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Drospirenone, Ethinyl Estradiol, Levomefolate Calcium Oral tablet
This medicine combines two types of female hormones, an estrogen and a progestin
Generic Name: Safyral
What is this medicine?DROSPIRENONE; ETHINYL ESTRADIOL; LEVOMEFOLATE (dro SPY re nown; ETH in il es tra DYE ole; lee voe ME FOE late) is an oral contraceptive (birth control pill). This medicine combines two types of female hormones, an estrogen and a progestin. This medicine also has levomefolate, a B vitamin. It is used to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. It is also used to treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), to treat acne, and to raise folate levels in women who want to use birth control.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-abnormal vaginal bleeding
-adrenal gland disease
-blood vessel disease or blood clots
-breast, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, liver, or uterine cancer
-heart disease or recent heart attack
-high blood pressure
-high potassium level
-systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
-an unusual or allergic reaction to estrogens, progestins, folates, or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth. To reduce nausea, this medicine may be taken with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine at the same time each day and in the order directed on the package. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in female children who have started having menstrual periods.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, refer to the patient information sheet you received with your medicine for direction. If you miss more than one pill, this medicine may not be as effective and you may need to use another form of birth control.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
-antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
-certain antibiotics like rifampin, rifabutin, rifapentine, and griseofulvin, and possibly penicillins or tetracyclines
-certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
-certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
-St. John's wort
This product is different from other birth control pills because it contains the progestin drospirenone. Drospirenone may increase potassium levels. Interactions with other drugs may increase the chance of an elevated potassium level. You may need blood tests to check your potassium level. Drugs that can increase the potassium level include:
-certain medicines for blood pressure or heart disease like enalapril, losartan, eplerenone
-dietary salt substitutes (these may contain potassium)
-NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Use an additional method of contraception during the first cycle that you take these tablets.
If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop taking this medicine right away and contact your doctor or health care professional.
Smoking increases the risk of getting a blood clot or having a stroke while you are taking birth control pills, especially if you are more than 35 years old. You are strongly advised not to smoke.
This medicine can make your body retain fluid, making your fingers, hands, or ankles swell. Your blood pressure can go up. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you feel you are retaining fluid.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
If you wear contact lenses and notice visual changes, or if the lenses begin to feel uncomfortable, consult your eye care specialist.
In some women, tenderness, swelling, or minor bleeding of the gums may occur. Notify your dentist if this happens. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly may help limit this. See your dentist regularly and inform your dentist of the medicines you are taking.
If you are going to have elective surgery, you may need to stop taking this medicine before the surgery. Consult your health care professional for advice.
This medicine does not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-breast tissue changes or discharge
-changes in vision
-confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
-general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
-loss of appetite
-pain, swelling, warmth in the leg
-right upper belly pain
-shortness of breath
-sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
-trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
-unusual vaginal bleeding
-yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
-brown spots on the face
-change in appetite
-change in sex drive or performance
-stomach cramps or bloating
-unusually weak or tired
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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