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Seasonique is a birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy.
How does this medication work?
Seasonique delivers hormones to block ovulation. If ovulation does not occur, your egg is not released, thereby preventing you from becoming pregnant.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: When Seasonique is taken correctly without missing any pills, the chance of becoming pregnant is approximately 1 to 3 in 100 women per year.
When: It may take 7 days for the pills to take effect in preventing pregnancy and you should therefore use another method of birth control as a back-up method during this time.
How do I know it is working?
If you are taking the pill as directed by your healthcare provider and not missing any doses, you should be protected from becoming pregnant.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious heart-related side effects from use of birth control pills. This risk increases with age and the number of cigarettes you smoke. Do not smoke while you are taking birth control pills.
More common side effects may include: spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods, nausea, breast tenderness, headache, weight gain, acne (pimples).
Less common side effects may include:
Blood clots are one of the most serious side effects of taking birth control pills. Blood clots can occur in your legs, lungs, or eyes. Call your healthcare provider right away if you experience sharp chest pain, coughing up blood, sudden shortness of breath, pain in your calf, or sudden partial or complete loss of vision, as these may be signs of a possible blood clot.
Birth control pills may increase your risk of developing a stroke, angina (chest pain), or a heart attack. Smoking greatly increases the possibility of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Call your healthcare provider right away if you develop crushing chest pain or heaviness in your chest, sudden severe headache or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, changes in your vision or speech, weakness, or numbness in an arm or leg, as these may be signs of a possible heart attack or stroke.
Birth control pills increase your risk of developing gallbladder disease.
Birth control pills can cause noncancerous but dangerous liver tumors. These tumors can rupture and cause life-threatening internal bleeding. Call your healthcare provider right away if you experience severe pain or tenderness in your stomach area, or yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, often accompanied by fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, or light-colored bowel movements, as these may be signs of a possibly ruptured liver tumor or other liver problems.
Birth control pills can slightly increase your chance of developing breast cancer. You should have regular breast examinations by your healthcare provider and examine your own breasts monthly. Call your healthcare provider right away if you feel a lump when you are examining your breasts. Tell your healthcare provider if you have a family history of breast cancer. Irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting may occur while you are taking the pills. Irregular bleeding may vary from slight spotting between menstrual periods to breakthrough bleeding, which is a flow much like a regular period. Irregular bleeding occurs most often during the first few months of taking the pills, but may also occur after you have been taking the pill for some time. Such bleeding may be temporary and usually does not indicate any serious problems. It is important to continue taking your pills on schedule. Tell your healthcare provider if the bleeding is heavy or if spotting occurs for more than 7 days in a row.
There may be times when you may not have regular menstrual periods after you have completed taking a cycle of pills. If you have taken your pills regularly and miss one menstrual period, you may be pregnant. If you have missed your period, notify your healthcare provider.
Birth control pills can increase your blood pressure.
Do not take Seasonique if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Seasonique if you have a history of heart attack or stroke; heart disease; blood clots in your legs, lungs, or eyes; breast cancer or cancer of the lining of the uterus, cervix, or vagina; unexplained vaginal bleeding (until a diagnosis is reached by your healthcare provider); liver tumors or active liver disease; high blood pressure uncontrolled by medication; diabetes with kidney, eye, nerve, or blood vessel damage; or certain types of headaches.
Do not take Seasonique if you are or think you may be pregnant.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Seasonique. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had any of the health conditions listed above. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have or have had breast cancer; diabetes; high cholesterol or triglyceride (fats in your blood) levels; high blood pressure; migraines or other headaches; seizures; depression; gallbladder, liver, or heart disease; irregular menstrual periods; hereditary angioedema (a very rare genetic condition that causes swelling of various parts of the body, including the hands, feet, face, and airway, as well as abdominal [stomach area] cramping); chloasma (tan or dark skin discoloration); or are planning to have surgery.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Women and adolescents who have had their first menstrual period: There are 84 light blue-green pills and 7 yellow pills in the pill pack.
Sunday Start: Take the first light blue-green pill on the Sunday after your period begins, even if you are still bleeding. If your period begins on Sunday, start the first light blue-green pill that same day. Take one light blue-green pill for 84 days, followed by one yellow pill for 7 days. After all 91 pills have been taken, start a new course the next day (Sunday).
Before you start taking Seasonique, be sure to read the directions. Take one pill at the same time every day until the pack is empty.
Use another method of birth control (such as condoms or spermicides) as a back-up method if you have sex any time from the Sunday you start your first light blue-green pill until the next Sunday (first 7 days).
When you finish a pack, start the next pack on the day after your last yellow pill. Do not wait any days between packs. If you are switching from another brand of pills, start Seasonique on the same day that a new pack of the previous pills should have been started. If you are switching from another birth control method, talk to your healthcare provider about what you should do.
If you have vomiting or diarrhea after you take Seasonique, it may not work as well. Use another birth control method (such as condoms or a spermicide) until you check with your healthcare provider.
Do not smoke cigarettes while you are taking Seasonique.
Do not skip pills, even if you are spotting or bleeding between monthly periods, feel sick to your stomach (nausea), or if you do not have sex very often.
If Seasonique is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Seasonique may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
Do not take Seasonique if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Seasonique can be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss one light blue-green pill, take it as soon as you remember. Take the next pill at your regular time. This means you can take two pills in the same day. You do not need a back-up birth control method if you have sex.
If you miss two pills or more, consult the patient information that accompanied your prescription or call your healthcare provider or pharmacist for advice.
If you miss any of the 7 yellow pills, throw away the missed pills. Keep taking the scheduled pills until the pack is finished. You do not need a back-up method of birth control.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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