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Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive, which contains ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone as main ingredients. The drug comes as tablets and is received once daily at the same time each day. Administration of the drug is usually initiated on the first day of the periods or on the first Sunday after the beginning of periods. Possessing anti-androgenic activity the drug is effective against acne and other testosterone-related problems.
What is Yasmin?
Yasmin is a combined oral contraceptive, which contains two hormones – progestin and estrogen. It comes in tablets for oral administration. Each drug package contains 21 tablets with 3 mg of Drospirenone and 0,03 mg of Ethinyl Estradiol as key ingredients. The drug works in two ways, first it prevents ovulation, second it alters the cervical mucus and the endometrium making it less receptive to an embryo and more difficult for the sperm to penetrate to the uterus. Drospirenone also possesses anti-estrogenic properties, which help eliminate acne and other medical problems.
When is Yasmin indicated?
Yasmin is indicated for prevention of unwanted pregnancies in women. The drug is also prescribed to women with premenstrual dysphoric disorders and acne in case they do not wish to get pregnant during the course of treatment. Administration of the drug regulates menstrual cycle and helps to reduce menstrual bleeding and cramps. It is not indicated for use in patients under 14 or in patients who haven’t started having menstrual periods.
How to take Yasmin?
Yasmin is taken orally, one pill at the same time each day, regardless to meals. The course of administration should be started either on the first day of the menstrual cycle of on the first Sunday after the beginning of the menstrual cycle. If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Missed pills or incorrect administration of the drug may increase the failure rate. In such cases back-up contraception is needed.
What are Yasmin side effects?
Yasmin is generally well tolerated and if side effects occur, they usually require no treatment. Such side effects are: headache, nausea, abdominal pain, irregular uterine bleeding (most probably during the first 3 months on the contraceptive) and breast pain. Serious side effects are rare, nevertheless stop taking the drug and seek medical attention if you have vision changes, troubled breathing, swelling, allergy, sudden numbness or weakness.
When is Yasmin contraindicated?
Yasmin is contraindicated to women with renal impairment, adrenal insufficiency and to those at increased risk of venous or arterial thrombosis. The contraceptive mustn’t be prescribed to patients with breast cancer, unknown abnormal uterine bleeding, liver tumor or liver disease. Caution should be exercised when administering the drug to smoking women aged over 35, diabetics and women with uncontrolled hypertension and hypercoagulopathy.