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Briellyn is a once-daily oral contraceptive designed to prevent pregnancy. Briellyn contains the hormone combination of estrogen and progestin and works primarily to prevent ovulation. If ovulation takes place, Briellyn further protects by creating changes in the vaginal fluid to inhibit the progress of sperm. If an egg is fertilized, Briellyn causes changes to the uterine wall to prevent fertilized eggs from attaching. Eggs that don’t attach are safely passed out of the body.
Our team at Nurx™ can prescribe Briellyn at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Balziva for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance. Talk to us about choosing an alternative medication that fits your lifestyle and budget.
- How is Briellyn Used?
Briellyn comes in a 28-day package containing 21 active and seven inactive tablets. For Briellyn to be 99% effective, each tablet should be taken at the same time every day and with no more than 24 hours between doses. Once the 21 active pills are finished, the remaining inert tablets help keep you in the habit of taking your medication and allow time for menses to take place. Some light spotting or breakthrough bleeding may occur in the first few months of use as your body adjusts to the medication. Start the next pack of Briellyn whether or not you have your period.
Briellyn may offer other benefits besides pregnancy prevention such as a reduction in period flow and pain. Briellyn also may treat some forms of acne and reduce the risk of PID and iron-deficient anemia. Long-term use of Briellyn has shown promise in reducing the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Store Briellyn in a cool, dry place to avoid compromising your medication and keep it somewhere convenient so you won't forget to take it at the same time every day.
- Is Briellyn Easy to Get?
Briellyn is a prescription medication available at most participating pharmacies. Retail prices for Briellyn range from $25-$48 for a 28-day pack. Contact your insurance provider to find out if your medication is covered by your plan, or if you might incur out-of-pocket expenses like copays. Contact our team here at Nurx to find a medication that is covered by your provider, or to help reduce your out-of-pocket costs.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Using Briellyn?
Although some medications can make conditions worse, it's wise to consult with your doctor before starting any medication to determine if it's right for you.
Women with significant hypertension are cautioned against using Briellyn since oral contraceptives may elevate blood pressure. Diabetic women run the risk of elevating blood glucose levels when taking Briellyn and are advised to monitor glucose levels closely for changes.
Briellyn can interfere with lab tests and results. If you have upcoming tests or elective surgeries, consider starting Briellyn after your procedures are complete to avoid unnecessary complications.
Allergic reactions are rare, but you should seek medical attention if you experience allergy symptoms such as rash or swelling of the face, tongue, or throat. Get medical help if you experience any other rare allergic reactions including sudden fainting or difficulty breathing.
Although Briellyn does not protect against HIV or other STIs, when used correctly and consistently, Briellyn is over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Side effects are a fairly common occurrence when taking a new medication and usually diminish with use. Most side effects are relatively harmless and show up as bloating, cramps, spotting, or a change in menstrual flow. Reported side effects of nausea and vomiting may reduce the effectiveness of Briellyn and may be alleviated by taking your medication at night, or with a meal.
Uncommon serious side effects include blood clots that can result in a heart attack or stroke. Let your doctor know about headaches that worsen, or symptoms such as fainting, confusion, left arm pain, or pain in the groin as these may indicate a serious reaction to Briellyn. Talk to your doctor about side effects that aren't going away, or that have become a concern.
- Can I Take Briellyn With Other Medications?
Introducing a new medication might interfere with existing meds or supplements, and cause a reduction in the medication's effectiveness. Briellyn can interfere with treatments and medications for Hepatitis C. Women who are undergoing treatment for Hep C are advised to wait at least two weeks following completion of treatment before starting Briellyn.
Over-the-counter medications and supplements such as acetaminophen and St. John's wort can interact with Briellyn. Prescription seizure and HIV medications might reduce levels of progestin and/or estrogen in the body and increase the risk of pregnancy. it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor about the meds and supplements you're taking to determine if Briellyn is a good match or if there is a more suitable medication for you.
- Is There a Generic Version of Briellyn?
The generic equivalent of Briellyn is called Balziva, and our team at Nurx can offer the prescription that best suits your needs.
- How Do I Get a Prescription for Briellyn Through Nurx?
Our team at Nurx can prescribe Briellyn at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Balziva for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance. Talk to us about choosing an alternative medication that fits your lifestyle and budget.
- How Long Would it Take to Deliver Briellyn if I Bought it Online?
We work to get your medication to you as soon as possible, usually within a week. Delivery is free of charge and comes discreetly packaged for your privacy. Special requests may take slightly longer. You can also opt to have your medication delivered to your local pharmacy where you can pick it up at your convenience.
- Who Makes Briellyn?
Briellyn is manufactured and packaged by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals.
- Does Briellyn Cause Weight Gain?
Yes and no. Today's oral contraceptives are developed to cause as little interference with weight as possible. Still, fluctuations in fluid retention may mimic weight gain or loss. Allow your body some time to adjust to your medication before determining if it is affecting your weight. If you still have concerns after two to three months of use, contact the team here at Nurx to discuss your options or find a suitable alternative.
- Can Briellyn Prevent Ovarian Cancer?
Maybe. While Briellyn doesn't claim to prevent ovarian cancer, it may reduce the risk of developing it. Studies show that long-term use of combination oral contraceptives has shown promise in decreasing the risk of developing ovarian cancers. The key to protection from the risk of ovarian cancer is long-term, consistent use of your medication. Short-term benefits include a reduction in the risk of ovarian cysts. Remember that Briellyn has additional benefits such as lighter, less painful periods and the reduced incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Is Briellyn an Effective Acne Treatment?
Yes, it can be. Women's ovaries and adrenal glands produce androgens, the hormones that lead to the sebum production that results in acne. When androgens are in abundance, pore-clogging sebum production is increased, leading to breakouts. The hormone combination of estrogen and progestin has shown promise in lowering androgen levels to result in less sebum production. Less sebum means pores aren't clogged and skin can begin to clear. Keep in mind that Briellyn treats mild to moderate inflammatory and non-inflammatory acne. Remember that your medication may take a few months of consistent use before you see results. If you still aren't happy with the results of Briellyn, contact us here at Nurx to discuss other combination pills with an alternative progestin that might be more effective on your acne.
- How Does Nurx Work?
Nurx is a free platform offering easy online access to doctors and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.
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