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Yaz is an oral tablet consisting of contraceptives called drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 0.02mg/3mg!
Yaz is used in women to prevent pregnancy. Pregnancy occurs when a sperm cell (from the man) and an egg (from the female) meet inside the reproductive system of a female body which occurs during time of sexual intercourse. During menstruation in females, also known as a period (this occurs roughly once a month); an egg is released from the female’s ovaries (called ovulation). During ovulation, the egg will travel into the fallopian tube which leads to the uterus. During this time, if a sperm cell reaches the egg, it will then become fertilized and the process of pregnancy begins.
Yaz (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is effective at preventing pregnancy because it is able to prevent eggs from being released (ovulation) and makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus lining by creating extra cervical mucus.
Only take this medication the way that your doctor has directed you too. Taking the incorrect dose can lead to unwanted side effects, ineffectiveness, or adverse interactions; avoid taking more or less of a dose than recommended.
Take one tablet every day; ensure they are taken no more than 24 hours apart. When you run out of tablets, you may open another pack the following day. Missing one pill can cause pregnancy to occur.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Do not use Yaz (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol)
Do not use this medication if you are pregnant, have recently given birth, if you have an adrenal gland disorder, kidney disease, untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, an increased risk of having blood clots due to a heart problem or hereditary blood disorder, circulation problems, a history of hormone-related cancer or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina, unusual vaginal bleeding that hasn’t been diagnosed, liver disease or cancer, severe migraines, a history of jaundice caused by pregnancy or birth control pills, if you smoke and are over 35 years old, or if you take hepatitis C medication containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (Technivie).
Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required
To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart problems, high blood pressure or if you are prone to having blood clots, high levels of potassium in your blood, high cholesterol or triglycerides or if you are overweight, depression, liver or kidney disease, underactive thyroid, diabetes, gallbladder disease, or a migraine headache.
This medication may increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. The risk is highest during the first year, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or those who are overweight. This risk is also high once starting treatment after stopping for 4 weeks. Smoking can significantly increase your risk, especially those who are over the age of 35.
This medication can pass through breast milk and may harm a nursing infant and may also slow down breast milk production. You should not breast feed while being treated with Yaz.
You may have break through bleeding, especially in the following 3 months of starting treatment. If this continues or is very heavy, consult your doctor.
If you need major surgery or long-term bed rest; you may need to temporarily stop using this medication. Let all doctors and surgeons know exactly what medications you are currently on.
Common side effects of Yaz (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Yaz (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.
Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…
liver problems - loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, tiredness, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
increased blood pressure - severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears;
depression - sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes.
What if I miss a dose?
Contact your doctor before starting treatment about what to do if you miss a dose. It is more complicated than taking it when you remember or skipping it if your next dose is soon. Ensure you know how to properly make up for a missed dose; consult your doctor if you are still unsure.
How should I store this medication?
Store this medication at room temperature in a low risk area of heat and moisture. Ensure it is in an area not accessible by children or pets.
What should I avoid when taking Yaz?
You should avoid smoking when using this medication. This is especially important for those who are over the age of 35 years old. Smoking can greatly increase your chance of blood clots.
What else may Yaz help treat?
This medication may also be useful in the treatment of acne, polycystic ovarian syndrome, a disease with cysts in the ovaries, and premenstrual disorder with a state of unhappiness.
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