Yasmin is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to treat moderate acne in women who are at least 14 years old and have started having menstrual periods, and who wish to use birth control pills to prevent pregnancy.
Dosage and direction
Start treatment on the very first day of your menstrual cycle and then take one pill daily. If you missed a daily dose take taking two pills as a single dose. Risk of your pregnancy increases if you miss more than one dose. Do not take other contraceptive pill concomitantly with Yasmin to avoid serious hormonal imbalance. Each pill contains 3.0 mg of drospirenone and 0.030 mg of ethinyl estradiol, while 7 'inactive' pills do not contain the hormones.
Mechanism of action
Yasmin prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and also cause changes in your cervical and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
If you missed a pill risk of becoming pregnant increases. If you forgot to take one 'active' pill, take two pills as soon as you remember then return to your schedule. If you miss two 'active' pills in a row in first or second week of treatment, take two pills a day for two days in a row. Then return to your schedule. Use birth control test during seven days if such a 'mistake' occurred. 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, you need to start a new pack of pills as if you are a First Day starter.
If you did not take three 'active' pills in a row 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 intake of two or more pills, 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 pills, throw the missed pills away and return to your schedule.
Signs of overdose include nausea and vomiting, vaginal bleeding, increased level of blood potassium. If you suspect overdose contact your health care provider the soonest or seek immediate medical attention.
Store this drug at room temperature away from the sources of heat and light.
Do not take Yasmin if you are allergic to drospirenone or ethinyl estradiol, or if you have:
- uncontrolled high blood pressure, migraine headaches, or a heart valve disorder;
- a history of stroke, blood clot, or circulation problems of diabetes;
- kidney or liver disease;
- adrenal gland disorder;
- unusual vaginal bleeding;
- any type of breast, uterine, or hormone-dependent cancer; or
- a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills.
Before using Yasmin, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions.
- high blood pressure or heart disease;
- high cholesterol or if you are overweight;
- liver cancer;
- gallbladder disease;
- seizures or epilepsy; or
- a history of depression, irregular menstrual cycles, or history of breast or uterine cancer.