Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol is an oral contraceptive that contains two hormones: estrogen and progestin. Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol contains the lowest dose of estrogen and may be suitable for women who experience adverse reactions to estrogen.
Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation and interfering with fertilization of an egg.
- How Does Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol Work?
Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol is a tablet that is taken at the same time each day. A blister pack of Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol contains 24 active tablets and 4 inactive tablets, which can mean a shorter period.
Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol is more than birth control. It also helps to manage symptoms of PMDD which might include mood swings, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. The hormone combination in Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol means it's also an effective acne fighter.
For Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol to be most effective, take it at the same time every day. Choose a time that's easy for you to remember. If you miss a dose, use backup birth control for the next week or two.
- Is Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol Easy to Get?
Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol is available by prescription, so you'll need to see your doctor first. Brand names may be more expensive than generic, and generics might be covered by insurance. Check with your insurance provider to find out what your options are.
Whether you have insurance or not, we at Nurx™ provide both brand name and generic versions of Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol. Talk to us about which one is right for you.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol?
Just like any other medication, it's always a good idea to talk to your doctor about your health history to find out which birth control option is best for you. If you have a history of blood clot disorders, use caution when taking Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol. For those with diabetes, Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol may elevate blood sugar levels, so it's wise to monitor your sugar intake regularly.
If surgery is in your future, periods of confinement can increase the risk for blood clots or stroke. Let your doctor know if you have an upcoming surgery scheduled. Although allergic reactions are rare, let your doctor know right away if you experience trouble breathing, a rash or itching, or swelling of the throat or tongue.
Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol does not protect against HIV or other STDs.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
When you first start taking Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol, you might have common side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, bloating, or breast tenderness. Fluid retention or weight fluctuations have also been reported and usually lessen over time. Within the first few months of use, you might experience spotting or missed periods. Talk to your doctor if symptoms persist.
Serious side effects are not common, and only about 1 percent of Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol users report continuous spotting or sudden heavy bleeding. High potassium levels are also an uncommon side effect, and symptoms present as muscle weakness or irregular heartbeat.
- Can I Take Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol With Other Medications?
Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol can interfere with some medications and supplements, especially for Hepatitis C. Talk to your doctor about medications you're taking to make sure this medication is compatible with your meds or treatments.
- Does Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol Cause Hair Loss?
It's not likely to do so. While taking hormonal birth control can affect hair's growth and resting periods, it is more commonly experienced with implants and shots. If you have a family history of hair thinning, talk to your doctor about whether Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol will increase your chances for hair loss.
- Can Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol Treat Acne?
Yes, it can! Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol can lower androgen hormone levels (testosterone), resulting in less production of pore-clogging sebum. When pores stay clear, acne outbreaks are much less likely to happen.
- How Does Nurx Work?
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