Yasmin Side Effects, Uses & Dosage
Generic Name: Estrogen and Progestin (ess’ troe jen) (proe jes tin)
Table of Contents
- How to Take It
- Side Effects
- Warnings & Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Dosage & Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
- More Information
Yasmin (Estrogen and Progestin) is an oral contraceptives, also known as birth-control pills, used to prevent ovulation and pregnancy.
It causes changes in your cervical and uterine lining. Combinations of estrogen and progestin are effective by stopping the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) and changing the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How to Take It
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Oral contraceptives come in packets of 21 or 28 tablets to take by mouth once a day.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medicine include:
- mental depression
- quick to overreact emotionally
- quickly changing moods
- weight gain
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
- severe headache
- sudden loss of coordination
- shortness of breath
- unpleasant breath odor
- severe vomiting
- leg pain
- partial or complete vision loss
- double vision
- yellow eyes or skin
- speech problems
- unusual bleeding
Warnings & Precautions
- Let your doctor know if you are allergic to estrogen, progestin, or any other medications.
- DO NOT miss doses of Yasmin; if you do, you may not be protected from pregnancy. Use a backup method of birth control for 7 to 9 days or until the end of the cycle.
- DO NOT take Yasmin if you have circulation problems, uncontrolled high blood pressure, diabetes, problems with your kidneys or eyes, or liver disease.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking oral contraceptives if you are having any kind of surgery, including dental surgery.
- DO NOT take Yasmin if you smoke and are over the age of 35.
- Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had seizures, depression, breast lumps or cancer; or family history of cancer.
- For an overdose, seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
Before taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. This includes supplements and herbal products.
Dosage & Missed Dose
Take Yasmin exactly as prescribed by your doctor, and follow the directions on your prescription label. Take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours apart.
You may need to use back-up birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using this medication.
Be sure to get your prescription refilled before you finish a pack of pills, so you do not miss a day. When the pills run out, start a new pack the following day. You may get pregnant if you do not take one pill daily.
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses or take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (preferably not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
Do not use Yasmin if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby.
For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider, or you can visit this website, https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a601050.html for additional information from the manufacturer of this drug.
Overall Review of this Medication
Psych Central. (2016). Yasmin. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 19, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/drugs/yasmin/