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Larissia is a contraceptive tablet taken by mouth at the same time every day to prevent pregnancy. Larissia is a combination of the hormones progestin and estrogen, which work together to prevent ovulation and fertilization. This hormone combination also serves to treat acne and can treat endometriosis.
Our team at Nurx can prescribe Larissia at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Lutera 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 Does Larissia Work?
Larissia works by preventing monthly ovulation and by interfering with the fertilization of an egg. When taken at the same time each day, Larissia is a safe and effective method of birth control. Larissia comes in a pack of 28 tablets, of which 21 are active and seven are inactive. The inactive pills are designed to keep you in the habit of taking a pill at the same time every day. Use backup birth control if you are late taking your medication or if you miss a dose of Larissia.
- Is Larissia Easy to Get?
Larissia is available, but you'll need a doctor's prescription. Contact your insurance provider to see if your medication is covered.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Larissia?
For almost all women, Larissia is a safe and effective method of hormonal birth control. When taking any medication, it's smart to speak to your doctor to make sure Larissia is right for you. Talk to your doctor about any history of blot clots or heart disease. If you experience headaches or migraine, Larissia might not be your best option, and your doctor can suggest alternatives.
Larissia can raise blood pressure, especially if you have uncontrolled hypertension. If you have diabetes, be sure to monitor your blood sugar levels and alert your doctor to any changes.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Side effects are pretty common when starting Larissia and should lessen with consistent use. Women who do experience side effects have reported nausea and vomiting, headache, bloating, and breast tenderness. Fluid retention and weight fluctuations are also common. It's also not unusual to see spotting during the first few months as your body adjusts.
Since vomiting and diarrhea can interfere with how well Larissia works, you may want to alleviate an upset stomach by taking Larissia with a meal or in the evening.
While some side effects are serious, they are usually rare and experienced by less than 1 percent of users. Serious side effects have been reported as lumps in the breast, mood changes, or severe abdominal pain.
Larissia comes with benefits like preventing ectopic pregnancy and decreasing incidences of ovarian cancer with long-term use.
- Can I Take Larissia With Other Medications?
Generally, you can. Larissia can interfere with the effectiveness of some medications and supplements or be compromised by other medications. Talk to your doctor if you are taking anti-HIV protease inhibitors, anticonvulsants, or certain antibiotics. It's a good idea to tell your doctor about the medications and supplements you're taking to explore all your contraceptive options and reduce your risk for interactions.
- Is It Safe to Breastfeed While Taking Larissia?
While there aren't a lot of adverse effects reported by nursing mothers taking Larissia, it's still a safe bet to assume that some medication can end up in breast milk. Also, the hormone combination in Larissia may reduce milk production. Consider other birth control options available to nursing mothers.
- Will Larissia Cause Me to Gain Weight?
The great news is that studies consistently show that today's hormonal birth control rarely contributes to weight gain. Sometimes fluid retention is a side-effect and may be attributed to fluctuations in weight. Give your body some time to adjust before making choices about Larissia.
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