Generic: Drospirenone, Ethinyl Estradiol, and Levomefol
Drospirenone – E.Estradiol – Levomefol, also known and sold under the trade name of Beyaz, is a combination of three products which are used to prevent pregnancy.
It is a birth control pill which contains two kinds of hormones – drospirenone, which is a progestin, and Ethinyl estradiol, which is an estrogen.
Their substances prevent pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) during the menstrual cycle, as well as causing the vaginal fluid to become thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg and changes the lining of the uterus to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg.
This product also contains a folate supplement. Folate is a vitamin B which helps to prevent spinal cord birth defects in an unborn baby.
The birth control may also be used to make your periods more regular, or to decrease the blood loss, help with painful periods, and decrease the risk of ovarian cysts.
This product is available in the form of a tablet.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before the decision to start the treatment with this product is made, it is important to get informed about the expected beneficial effects, as well as about the potential side effects and risks.
For the decision to be make, it is essential for the beneficial effects to outweigh the potential risks. This is a decision that you and your doctor, together will have to make.
During the consultations, inform the doctor about:
Allergies – Inform the doctor about any allergic reactions to any medications, prescribed or no prescribed. Also, inform the healthcare professional about any allergic reactions to any specific kind of food, dye, fabric and etc.
Pediatric – There are no studies done that confirm the safety of this medication to be used in pediatric patients. Because of this, it should be used only in cases where the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
Geriatric – Proper studies confirm that there are no age-connected risks when this medication is used in geriatric patients.
Pregnancy – Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. This medication should not be used during pregnancy, due to the risk to the infant.
Breastfeeding – Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. This product may cause decreased milk production. Consult your doctor before using this product if you are currently breastfeeding.
Drug interactions – Inform the doctor if you are currently using any other medications, prescribed or no prescribed, even vitamins and herbal tea.
This is important because certain medications should not be used in a combination with others, due to the possibility that certain interactions could occur.
However, sometimes the doctor may decide to use a certain type of a combination including two or more medications in order to treat your condition if he or she considers that combination to prove as beneficial regarding your condition.
Other interactions – Certain medications should not be used in a combination with the specific type of food, tobacco and alcohol. It is important to get informed if there is a need for you to follow a specific type of diet and discontinue your use of tobacco and/or alcohol during the treatment.
Other medical problems – Inform the doctor about your medical history, any other medical problems and conditions from the past or at the moment.
Especially, inform the doctor if there are any of the following conditions present:
For proper use follow the directions given by your doctor. This product is taken orally. Do not crush, break or chew the tablet. The dose is individual for every patient, prescribed by the doctor.
It is usually taken once, daily. It is important to take the tablet every day at the same time. For the most beneficial effects, it is essential to take the medication regularly.
If you happen to forget a dose, take it as soon as possible. Do not double to catch up. If an overdose is suspected, inform the doctor for further directions.
4 Precautions to Take
Visit your doctor at your scheduled appointments so that he or she would be able to track your condition and make any needed adjustments.
Inform the doctor about any allergic reactions to any kind of medications, prescribed or no prescribed. This is important because this product may contain inactive substances that could cause certain interactions to occur.
Inform the doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. This is important because this medication should not be used during pregnancy, due to the possible risk to the fetus.
Inform the doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. This medication should be used only if the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks in cases of nursing mothers.
This product may cause difficulties of controlling your blood sugar levels. If you are suffering from diabetes, it is important to check your blood sugar levels regularly.
5 Potential Side Effects
Along with its needed beneficial effects, there are also potential side effects which could occur. These side effects do not occur within all patients, also they could be mild or more serious.
Based on the present side effects, the doctor may decide to discontinue the treatment with this product if your condition worsens or does not improve.
It is essential to get informed about the potential side effects so that you would be able to notice them and inform the doctor as soon as possible.
Common side effects – nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal cramps/bloating, swelling of the ankles/feet, or weight changes. These are considered as common and not serious side effects. But, if they persist or worsen, inform the doctor right away.
Serious side effects – mood changes, dark urine, yellowing of the eyes/skin, severe abdominal/stomach pain, or changes in vaginal bleeding. If any of these serious side effects appear, inform the doctor as soon as possible.
A serious allergic reaction is very rare, but if you notice any of the following symptoms, inform the doctor as soon as possible – skin rash, itching/swelling of the hands/feet/face/tongue, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
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