Yasmin is a contraceptive medication using drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol to prevent women from ovulating. It also affects the lining of the uterus and cervix to prevent sperm from reaching an egg.
Do not take this drug if you are, or recently have been pregnant.
Do not take if you have high blood pressure, clotting issues and heart diseases. Circulation issues and migraines can also interact with Yasmin.
Do not take it if you have had heart attacks, strokes or epilepsy. Smoking when you are over the age of 35 can also cause problems when taking Yasmin.
When you first get on a course of Yasmin, or if you happen to miss a dose of the drug, you need to have backup contraceptive methods readily available.
There are certain medications like antibiotics and AIDS medication that can lead to Yasmin being less effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy.
If you have untreated pressure problems, heart disease, blood clotting issues, eye and kidney problems, hormone related cancer, unusual bleeding, jaundice, migraines, pressure, obesity, depression and thyroid issues, make sure your doctor knows before you take Yasmin.
Yasmin should be taken exactly as you have been told to in your prescription. Never take it in bigger or smaller doses than you have been told to.
Your first dose of Yasmin is usually taken on the first day of your menstrual period, or on the first Sunday after it has begun.
Remember to use backup birth control methods when you first get on a course of Yasmin. Barrier methods are preferable (condoms, for example).
The usual dosage of Yasmin is a single pill at the same time every day. The order of doses is specified on the packaging.
The pill should be taken at bedtime, after supper, with water. However, mealtimes do not affect the effectiveness of Yasmin.
Do not let the pills run out. Refill your prescription before this happens. Missing a single dose can result in pregnancy.
There are 21 yellow pills and 7 white ones in the pack of Yasmin tablets. The yellow pills are active, with hormones in them, while the white ones are reminders.
The reminders allow the body to continue with its regular menstrual cycle without any issues. During the first trimester of using Yasmin, you may experience some bleeding.
This is normal, but if you notice it getting too heavy, or if it lasts for a long time, tell your doctor immediately.
Missed doses and overdose
Missing a dose increases the chances of becoming pregnant. If you miss a pill, take two the next day. If you miss 2 in the first 2 weeks, take two pills per day on 2 consecutive days.
Missing a reminder dosage has no effect on your overall risk of pregnancy. Continue with normal dosage the next day.
If you overdose on Yasmin, and experience nausea, vomiting and bleeding, call your local poison hotline and emergency medical services immediately.
Common side effects include:
Nausea with vomiting
Headaches and mood swings
Menstrual cycle changes
More severe side effects include:
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects.
Do not take Yasmin if you have an allergic reaction to it.
Stop taking it if you are taking other birth control pills at the same time.