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Kimidess is a once-daily oral contraceptive that prevents ovulation, fertilization, and implantation. A Kimidess kit contains 28 color-coded tablets with the majority of tablets consisting of the female hormones progestin and estrogen. This combination acts to stop the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation) and prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization). Kimidess does this by thickening vaginal mucus to impede the progress of sperm. Kimidess also creates changes to the lining of the uterus so that fertilized eggs can’t attach to the uterine wall. Fertilized eggs are passed out of the body if they don’t attach.
Our team at Nurx™ can prescribe Kimidess at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Azurette 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 Kimidess Used?
Kimidess contains a 28-day pill regimen that is most effective when each pill is taken at the same time each day and no more than 24 hours apart.
Kimidess is taken in the following order:
- One white tablet containing progestin (0.15) and estrogen (0.02 mg) is taken for 21 days.
- One green tablet with inert ingredients for is taken for two days.
- One yellow tablet with a low-dose estrogen (0.01 mg) is taken for five days.
During the last seven days of the regimen, you should have your period. Begin the next pack of Kimidess whether or not you have a period.
Store Kimidess in a cool, dry place that is convenient so you remember to take your medication at the same time each day.
In addition to protection from pregnancy, Kimidess can help to regulate periods, make periods lighter and less painful while reducing the risk for ovarian cysts and PID. The hormone combination in Kimidess can make it an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne. Long-term use of Kimidess shows promise in decreasing the risk of ovarian cancer.
Is Kimidess Easy to Get?
Kimidess is a prescription medication that requires a visit with your doctor. Kimidess is available at most pharmacies and may be covered by insurance. Retail cost for Kimidess is around $25 per 28-day pack. Contact your insurance provider to find out of your medication is covered by your provider. If you're not insured, contact us here at Nurx to discuss Kimidess or provide you with information about equivalent medication that fits your budget.
What Precautions Should I Take Before Using Kimidess?
Kimidess is effective medication when it is taken consistently. Be prepared to take your medication at the same time every day and allow no more than 24 hours between doses.
Women who are taking medications that may influence fluid retention may find the effect aggravated by the addition of Kimidess. Women with depression are advised to monitor their condition for changes when introducing Kimidess. For some women taking medications for liver disorders, adding Kimidess may increase the risk of jaundice./p>
Women who wear contact lenses may experience a change in vision or discomfort while wearing lenses. Diabetic women may encounter elevations in blood glucose and are advised to monitor blood sugar carefully while taking Kimidess./p>
Women undergoing treatment for Hepatitis C may find that Kimidess interferes with treatment by possibly elevating liver enzymes. Women are advised to wait until a few weeks have passed after Hep C treatment is complete before starting Kimidess./p>
Kimidess can skew lab results. If you have scheduled tests or elective surgery on the horizon, it is best to wait until procedures are complete before starting Kimidess./p>
Allergic reactions to Kimidess are rare. If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, or rash, seek medical attention./p>
Although Kimidess is an effective pregnancy preventative, it does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. As with any medication, talk to your doctor about your personal circumstances to determine if Kimidess is right for you.
Are There Any Known Side Effects?
As with the introduction of any new medication, side effects may show up. Most side effects are common and are not cause for concern. Most side effects will go away after you've taken the medication for a period of time.
Common side effects include breakthrough bleeding or spotting, fluid retention, and breast tenderness. Some women have reported changes to skin pigmentation (melasma) and are advised to use sunblock while taking Kimidess. For some, nausea and vomiting might be a factor, which can usually be remedied by taking your medication at night or with a meal.
Serious side effects are uncommon. Let your doctor know if you experience a serious reaction such as sudden dizziness, shortness of breath, or pain in the chest or jaw.
Can I Take Kimidess With Other Medications?
Yes, with caution. Kimidess can interact with some medications or may reduce the effectiveness of some meds. Kimidess may also be compromised by other medications, which can increase the risk of pregnancy.
Some anti-seizure medications combined with oral contraceptives can decrease plasma concentrations. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and St. John's wort can interact with Kimidess to reduce is effectiveness. Talk to your doctor about the medications and supplements you are taking to answer your questions about possible interactions.
Can I Buy Kimidess Online Through Nurx?
We can get Kimidess for you by special request. Talk to us here at Nurx to learn about all of your contraceptive options and how you can get started with Kimidess.
How Long Would it Take to Deliver Kimidess if I Bought it Online?
When you order from Nurx, we do our best to ship your medication to you fast and free. You can opt to have your meds delivered to your mailbox in a discreet package, or you can pick up your medication at your local pharmacy at your convenience. Special requests may take slightly longer.
Who Makes Kimidess?
Kimidess is manufactured in Canada by Patheon and distributed in the United States by Par Pharmaceutical.
Can I Breastfeed While Taking Kimidess?
It's probably best to use non-hormonal contraception while breastfeeding. Oral combination contraceptives can leach into breast milk and be passed onto the baby. Oral contraceptives may also reduce the production of breast milk. Talk to us here are Nurx to find alternative contraception that still protects you from pregnancy without affecting your baby.
Can I take Kimidess if I'm Sensitive to Estrogen?
Yes, although estrogen is still present in Kimidess. This medication contains a relatively low dose of estrogen compared to other oral contraceptives. If you experience side effects such as breast tenderness, bloating, or trouble sleeping, it may be due to your estrogen levels. Talk to your doctor or one of us our Nurx team members to discuss the minipill, a progestin-only contraceptive.
Does Kimidess Treat Acne?
It can, yes. For women with mild to moderate acne, the hormone combination in Kimidess may help clear your skin. Estrogen and progestin work to reduce the production of pore-clogging sebum to clear existing blemishes and prevent breakouts. It may take a few weeks or months of consistent use of your medication before you see significant results.
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