Alesse is a prescription oral contraceptive which is used to prevent pregnancy.
Alesse contains a combination of female hormones that prevent ovulation. It contains a combination of two different types of hormones: an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (levonorgestrel). It also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Alesse is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy.
Take Alesse exactly as it was prescribed for you. Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The last seven tablets contain no active ingredients. Breakthrough bleeding may occur, especially during the first 3 months. You may need to use back-up birth control, such as condoms or a spermicide, when you first start using Alesse. You may get pregnant if you do not use the drug regularly.
Before using Alesse, tell your doctor if you have: high blood pressure, heart disease, gallbladder disease, diabetes, irregular menstrual cycles, varicose veins, tuberculosis. Taking hormones can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially if you smoke and are older than 35. It is advisable to use condoms in addition to the drug, because Alesse does not protect against HIV, AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases.
Do not use Alesse if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have stroke or blood clot, circulation problems, severe migraine headaches, breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face or lips; weakness, problems with vision, headache, chest pain, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine. Less serious side effects may include: acne, changes in weight, changes in your menstrual periods, stomach cramps, vomiting, dizziness.
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Before using Alesse, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs: prednisolone, cyclosporine, antibiotics, barbiturate sedative, ascorbic acid, theophylline, seizure medications, HIV or AIDS medications, protease inhibitors, Selegiline. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use.
Missing a pill increases your risk of becoming pregnant. If you miss one 'active' tablet, take two pills on the day that you remember and than use as scheduled. If you forgot two 'active' tablets in first or second week of treatment, take two pills daily for two days in a row. Then as scheduled. In this case,use a back-up birth control method. If you miss two 'active' pills in a row during third week, or if you miss three pills in a row during any of the first three weeks, need to start a new pack. If you did not use three 'active' tablets during any of the first three weeks, start a new pack on the same day as if you are a First Day starter. If you skipped two or more tablets, you may not have a monthlies during this month. If you miss a period for two months in a row you might be pregnant. If you miss any 'reminder' tablets, pitch the missed tablets away and return to your schedule.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding or other menstrual changes.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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