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Gildagia is a prescription medication designed to stop ovulation and prevent pregnancy. Gildagia comes in tablet form packed in a one-month supply of 21 color-coded tablets. This oral contraceptive contains the two female hormones, estrogen and progestin — a combination that works primarily to stop the release of an egg (ovulation) while it creates changes to the body if an egg is released. If ovulation takes place, Gildagia creates changes to vaginal mucus to prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization) and changes the lining of the uterus to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall (implantation).
Our team at Nurx™ can prescribe Gildagia at special request or can offer the generic equivalent Balziva for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance. To learn more about getting birth control from Nurx, click here.
- How Is Gildagia Used?
Gildagia comes packaged in a one-month supply of color-coded tablets. You take the first 21 tablets at the same time every day to keep the hormones in your system to prevent pregnancy. After 21 days, you take the next seven differently colored pills until it's time to start the next pack. The last seven pills contain inert ingredients and are a placebo that keeps you in the habit of taking your medication every day. You should have your period while taking the placebo, but you should start the next pack whether or not you have your period.
Gildagia does more than prevent pregnancy. The hormone combination in Gildagia can be an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne, and short-term use has shown a reduction in instances of iron-deficiency anemia and the development of ovarian cysts. Long-term use of Gildagia may reduce instances of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and protect against the development of ovarian cancer.
Store Gildagia in a cool, dry place that is convenient so you'll remember to take your medication every day. While Gildagia is a highly effective birth control, it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
- Is Gildagia Easy to Get?
Since Gildagia is a prescription medication, you'll need a doctor's approval to get it. Gildagia is available at most pharmacies and retails for around $25 for a one-month supply. Gildagia may be covered by your insurance; check your plan to see if your medication is covered in full or in part. Contact our team here at Nurx to learn more about pricing for Gildagia and the alternatives for this or other oral contraceptives.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Using Gildagia?
As with most medications, knowing how it will react with the meds you're already taking or treatments you're undergoing protects you from experiencing decreases in the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.
Women over 35 who smoke are at increased risk of heart attack if they continue to smoke while using oral contraceptives. Due to increased risk for complications with the use of oral contraceptives, women with significant hypertension or a history of stroke or blood clots are advised to talk with their Nurx provider about whether Gildagia is the right contraception for them.
Women who wear contact lenses may experience discomfort while wearing lenses or changes in vision. Women who wear lenses may want to speak with their vision specialist about Gildagia and its compatibility with their contact lenses.
Since oral contraceptives can interfere with lab testing and results, women are advised to complete treatments or elective surgeries before starting Gildagia. Women who are undergoing treatment for hepatitis C should wait until their treatment is complete before starting Gildagia since oral contraceptives can elevate liver enzymes.
Although allergic reactions to Gildagia are rare, they can occur. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, or if you develop a rash.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Medications sometimes cause reactions, especially when you first start taking them. While your body is adapting to your meds, you may experience common side effects like bloating, headache, fluid retention, or nausea. Most side effects go away on their own, but you should speak to our medical team at Nurx if symptoms persist or become a concern for you.
Some side effects may be avoided by altering when you take your pill. Nausea and vomiting can be alleviated by taking your pill before bed or with a meal.
Serious side effects happen much less often and show up as severe abdominal pain, unusual changes to vaginal bleeding, or yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice). Let your Nurx or local health care provider know if you experience unusual side effects.
- Can I Take Gildagia With Other Medications?
Gildagia contains female hormones that can interact with other medications to make them less effective. At the same time, some medications may degrade Gildagia and reduce its effectiveness, which can increase your risk of pregnancy.
Medications that may interfere with Gildagia are certain seizure meds as well as meds that treat breast cancer and hepatitis C. Over-the-counter and herbal supplements can also interact with Gildagia, especially St. John's wort. Tell your Nurx medical provider about medications or supplements you're taking to be sure Gildagia is compatible with your meds or supplements.
- Can I Buy Gildagia Online Through Nurx?
We can get Gildagia for you by special request. Contact us to learn more about starting Gildagia or to discuss your oral contraceptive alternatives.
- How Long Would it Take to Deliver Gildagia if I Bought it Online?
We ship your medication for free and usually get it to you within a week. Your medication arrives discreetly in your mailbox, or you can choose to pick up your medication at your local pharmacy. Special requests may take a little longer.
- Who Makes Gildagia?
Gildagia is manufactured by Patheon, Inc.
- Is Gildagia an Effective Acne Treatment?
Yes, it is. Gildagia contains progestin and estrogen, a hormone combination that works to decrease the production of pore-clogging sebum and clear up skin. Gildagia is effective on most types of mild to moderate acne and your results may vary. It's important to give your medication some time to work before seeing results. Typically, you should see improved skin appearance within three months of consistent use. For best results, take your meds at the same time each day and do your best not to miss any doses.
- Does Gildagia Protect Against Ovarian Cancer?
It can. Studies have determined that oral contraceptives like Gildagia can protect against some ovarian cancers. Protection increases with long-term use, and women using combination oral contraceptives for six or more years saw a 60% decrease in the development of ovarian cancers. However, if ovarian cancer runs in your family, know that Gildagia has not been proven to protect against hereditary ovarian cancers.
- How Effective Is Gildagia?
It's very effective at preventing pregnancy — up to 99% with perfect use. Perfect use means you take the medication every day at the same time and you never miss a dose. If you should miss a dose, take your pill as soon as you remember. Speak to a Nurx medical provider if you miss more than one dose or if you are consistently late taking your medication to learn more about how to protect yourself. Keep pills safe and effective by storing them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and out of the reach of children.
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