Yasmin is a popular contraceptive known as “combination” pills because it contains two hormones that prevent ovulation from taking place.
Yasmin active ingredients are drospirenone and ethinylestradiol and the packaging consists of 28 film-coated tablets. Some of the yellow coated tablets inactive ingredients include povidone 25000NF, corn starch NF, yellow NF, titanium dioxide USP, macrogol 6000 NF and magnesium stearate NF. The white inert-film coated tablets have magnesium stearate NF, hypromellose USP, titanium dioxide USP, microcrystalline cellulose and talc USP.
- Pharmacological Action
When Yasmin is taken, it makes it difficult for the sperms to access the uterus as both the lining of the uterus and cervical mucus are affected. When this happens, it limits the chances of a fertilized egg attaching itself to the uterus.
Yasmin is primarily indicated for preventing unwanted pregnancies. It is an oral contraceptive.
- Mode of Indication, Dosage and Treatment Duration
When you buy Yasmin, it is important to follow instructions provided on the blister pack. One tablet should be taken per day preferably sticking to the same time schedules. Consult with your pharmacist if there’s anything you don’t understand. When you miss a pill, there are higher chances of you becoming pregnant. The first pill should be taken on day one of the onset of your period. In case you forget to take a pill, you can take two pills on the following day and resume taking one pill thereafter until you complete the pack.
Do not overdose as it can cause side effects such as nausea, vaginal bleeding or other symptoms that require emergency help. If you begin using Yasmin early enough during your menstrual cycle, you shall get immediate protection from pregnancy. However, if you begin your dosage late, you should use an extra conception method for 1 week before Yasmin begins to take effect.
- Yasmin Side Effects
Yasmin is commonly associated with the following side effects:
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Breast tenderness or swelling;
- Loss of scalp hair;
- Bloating and stomach cramps;
- Discharge from the nipples;
- Menstrual period variations;
- Increased hair growth;
- Darkening of the facial skin;
- Changes in weight and appetite;
- Vaginal itching or discharge;
- Decreased sex drive.
You should immediately call a doctor when you have any of the symptoms below:
- Breathing difficulties;
- Swelling of your lips, throat, face or tongue;
- Swelling in your feet, hands, and ankles;
- Insomnia and feeling weak;
- Mood changes.
Do not commence Yasmin medication if you currently have or have ever suffered from the medical conditions below.
- If you’re allergic to drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol;
- History of blood clot i.e. deep vein thrombosis in the leg or pulmonary embolus for the lungs;
- Have suffered from a heart attack or stroke;
- Severe diabetes;
- High blood pressure;
- Hepatitis C;
- Breast cancer;
- Renal failure;
- You are due for surgery;
- Liver disease;
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding;
- Pregnant women should avoid using Yasmin;
- Mothers who’ve recently given birth should wait for at least 1 month before taking Yasmin.
- Drug Interactions
Before you buy drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, share with your doctor information about prescription, non-prescription and herbal medications you are taking. Some drugs can reduce the effectiveness of Yasmin. Some of the medicines that react with Yasmin include:
- Fosamprenavir (Lexiva);
- Tamoxifen (Nolvadex, Soltamox);
- Raloxifene (Evista);
- Anastrozole (Arimidex);
- Sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol).