Yasmin is a contraceptive pill and is used to prevent pregnancy. Each tablet contains a small amount of two different female hormones, namely drospirenone and ethinylestradiol. Contraceptive pills that contain two hormones are called “combination” pills.
Indications: oral contraceptive
Side effects: emotional lability (mood swings), depression and depressive mood, migraine, nausea, breast pain, unscheduled uterine bleeding (bleeding between periods), genital tract bleeding (vaginal bleeding). Less common is decrease and loss of libido (reduced or loss of sexual drive). Rare side effects are venouse and arterial thromboembolic events. If you notice any side effects not mentioned, please inform your doctor.
Contraindications: do not take Yasmin:
- if you have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel of the leg (thrombosis), lung (pulmonary embolism) or other organs
- if you have (or have ever had) a heart at tack or a stroke
- if you have (or have ever had) a disease that can be an indicator of a heart attackin the future (for example, angina pectoris which causes severe pain in the chest) or of a stroke (for example, a passing slight stroke with no residual effects)
- if you have a disease that may increase the risk of a blood clot in the arteries
- diabetes with damaged blood vessels
- very high blood pressure
- a very high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or trigylcerides)
- if you have a disturbance of blood clotting (for example, protein C deficiency)
- if you have (or have ever had) a certain form of migraine (with so – called focal neurological symptoms)
- if you have (or have ever had) a 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) 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 (listed in section 6). This may cause itching, rash or swelling.
If anything on the above list applies to you, tell your doctor before starting to use Yasmin.
Important information: you may need to be kept under close observation of doctor if:
- you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease)
- you have syst emic lupus erythematosus (SLE – a disease affecting your natural defence system)
- you have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS – a disorder of blood clotting causing failure of the kidneys)
- you have sickle cell anaemia (an inherited disease of the red blood cells)
- you have inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- 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)
- 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
- you have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis)
- you have varicose veins
- you have diabetes
- you are overweight
- you or your close family have ever had problems with your heart, or circulation such as high blood pressure
- you or your close family have ever had problems with blood clotting
- you or someone in your close family has had a thrombosis, a heart attack or a stroke
- you suffer from migraine
- you suffer from epilepsy
- you or someone in your close family have or have had high cholesterol or triglycerides
- you or someone in your close family have or have had a breast cancer
- you have a liver or gallbladder disease
- you have an operation, or if your ability to move around is limited for a long period of time
If any of above conditions appear for the first time, come back or get worse while using the Yasmin, you should contact your doctor.
Use and dosage: take one tablet of Yasmin every day, if necessary with a small amount of water. You may take the tablets with or without food, but you should take the tablets every day around the same time. The strip contains 21 tablets. Next to each tablet is printed the day of the week that it should be taken. If, for example you start on a Wednesday, take a tablet with “WED” next to it. Follow the direction of the arrow on the strip until all 21 tablets have been taken. Then take no tablets for 7 days. In the course of these 7 tablet – free days (otherwise called a stop or gap week) bleeding should begin. This so – called “withdrawal bleeding” usually starts on the 2nd or 3rd day of the gap week. On the 8th day after the last Yasmin tablet (that is, after the 7 – day gap week), you should start with the following strip, whether your bleeding has stopped or not. This means that you should start every strip on the same day of the week and that the withdrawal bleed should occur on the same days each month. If you use Yasmin in this manner, you are also protected against pregnancy during the 7 days when you are not taking a tablet.
Missed dose: follow the below instructions if you have missed the dose
- if you are less than 12 hours late taking a tablet, the protection against pregnancy is not reduced. Take the tablet as soon as you remember and then take the following tablets again at the usual time.
- if you are more than 12 hours late taking a tablet, the protection against pregnancy may be reduced. Take the forgotten tablet as soon as you remember, even if that means that you have to take two tablets at the same time. Continue taking the tablets at the usual time. The greater the number of tablets that you have forgotten, the greater is the risk of becoming pregnant. The risk of incomplete protection against pregnancy is greatest if you forget a tablet at the beginning or at the end of the strip.
Package Contents: each box of Yasmin contains 1 blister of Yasmin with 21 light yellow, film – coated tablets. Each tablet contains 3 mg of drospirenone and 0.030 milligram of ethinylestradiol.
Active ingredient: each tablet contains drospirenone 3 mg and ethinylestradiol 0.030 mg
Manufacturer: Bayer Pharma AG, Berlin, Germany
Storage: keep Yasmin in its calender blister until used. Store at room temperature below 30°C, keep away from direct sunlight and do not refrigerate.