Zarah is a combination-type birth control pill that avoids pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg. The pill also thickens the vaginal fluids to prevent fertilization. Zarah does much more than prevent pregnancy. It can also help regulate your periods, make them less painful, and decrease your occurrence of ovarian cysts. Our team at Nurx can prescribe Zarah at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Drospirenone-Ethinyl Estradiol 3/.03 for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $20 without insurance.
- How Does Zarah Work?
Zarah is an oral medication that you take at the same time each day. For the first 21 days, you will take the blue pills that contain the active hormones. For the last seven days, you will switch to the inactive peach pills which are meant to be a reminder. It is important to take Zarah at the same time every day. Choose a time of day that is easiest for you to remember.
- Is Zarah Easy to Get?
Yes! Zarah works in a common way to prevent pregnancy meaning it is a popular birth control choice. You can get Zarah at most pharmacies including right here at Nurx™. While you will need a prescription to get Zarah, our Nurx™ healthcare professionals can help you by connecting you with a healthcare professional that is licensed in your home state. Then, we will conveniently and discreetly ship your birth control to your front door.
At Nurx™, we also work with most insurance providers to get you the medications you need at an affordable price. No insurance? One of our Nurx™ healthcare professionals will be happy to help you choose a generic that fits in your budget.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Zarah?
Although rare, an allergic reaction to Zarah is possible. Symptoms of an allergic reaction might include facial swelling, rash, itchiness, and difficulty breathing. Zarah may also increase your blood sugar or blood pressure levels. Diabetics and those with a history of high blood pressure may need additional readings when taking Zarah.
The best way to avoid an allergic reaction is to discuss your health history with your doctor or a Nurx™ healthcare professional before taking any new medication, including Zarah.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects of Zarah?
Every prescription medication carries a risk of side effects, including Zarah. The majority of women who do experience side effects will have mild symptoms. These might include tender breasts, nausea, fluid retention, and weight changes. Fortunately, many of these side effects will go away as the body adjusts to the hormones.
More serious side effects, although extremely rare, are possible. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience blood clots, severe migraines, dizziness, or vision changes. Although hearing about potential side effects can be scary, it is important to note that many women actually will notice positive effects including lighter and less painful of periods and fewer ovarian cysts.
- Can I Take Other Medications With Zarah?
Zarah is generally safe to take with most medications and supplements. However, you should always provide your doctor or Nurx™ healthcare professional with a complete list of your medications. Some medications including aromatase inhibitors and chronic Hepatitis C medications may interact with Zarah. Other medications like St. John's wort, HIV drugs, and some sleep disorder drugs may interfere with Zarah's ability to prevent pregnancy.
Zarah may also increase your potassium blood levels meaning it is important to discuss your use of any other medications that do the same with your doctor.
- Does Zarah Cause Irregular Bleeding?
Irregular bleeding (spotting) may occur as your body gets used to Zarah. Over time, however, your body should adjust and your periods should become more regular.
- Does Zarah Cause Weight Gain?
The idea that birth control causes weight gain is actually a common misconception. While an increase in water retention may occur when you first begin taking Zarah, this should go away within a couple of months.
- How Does Nurx™ Work?
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