Azurette is a combination hormone birth control pill that when taken correctly is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. Azurette contains two hormones, progestin desogestrel) and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol), that regulate your menstrual cycle.
In addition to helping prevent pregnancy, Azurette also has a number of positive side effects. It can make your periods lighter, less painful, and more regular, treat acne, and decrease your risk for ovarian cysts.
How Does Azurette Work?
Take one pill each day at the same time of day as directed by your doctor. It is important to take Azurette at the same time of day, so choose a time like right before bed or another time that you can easily remember.
Start with the first pill in the pack, and then take them in order. Do not skip doses or start a new pack late.
If you have an upset stomach, take Azurette after your evening meal.
Where Can I Get Azurette?
Azurette, along with Kariva, is the generic version of the brand name medication Mircette. It is safe and widely available in many pharmacies with a prescription from your doctor.
What Precautions Should I Take Before Taking Azurette?
Before you take Azurette, let your doctor know if you are allergic to estrogen or progestin, or if you have any other allergies.
Tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have a history of blood clots or blood clotting disorders, abnormal breast exam, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, gallbladder problems, kidney disease, liver disease, stroke, thyroid problems, or unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Azurette could affect your blood sugar if you have diabetes, so make sure to check your blood sugar regularly and share the results with your medical care provider.
Azurette could cause dark, blotchy areas on your skin known as melasma. This effect can be worsened by sunlight, so limit your exposure to the sun, use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing outdoors.
Are There Any Known Side Effects of Azurette?
There are some side effects associated with Azurette. These can include vomiting, nausea, breast tenderness, fluid retention, vomiting, or headache. Irregular periods or vaginal bleeding between periods/spotting may occur especially during the first few months you take Azurette. Let your doctor know if these symptoms persist or get worse. If you miss two periods in a row, contact your doctor for a pregnancy test.
There are also some rarer but more severe side effects. These can include mood or mental changes, unusual changes in vaginal bleeding, lumps in the breast tissue, dark urine, or yellowing eyes or skin.
Azurette can increase the risk of blood clots, so seek medical help right away if you experience symptoms including sudden dizziness or fainting, slurred speech, confusion, worsening migraines, weakness on one side of the body, vision problems, or changes in vision.
While it is rare, it is possible to have a serious allergic reaction to this drug. Get help right away if you notice symptoms of an allergic reaction, including trouble breathing, severe dizziness, rash, itching, or swelling.
Does Azurette Cause Weight Gain?
It is a myth that birth control pills cause weight gain. Don't let the fear of weight gain prevent you from taking birth control pills.
Am I Still Protected From Pregnancy When I Take The Inert Azurette Pills?
The inert pills in your pill pack do not have active ingredients. However, you are still protected from pregnancy while you are taking them as long as you take all of the active pills correctly.
What Else Do I Need to Know About Azurette?
Azurette is very effective in preventing pregnancy when it is taken correctly. However, it does not prevent you or your partner from STIs, including HIV.
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