About Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets
Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets is a combination product that has proved to be effective as an oral contraceptive (birth control pills). This product works by combining natural and synthetic estrogens and progestins that are similar to the natural sex hormones that are created in a woman
Your Prescribing Doctor Must Know
Tell your physician if you have experienced any of these conditions for Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets:
Blood sugar problems such as diabetes
Heart or circulation problems
Cancer of the breast, cervix, ovary, uterus, vagina or unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been evaluated by a health care professional
High blood pressure
An unusual or abnormal reaction to estrogen/progestin, other hormones, medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
Pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you are pregnant, breast feeding or currently trying to become pregnant, make sure your doctor is aware of your maternal condition; as Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets may not be recommended for certain situations.
Administering Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets
It is important that you leave regular intervals between every dose of medication. Doing so will help the efficiency of this drug. Every prescription comes with instructions on the reverse side of each bottle or packaging. It is important that you follow the written instructions carefully as not all of them are identical.
To use Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets for routine pregnancy prevention you will need to take your pill orally daily with a glass of water. When you decide to start taking these pills you will need to decide what is the best time of day to take them and always take them at the same time and in the order that is directed. To reduce the chance of an upset stomach you can take with food. Never take more than directed. A lot of products contain a 21 day supply of the pills that contain active ingredients alont with an additional 7 pills that contain iron and inactive ingredients to be taken during the week that you are menstruating. This is done to reduce the chance of missing your next cycle. To use Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets for emergency pregnancy prevention you will take the pill orally with a glass of water. You will need to get instructions from your provider as to how many pills that you will need to take. Take the first does as soon as possible after you have had unprotected sex, preferably within the first 24 hours but not any later than 72 hours after you have done it. Then to have this work you MUST take the second dose 12 hours after the first dose and do not take any extra pills as they will not decrease your risk of pregnancy but might possibly increase the risk of side effects. You should always read the paper that comes with this prescription as it will tell you about the specific product that you are taking.
Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets should only be taken as instructed by a professional physician. Be sure to remember not to stop taking this medicine without consulting your physician first about how to stop safely. If you are researching this medication for your child, keep in mind that children often have special dosage instructions. Ask your physician about these differences prior to starting this medication if this is the case.
What if I Miss a Dose of Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets
In the event that a dose of Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets was missed, take one as soon as you can. But if your next scheduled dose is near, wait until that next dose is due and just skip the one you�ve already missed.
Caution: You should NEVER take double or extra doses of Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets. Always ask your physician further about missed doses, as he may have special instructions.
Always consult the doctor who prescribed Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets to you; as this is only a partial interacting medicines list:
Medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems such as diazepam or temazepam
Medicines for mental depression
Tamoxifen or raloxifen
Medicines for diabetes, including troglitazone or pioglitazone
It is important that your physician knows if you are currently taking any medications along with Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets; as there may be conflicting interaction. Let your physician know if you:
Are a smoker
Use any other legal or illegal drugs or substances
Consume alcohol or caffeine on a regular basis
All of the activities listed above could affect the results you see from taking Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets.
Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets Common side effects
The following are side effects known to be common of Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets and they are experienced by users. These are common, side effects but if you feel uneasy or they persist do not hesitate to contact your physician.
Increased sensitivity to sun or ultraviolet light
Breakthrough bleeding and spotting that continues beyond the 3 initial cycles of pills
Mild stomach upset
Increased or decreased appetite
Breast enlargement, tenderness, unusual discharge or milk production
Skin rash, acne or brown spots on the skin
Mood changes, anxiety, depression, frustration, anger or emotional outbursts
None of the above listed side effects require immediate medical attention. If you continue to experience these Common side effects for a few days, consult your prescribing physician for more advice. It is very important that you do not try to treat these symptoms on your own. Note: that elderly patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing side effects.
Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets Least Common side effects
The following side effects are rare and should not be taken lightly. If you experience any of these less common side effects from taking Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets consult your healthcare professional immediately. The following are less common side effects associated with Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets:
Severe or sudden headaches
Sudden loss of coordination, especially on one side of the body
Coughing up blood
Sudden shortness of breath
Leg, arm or groin pain
Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Swelling of the hands, feet or ankles, or rapid weight gain
Vision or speech problems
Tenderness in the upper abdomen
Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, especially on one side of the body
Symptoms of vaginal infection such as itching, irritation or unusual discharge
Changes in vaginal bleeding during your period or between periods
Increases in blood pressure, especially if you are known to have high blood pressure
Headaches or migraines
Increases in blood sugar, especially if you have diabetes
Dizziness or fainting spells
It is important that you contact your physician right away if you’ve experienced any of the Less Common side effects listed above.
Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets Precautions
You should receive physical checkups on a regular basis; especially while taking prescription medicines. This is an easy way to monitor your progress and ensure your physical health as well. Your body may build up a dependency on Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets and you may experience dizziness or drowsiness up to a few days after you stop taking this medication.
Patients are advised not to operate heavy machinery or automobiles until the full effect of Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets is known. Do not consume alcohol while taking Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets. Make sure your doctor is aware of upcoming surgeries you may have scheduled; or will be scheduling while taking this medication.
Contact your doctor for professional advice if you experience a cold, coughs or allergies. You should not try to treat yourself for such symptoms. Some ingredients found in other medications may have conflicting affects while taking Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets and may affect desired results. Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets cannot be given to any person without a prescription. Sharing Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets is against the law.
How To Store Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets
The following is general storage information for Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets:
It is important that you store Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make sure Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets is kept away from direct sunlight and moisture.
Be sure to store Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets out of reach of any pets or small children; in a small childproof container.
Dispose of any expired or unused Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol 21 Tablets properly.