||Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel
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This medication is used to prevent pregnancy. This medication is a combination of two types of hormones (levonorgestrel, a progestin and ethinyl estradiol, an estrogen). Besides preventing pregnancy, similar birth control pills have been shown to decrease anemia, painful periods (dysmenorrhea), ovarian cysts, the number of episodes of pelvic inflammatory disease, and decrease the occurrence of certain cancers (uterine, ovarian). Using this medication does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., HIV, gonorrhea).
|Seasonale 0.15 mg (3 months) - 91 Tabs
|Seasonale 0.15 mg (6 months) - 182 Tabs
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Seasonale Directions To Use
• Take Seasonale exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
• The extended-cycle form of Seasonale involves a 91-day treatment cycle resulting in 4 menstrual periods per year (which occurs when you are taking the 7 white pills).
• An increase in bleeding or spotting between periods (compared to taking a standard 21- or 28-day birth control pill cycle) is expected to occur. During the first cycle of pills, about 1 in 3 women may have 20 or more days of unplanned bleeding or spotting. This tends to decrease during later cycles. Treatment with Seasonale should not be stopped due to spotting or bleeding. If the spotting continues for more than 7 consecutive days or if the bleeding is heavy, contact your healthcare provider.
• Take the first pill in a package on the first Sunday after your period begins, even if you are still bleeding. If your period starts on Sunday, take the first pill that day. Use another form of birth control anytime you have sex for the first 7 days you take the pills.
• Take one pill every day at the same time, no more than 24 hours after the last dose. Try to take the pills at a time that you will remember every day--for example just before bed, with a meal, or first thing in the morning. Taking the pill at night may help to reduce nausea or headache, which may be side effects.
• Your period should occur during the 7 days you are taking the white pills (these pills are inactive and do not contain hormones). If it doesn't, have a pregnancy test before beginning a new package of pills.
• After taking the last white pill from a pack, start a new pack the very next day. Do not skip any days.
• Follow your doctor's instructions about using a second form of birth control when you first start taking ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel, when you are taking antibiotics or other medications, or if you miss a pill. If you are unsure what to do in any of these cases, talk to your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor about how to ensure that you will not become pregnant.
• Store Seasonale at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Seasonale Warnings and Side Effects
If you are breastfeeding, consult your healthcare provider before starting oral contraceptives. Some of the drug will be passed on to the child in the milk.
Seasonale may cause your blood pressure to rise. A spotty darkening of the skin is possible, particularly of the face. Other, less serious side effects you may experience include nausea and vomiting, change in appetite, breast tenderness, headache, nervousness, depression, dizziness, loss of scalp hair, rash, vaginal infections, and allergic reactions.
Seasonale Missed Dose
If you miss pills you could get pregnant. This includes starting the pack late. The more pills you miss, the more likely you are to get pregnant. Try not to exceed 24 hours between pills.
Store at controlled room temperature 20°-25° C (68°-77° F). Keep out of the reach of children.
Overdosage may cause nausea and withdrawal bleeding in females. In case of overdosage, contact your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Seasonale More Information
Your healthcare provider will take a medical and family history before prescribing oral contraceptives and will examine you. You should be reexamined at least once a year.
This drug information is for your information purposes only, it is not intended that this information covers all uses, directions, drug interactions, precautions, or adverse effects of your medication. This is only general information, and should not be relied on for any purpose. It should not be construed as containing specific instructions for any particular patient. We disclaim all responsibility for the accuracy and reliability of this information, and/or any consequences arising from the use of this information, including damage or adverse consequences to persons or property, however such damages or consequences arise. No warranty, either expressed or implied, is made in regards to this information.