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Drospirenone Oral Tablet (DROSPIRENONE - ORAL)

For birth control.

Brand Name(s): Slynd

Generic Name: Drospirenone

Instructions

You may take with food to prevent stomach upset.

This medicine will work best if you take it at about the same time every day.

Store at room temperature away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not keep in the bathroom.

If this is the first time that you are using this medicine, please speak with your doctor about when you should start this medicine.

If you are switching from a different birth control pill, start this medicine on the same day you would start your other birth control pack.

If you are using a birth control pack with 28 pills, start the first pill of a new pack on the day after the last pill of the previous pack.

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, you are allowed to take 2 doses at once. Return to your normal dosing schedule on the following day. If you miss more than one dose, ask your doctor what you should do to get back on schedule.

Ask your doctor about using an extra form of birth control if you forget any doses of your medicine.

You may have mild vaginal bleeding or spotting while on this medicine. Do not stop taking the medicine if this happens. Contact your doctor if bleeding is heavy or lasts more than a few days.

This medicine may cause dark patches to appear on your face. Avoid sunlight and use sunscreen lotion to minimize further darkening of these skin patches.

If you miss 2 or more doses in a row, contact your doctor for instructions.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

This medicine may affect your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before changing the dose of your diabetes medicine.

Vomiting or diarrhea can prevent birth control pills from working well. If you have vomiting or diarrhea, ask if you need to use an extra form of birth control (such as condoms).

Keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

This medicine can affect the potassium level in your body. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience a slow or irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness or limp feeling, leg cramps, tingling feelings, confusion, unusual thirst, or urinating more than usual.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

If you miss your period while on this medicine, contact your doctor.

Ask your doctor how to do a breast self-exam. Check monthly. Report any changes to your doctor.

Talk to your doctor about getting a complete physical exam every year while on this medicine.

Use condoms to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

This medicine passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor before breastfeeding.

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.

Do not take St. John's wort while on this medicine.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • acne
  • bloating
  • breast pain or swelling
  • headaches
  • dark patches on skin or face
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain
  • vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods
  • weight gain

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • irregular heart beat
  • breast lumps
  • depression or feeling sad
  • slow heartbeat
  • menstruation changes (missed or fewer periods)
  • mood changes
  • muscle weakness
  • dark urine
  • blurring or changes of vision
  • yellowing of eyes or skin

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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