Drospirenone, Ethinyl Estradiol, And Levomefolate (Oral Route)
Name: Drospirenone, Ethinyl Estradiol, And Levomefolate (Oral Route)
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Drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, and levomefolate combination is used to prevent pregnancy. It is a birth control pill that contains two types of hormones, ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, and when taken properly, prevents pregnancy. It works by stopping a woman's egg from fully developing each month. The egg can no longer accept a sperm and fertilization is prevented.
This medicine is also used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and acne in women at least 14 years of age. PMDD is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Patients with PMDD may have severe emotional and physical symptoms a few days before their menstrual flow starts.
This medicine also contains levomefolate, which is a form of folic acid. Folic acid is one of the B vitamins that pregnant women need to help prevent neural tube defects in a baby.
No contraceptive method is 100 percent effective. Birth control methods such as having surgery to become sterile or not having sex are more effective than birth control pills. Discuss your options for birth control with your doctor.
This medicine does not prevent AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases. It will not help as emergency contraception, such as after unprotected sexual contact.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
This product is available in the following dosage forms:
Appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, and levomefolate combination have not been performed in the pediatric population. However, pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of this medication in teenagers are not expected. This medicine may be used for birth control in teenage females but should not be used before the start of menstruation.
Other Medical Problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Abnormal or unusual vaginal bleeding or
- Adrenal disease or
- Blood disorders (e.g., hypercoagulopathy) or
- Breast cancer, active or history of or
- Diabetes with kidney, eye, nerve, or blood vessel damage or
- Heart attack, history of or
- Heart or blood vessel disease (e.g., coronary artery disease) or
- Heart rhythm problems or
- Hypertension (high blood pressure), uncontrolled or
- Kidney disease or
- Liver disease, including tumors or cancer or
- Migraine headache, new or worse or a new kind of headache or
- Problems with circulation or blood clots, now or in the past or
- Problems with heart valves or
- Stroke, history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
- Angioedema (swelling of the face, tongue, or throat), inherited or
- Chloasma gravidarum (skin disorder during pregnancy), history of or
- Cholestasis (bile problem) during pregnancy, history of or
- Depression, history of or
- Diabetes or
- Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol or fats in the blood), uncontrolled or
- Gallbladder disease or
- Hyperkalemia (high potassium in the blood) or
- Hypertension (high blood pressure), controlled—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.