This drug is basically recommended for birth control by preventing pregnancy by women who use it as a contraceptive. The famale hormones present in the patch prevent ovualtion and simultaneously make it difficult for the sperm to reach the vagina with the hardened uternine lining and causing changes in the cervical lining. It acts by the supression of gonadotropins.
How to Take Drug
The twenty-one pills present in the birth control pack of Yasmin only contain the hormones while the rest of them are just meant for reminders. A pill should be taken within the gap of twenty-four hours. It is necessary to start taking pills right from the first day of period.
There are two packs meant for Sunday starters and day one starters. At times, if there are tablets left in the birth control pack, the patient should continue over with a new one, discarding the one currently used. There should be regular diagnosis of the medication by the doctor.
The applying of Yasmin should be strictly according to the doctor's medication. It should be avoided if the patient is pregnant or has a baby as it can cause birth defects. Moreover the patient who has history of congestive heart failure, epilepsy, diabetes, depression and irregular menstrual cycles should discard this drug and adopt other birth control medications.
Continuation of smoking with application of this medication can lead to heart attacks, blood clotting and high blood pressure. In the initial stages other birth control contraceptives like spermicides and condoms should be also used.
When Yasmin is administered along with other drugs and antibiotics, antifungals, its functioning gets contradicted. Moreover it affects the results of endocrine and liver function tests. With concomitant usage of Yasmin there increased plasma concentrations like theophylline and cyclosporine.
Adverse Effects with Yasmin
The main side effects of Yasmin are excessive bleeding and irregular periods, fluid retention, thinning of hair and dark patches on skin. The mild effects of this contraceptive are headache, dizziness and nausea. The medical practitioner should be informed about such effects, immediately.
In case of missing a day's dose of Yasmin, an extra pill should be taken the next day. In case of missing two days consecutively, one pill should be taken extra for two days. But missing the pills for a period of seven days or more causes more risks of pregnancy. It also creates a delay in the starting of pack. Spotting and light bleeding will be there in the initial stages but later on periods will stop. But, then, to compensate the missed pills, taking of extra pills can cause stomachache.
Symptoms like nausea and bleeding in vagina have a chance of occurrence, due to over dosage of Yasmin. But, there has been no antidote devised to settle down its effects. Still, the patient needs emergent medical attention in such a case.
Yasmin should be stored in room temperature. Dark places should be preferred, specially the one away from moisture. It should be kept out of the reach of children.