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Elinest is a once-daily combination oral contraceptive tablet containing the hormones progestin and estrogen. Elinest works to prevent pregnancy by preventing both ovulation and fertilization. Elinest prevents ovulation by inhibiting the release of an egg. Elinest also creates changes to the lining of the uterine wall to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching. Elinest thickens vaginal fluid to prevent sperm from penetrating an egg. Elinest may treat mild to moderate acne and over time, lessen the risk of developing ovarian cysts.
Our team at Nurx™ can prescribe Elinest at special request or can offer the generic equivalent Cryselle for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15 without insurance. To learn more about getting birth control from Nurx, click here.
- How Is Elinest Used?
Elinest comes in tablet form in a blister pack of 28 color-coded pills. The first 21 pills contain both estrogen and progestin and the remaining seven pills contain inert ingredients and are primarily there to keep you in the habit of taking a pill each day. Elinest is most effective when pills are taken in the correct order and no more than 24 hours apart. Elinest does not prevent or protect against HIV or other STIs.
- Is Elinest Easy to Get?
Elinest is available at most pharmacies with a doctor's prescription. Your insurance provider might cover part or all of the cost of Elinest, so check with your provider to see if your medication is covered.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Elinest?
While oral contraceptives are generally safe, speak with your doctor if you have a history of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, as this medication might increase your risk. Although allergic reactions are rare, seek medical attention if you experience allergy symptoms such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face or tongue.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
As with any medication, there may be a risk for minor side effects that typically dissipate over time. The most common side effects reported are nausea, vomiting, spotting, cramping, and headache. Nausea and vomiting can usually be avoided by taking your pill with a meal or at bedtime.
More serious side effects are uncommon and include changes in appetite or mood as well as severe headache and dizziness. Alert your physician if your symptoms persist or are cause for concern.
- Will Elinest Interfere With Other Medications?
If you are being treated for hepatitis C, some estrogen-based oral contraceptives may increase liver enzymes. Talk to your doctor to see if Elinest is right for you, or contact us here at Nurx to learn more about the mini-pill, a progestin-only oral contraceptive. Talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medications (acetaminophen) and supplements (St. John's Wort) you're taking, as oral contraceptives can be compromised when combined with some OTC and herbal medicines.
- Is Elinest Effective Birth Control?
Yes, it is. When used correctly and consistently, Elinest is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Like other estrogen-based oral contraceptives, Elinest can reduce the length and heaviness of your period. Elinest contains progestin, which makes it an effective acne treatment by interfering with the production of pore-clogging sebum. Be sure to give the medication two to three months of consistent use to see clearer skin and a brighter complexion.
- Is Elinest a Combination Pill?
Yes. Elinest is a monophasic contraceptive, which means each active tablet contains the same dose of both progestin and estrogen. These hormones work in combination to prevent ovulation and fertilization while clearing skin and reducing the risk of developing ovarian cysts. Elinest is optimally effective when taken consistently.
- How Does Nurx Work?
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