration) 
  • kidney disease 
  • hereditary angioedema (swelling of the limbs, face) 
Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.

This medicine does not lower the risk of getting HIV infection or any other sexually transmitted diseases. Ensure that you use proper precautions to avoid getting these diseases.

If you are going for surgery or certain laboratory tests, inform your doctor that you are taking Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor may need to do routine physical examinations and blood tests while you are being treated with this medicine. Your doctor may also need to do assessment of your pregnancy status (before you take Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone) and your blood pressure (before you take Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone and thereafter depending on your doctor’s advice).

If you smoke, you should try to quit. Smoking is harmful to your overall health. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about ways to kick your smoking habit.

What side effects could I experience?

Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone may cause any of the following side effects: headache, nausea, vomiting, menstrual disorders, vaginal bleeding between periods, vaginal discharge, thrush, mood changes, decreased sex drive, breast pain and tenderness.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • pain, swelling or skin discolouration of a limb
  • breathlessness, chest pain, irregular heartbeat
  • weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body; confusion, trouble speaking
  • blurring or loss of vision
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes, stomach pain
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone with ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir and dasabuvir (medicines used to treat hepatitis C).

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizures) e.g. primidone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, lamotrigine
  • medicines for tuberculosis or TB e.g. rifampicin
  • medicines for fungal infection e.g. griseofulvin, ketoconazole
  • medicines for pain and inflammation e.g. ibuprofen, naproxen
  • diuretics or “water pills” e.g. spironolactone
  • herbal medicines e.g. St. John’s wort
  • medicine used in organ transplant or certain immune diseases e.g. ciclosporin
  • medicine for asthma e.g. theophylline
  • muscle relaxant e.g. tizanidine
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Ethinylestradiol + Drospirenone - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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