Yasmin is a combined contraceptive pill and is used to prevent pregnancy
Yasmin tablets are one the most reliable reversible methods of contraception if used correctly
Yasmin is a contraceptive pill and is used to prevent pregnancy.
Each light yellow tablet contains a small amount of two different female hormones, namely drospirenone and ethinylestradiol. Yasmin is known as a combined contraceptive pill.
Yasmin, like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted disease. Only condoms can help to do this.
Take Yasmin every day for 21 days.
Yasmin comes in strips of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week.
Take your pill at the same time every day.
Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.
Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 21pills.
Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill.
Then have seven pill-free days.
After you have taken all 21 pills in the strip, you have seven days when you take no pills. So, if you take the last pill of one pack on a Friday, you will take the first pill of your next pack on the Saturday of the following week.
Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed like a period. This bleed may not have finished when it is time to start your next strip of pills.
You don’t need to use extra contraception during these seven pill-free days – as long as you have taken your pills correctly and start the next strip of pills on time.
Start taking your next strip of Yasmin after the seven pill-free days – even if you are still bleeding.
Always start the new strip on time.
During the seven pill-free days, when you take no tablets, bleeding should begin (so-called withdrawal bleeding). This usually starts on the 2nd or 3rd day after the last tablet of Yasmin. Start the following stripafter the last day of the seven pill-free days, whether your bleeding has stopped or not.
Consult the Patient Information Leaflet for more information about how to take Yasmin.
The active substances are drospirenone and ethinylestradiol.
Each active tablet contains 0.030 milligrams ethinylestradiol and 3 milligrams drospirenone.
Other ingredients in the active tablets are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, pregelatinised maize starch, povidone K25, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), macrogol 6000, talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide yellow (E172).
Before using Yasmin, always read the information on blood clots and other possible risks and side effects in the Patient Information Leaflet.
You should not use Yasmin if you have any of the conditions listed below. There may be other forms of birth control that you can use:
if you have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel of your legs (deep vein thrombosis, DVT), your lungs (pulmonary embolus, PE) or other organs
if you know you have a disorder affecting your blood clotting – for instance, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies
if you need an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time (see section ‘Blood clots’)
if you have ever had a heart attack or stroke
if you have (or have ever had) angina pectoris (a condition that causes severe chest pain and may be a first sign of a heart attack) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA – temporary stroke symptoms)
if you have any of the following diseases that may increase your risk of a clot in the arteries:
severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
very high blood pressure
a very high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides)
a condition known as hyperhomocysteinaemia
if you have (or have ever had) a type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura’
if you have (or have ever had) liver disease and your liver function is still not normal
if your kidneys are not working well (renal failure)
if you have (or have ever had) had a tumour in the liver
if you have (or have ever had) or if you are suspected of having breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs
if you have any unexplained bleeding from the vagina
if you are allergic to ethinylestradiol or drospirenone, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. This may cause itching, rash or swelling.
Tell your doctor:
if a close relative has or has ever had breast cancer
if you have a disease of the liver or the gallbladder
if you have diabetes
if you have depression
if you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease);
if you have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS –a disorder of blood clotting causing failure of the kidneys);
if you have sickle cell anaemia (an inherited disease of the red blood cells);
if you have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a positive family history for this condition. Hypertriglyceridaemia has been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas);
if you need an operation, or you are off your feet for a long time (see Blood Clots section in the Patient Information Leaflet);;
if you have just given birth you are at an increased risk of blood clots. You should ask your doctor how soon after delivery you can start taking Yasmin;
If you have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis);
If you have varicose veins;
if you have epilepsy;
if you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE - a disease affecting your natural defence system);
if you have a disease that first appeared during pregnancy or earlier use of sex hormones (for example, hearing loss, a blood disease called porphyria, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), itching of the whole body (pruritis), skin rash with blisters during pregnancy (gestational herpes), a nerve disease causing sudden movements of the body (Sydenham’s chorea));
if you have ever had a discolouration of the skin especially on the face or neck known as “pregnancy patches” (chloasma). If so, avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light.
if you have hereditary angioedema, products containing oestrogens may cause or worsen the symptoms. You should see your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of angioedema such as swollen face, tongue and/or throat and/or difficulty swallowing or hives together with difficulty breathing.
Always tell your doctor which medicines or herbal products you are already using. For example medicines for:
epilepsy (e.g. primidone, phenytoin, barbiturates, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine)
tuberculosis (e.g. rifampicin)
HIV infections (ritonavir, nevirapine) or other infections (antibiotics such as griseofulvin,
high blood pressure in the blood vessels in the lungs (bosentan)
the herbal remedy St. John’s wort
Yasmin may influence the effect of other medicines, e.g. medicines containing ciclosporin
the anti-epileptic lamotrigine (this could lead to an increased frequency of seizures)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Yasmin contains lactose - if you cannot tolerate certain sugars, contact your doctor before you take Yasmin.
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