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Asumate is a daily oral contraceptive that regulates menstrual flow while preventing pregnancy. In layman’s terms, Asumate is a daily birth control pill. With Asumate, patients take the pill for 21 days and then take a seven-day break during their regular menstrual flow. This is similar to most pills, where patients take 21 active and seven inactive pills, except Asumate does not provide the inactive placebo pills.
Asumate may be a good option for women who do not want to take the seven placebo pills that typically come with birth control packets. It is also a good option for women who are able to remember to start taking active tablets after the inactive period.
Our team at Nurx™ can prescribe Asumate at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Amethia-Lo for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $45 without insurance. To learn more about getting birth control from Nurx, click here.
How Does Asumate Work?
While Asumate only offers 21 pills without the seven inactive ones, it still works in the same way as other forms of daily contraception. Women receive small doses of hormones every day until the 22nd day, when they take a break from the hormones and their body experiences a period.
Asumate is effective because it prevents pregnancy in three different ways. It prevents ovulation so there is nothing for the sperm to fertilize and it creates a thicker cervical mucus to block sperm from passing through to begin with. Finally, Asumate creates a thinner uterine lining, so that any fertilized eggs pass out without latching on.
The three-pronged approach to pregnancy prevention makes Asumate almost 90% effective when it is taken correctly.
Where Is Asumate Available?
Asumate and its similar alternatives are not considered over the counter drugs. This means that you need a prescription from your doctor before you can start taking this form of birth control. However, once you have that prescription, it is easy to find birth control pills that contain the same active ingredients as Asumate within your local pharmacy.
Most healthcare providers should cover the cost of Asumate or its alternatives. Even without health insurance this pill often is considered affordable for many Americans.
What Precautions Should I Take Before Using Asumate
Always talk to your doctor before starting a new medication, and alert them to any allergies or existing prescriptions that you are taking. This also applies to Asumate. Telling your doctor about your allergies can prevent them from prescribing something that gives you a negative reaction. Similarly, alerting your doctor to your medications can prevent different prescriptions from canceling each other out or causing negative side effects when combined.
Asumate is only effective when it is taken regularly. If you miss days while on Asumate, you may increase your chances of getting pregnant. Make sure you take Asumate at the same time every day unless it is the pill-free period week.
If you forget to take Asumate, switch to back-up birth control (like condoms) and take two pills the next day. If you skip a period after missing a few days of Asumate, you may be pregnant.
Store Asumate in a cool, dry place where you can easily access it every day. Do not take your Asumate pills if the packaging is damaged or tampered with.
Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Every person reacts to different medications in their own unique way, and Asumate is no different. Some women experience a few mild side effects while taking the medication, including bloating, breast tenderness, spotting or bleeding between periods, changes in weight or diet, swelling in the feet or ankles, and moodiness. These symptoms are typically mild and some may fade over time as your body adjusts to the new birth control.
There are, however, some side effects that are severe. While these are incredibly rare, they may occur once you start taking Asumate. Stop taking Asumate and seek medical help immediately if you experience severe pain in your abdomen, sudden heavy bleeding, chest or jaw pain, dizziness, unexpected migraines, shortness of breath, a rapid heart rate, or depression.
What Else Should I Know About Taking Asumate
If you experience nausea or diarrhea while taking Asumate, switch to back-up birth control until your symptoms have passed. This is because the active hormones may not have been fully absorbed, increasing your risk of getting pregnant. If your nausea persists while taking Asumate, try taking the pill at night before bed or with a large dinner. This may lessen the nausea and make it easier to take. Talk to your doctor about your side effects if these symptoms persist.
Asumate is not meant for women who are over the age of 35 who smoke. It also may be less effective for women who are overweight. Taking Asumate in these conditions may increase your chances of a heart attack, stroke, or pregnancy.
Is There a Generic Version of Asumate?
Asumate is the generic version of Lo-Seasonique, which was originally developed and produced by Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Who Makes This Drug?
Asumate is a generic drug that is developed through Exeltis.
Can I Buy This Drug Online Through Nurx?
At Nurx, we currently carry Amethia Lo, which is the same medication as Asumate but under a different name. If you are interested in taking Asumate, look for it under our brands page. There, you can see the different types of birth control pills that we offer along with their alternative names. Amethia Lo and Asumate are both generic alternatives to Lo-Seasonique, we just happen to carry Amethia Lo within our pharmacies.
How Do I Get a Prescription for Asumate Through Nurx?
Nurx uses an easy, four-step process to help people get the birth control they need from across the country. Start by requesting your prescription and answering a few basic questions about your health. Then, our doctors will review your request and write a prescription based on your needs. Then, your birth control will get shipped out, along with automatic refills in the future when you need them.
You can cancel these refills at any time, or continue to use the prescription birth control provided to you by Nurx.
How Long Would it Take to Deliver This Drug if I Bought it Online?
At Nurx, we try to fill and ship prescriptions within a few days to ensure that our clients get the medication they need when they need it. You can typically expect to receive your prescription in three to five business days after your prescription request has been approved.
One of our pharmacies will ship your prescription within 72 hours of the doctor's request, and then the shipment will take between one to three business days via USPS. If you are concerned that you will not get your order in time, reach out to our customer service team and ask about expedited service.
Does Asumate Work?
Asumate is up to 90% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. However, you need to make sure that you follow the dosing instructions and take it at the same time every day. Skipping pills while taking Asumate will reduce its effectiveness, and may increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Does Asumate Cause Weight Gain?
There is no definitive proof that Asumate, or other forms of birth control, directly causes weight gain. While you may notice an increase in your weight when you start Asumate, this may go away over time. Any changes in weight are often minimal, typically less than 10 pounds.
Does Asumate Help With Acne?
While Asumate is not approved as a direct acne treatment medication, you may notice that your acne improves once you start taking birth control. This is because the medication regulates your hormones, which may lead to fewer breakouts and clearer skin.
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