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Deblitane is an oral contraceptive that contains only progestin and no estrogen. These oral contraceptives are commonly called POP (progestin-only pills) or the mini pill. The mini pill works to interfere with fertilization by thickening vaginal fluid and preventing attachment of an egg. Deblitane changes the lining of the uterus to make it more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach. Deblitane stops the release of an egg (ovulation) approximately 50% of the time. Our team at Nurx can prescribe Deblitane at special request, or can offer the generic equivalent Errin for as low as $0 with insurance or as little as $15 without insurance.
- How Is Deblitane Used?
Deblitane is taken by mouth at the same time every day. Deblitane comes in a blister pack of 28 pills that contain the active ingredient Norethindrone, the progestin that prevents ovulation and pregnancy. There is no break before starting a new pack when the previous pack is finished.
- Is Deblitane Easy to Get?
Deblitane is available by prescription, so you'll need to see your doctor before starting this medication. Check with your insurance provider to see if your medication is covered, or partially covered, by insurance.
- What Precautions Should I Take Before Starting Deblitane?
If you are diabetic, you may experience fluctuations in blood sugar. Women with diabetes are advised to test their blood sugar regularly while taking the mini pill. Surgery or confinement for periods of time (such as plane travel) might increase the risk of developing blood clots. Let your doctor know if you have surgery scheduled or if you'll be traveling for a long time before starting Deblitane.
Although allergic reactions are rare, seek medical attention if you have any reactions like a rash, swelling, or if you have trouble breathing or onset of dizziness. Deblitane does not protect against STDs.
- Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Some side effects are fairly common when taking oral contraceptives. Some women report nausea or vomiting, bloating, tender breasts, and fluid retention. Spotting or missed periods are less likely effects and usually dissipate after taking the medication for a few weeks.
Serious side effects are uncommon but can occur. Mood changes or worsening depression, lumps in the breast, or heavy, sudden bleeding have been reported. Talk to your doctor if you experience dark urine, yellowed skin, or unusual headaches.
- Is Deblitane Effective When Combined With Other Medications?
Because the mini pill contains no estrogen, it can be less effective at preventing pregnancy. Deblitane stops ovulation about half the time, so it is important to take your medication at the same time and not skip any doses. With proper use, Deblitane's failure rate is a low .5%. Deblitane may not mix well with anti-seizure drugs or drugs that treat HIV, and its effectiveness can be compromised. Talk to your doctor about medications and supplements you're taking to make sure the mini pill is right for you.
- Is the Mini Pill as Effective as the Combination Pill?
When used correctly, the mini pill has a low failure rate of .5% in the first year of use. Taking each tablet no more than 24 hours apart is important to how well the medication protects you. If you miss more than two doses, consider backup birth control for the remainder of your cycle. Mini pills are ideal for women with sensitivities or allergies to estrogen.
- Will Deblitane Stop My Period?
Not usually. When you first start Deblitane, your body might go through an adjustment phase while it adapts to your medication. Overall, you might experience lighter or shorter periods. Since Deblitane does not contain placebo pills, your period will occur while you are taking active pills. It's important to keep taking your medication at the same time each day so you're fully protected.
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