October 25, 2014
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Yasmin

(drospirenone - ethinyl estradiol (Yasmin))

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02261723 YASMIN 21 TABLETS
02261731 YASMIN 28 TABLETS

How does Yasmin work? What will it do for me?

Drospirenone - ethinyl estradiol is a combination medication containing to ingredients: progestin (drospirenone) and estrogen (ethinyl estradiol). It is a birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy. This medication works by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and by causing changes in the mucus of the cervix (that makes it difficult for sperm to penetrate into the uterus) and in the endometrium (that make it difficult for an egg to implant).

Drospirenone - ethinyl estradiol is also used to treat moderate acne for women over 16 years of age who also want birth control and have started menstruating.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Yasmin?

21-day pack: Take 1 tablet daily for 21 days. Take no tablets for 7 days, and then begin the next pack.

28-day pack: Take 1 tablet daily for 21 days, then take 1 "reminder" tablet daily for 7 days, and then begin the next pack.

Talk with your doctor about the best time to start your pills. The first day of your menstrual period (bleeding) is known as "Day 1." Your doctor may have you start your pills on the first Sunday after your period starts or on Day 1 or Day 5 of your period. The pills should be taken approximately the same time every day, (e.g., with a meal or at bedtime).

It is a good idea to use a second method of birth control (e.g., latex condoms, spermicidal foam or gel) for the first 7 days of the first cycle of pill use to ensure prevention of pregnancy.

Many women experience spotting or light bleeding or may feel sick to their stomach during the first 3 months of taking the pill. If you do feel sick, do not stop taking the pill. The problem will usually go away. If it does not go away, check with your doctor or clinic.

If you have vomiting or diarrhea, or if you take certain medications (such as antibiotics), your pills may not work as well. If you start a new medication while taking birth control pills, check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure that it will not reduce the effectiveness of the pills. Use a backup method of birth control, such as latex condoms and spermicidal foam or gel, until you can check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important that you take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss pills at any time, the risk of becoming pregnant increases.

If you miss one pill, take it as soon as you remember, and take the next pill at the usual time. This means that you might take 2 pills in one day.

If you miss 2 pills in a row during the first 2 weeks of your cycle, take 2 pills on the day you remember and 2 pills the next day. Then take one pill a day until you finish the pack. Use a second method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the pills.

If you start your pills on Sunday and you miss 2 pills in a row during the third week of your cycle or 3 or more pills in a row anytime in your cycle, keep taking one pill a day until Sunday. On Sunday, safely discard the rest of the pack and start a new pack that day. Use another method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the pills. You may not have a period this month. If you miss 2 periods in a row, call your doctor or clinic.

If you start your pills on a day other than a Sunday and you miss 2 pills in a row during the third week of your cycle or 3 or more pills at anytime during your cycle, safely dispose of the rest of the pill pack and start a new pack that same day. You may not have a period this month. If you miss 2 periods in a row, call your doctor or clinic. Use another method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the pills. You may not have a period this month. If you miss 2 periods in a row, call your doctor or clinic.

If you are taking the 28-day pack and miss any of the white pills in week 4, safely dispose of the pills you missed and keep taking one pill each day until the pack is empty. Begin a new pack as you would normally.

See the package insert for additional information on where to start and what to do if you forget to take a pill.

Store this medication at room temperature in its original packaging and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Yasmin come in?

YASMIN 21 ®
Each hormone-containing yellow, round, film-coated tablet contains 3.0 mg drospirenone and 0.030 mg ethinyl estradiol. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, modified starch, polyethylene glycol, povidone, talc, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.

YASMIN 28 ®
Each hormone-containing yellow, round, film-coated tablet contains 3.0 mg drospirenone and 0.030 mg ethinyl estradiol. The white tablets are hormone-free. Nonmedicinal ingredients for both hormone-containing and hormone-free tablets: cornstarch, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, povidone, talc, and titanium dioxide; hormone-containing tablets also contain the following nonmedicinal ingredients: modified starch, polyethylene glycol, and yellow ferric oxide.

Who should NOT take Yasmin?

This medication should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is or may be pregnant
  • has active liver disease
  • has any eye damage resulting from vascular (blood vessel) disease of the eye, such as partial or complete loss of vision or defect in visual fields
  • has conditions that increase the risk of high potassium (such as diseases of the kidney, liver, or adrenal glands)
  • has had a heart attack
  • has had jaundice (yellowing of skin) with pregnancy or with prior pill use
  • has, has had, or may have an endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus lining) or another type of tumour that needs estrogen to grow
  • has, has had, or may have breast cancer
  • has heart valve disease with complications
  • has or has had benign or malignant liver tumours
  • has or has had cerebrovascular disorders (e.g., stroke) or a condition that may be the first sign of a stroke (such as a transient ischemic attack or small reversible stroke)
  • has or has had coronary artery disease (e.g., angina)
  • has or has had migraines with aura
  • has or has had pancreatitis associated with extremely high triglyceride levels
  • has or has had thrombophlebitis or thromboembolic (blood clotting) disorders
  • has reduced kidney function
  • has reduced liver function
  • has problems with the adrenal gland
  • has severe or multiple risk factors for blood clots:
    • diabetes with blood vessel involvement
    • heavy smoking (more than 15 cigarettes per day) and over age 35
    • inherited or acquired blood clotting disorders
    • major surgery associated with an increased risk of blood clots after surgery
    • prolonged bed rest
    • severe high blood pressure
    • severe high cholesterol
  • has undiagnosed abnormal vaginal bleeding

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