This medicine contains two active ingredients, 0.03 mg of ethinylestradiol (estrogen) and 3 mg of drospirenone (progestin). These ingredients are female hormones. Ethinylestradiol and drospirenone, when combined together, are also known as combined hormonal contraceptive. This medicine is prescribed for the prevention of pregnancy.
Is Yasmin suitable for me?
Yasmin is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to ethinylestradiol, drospirenone or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have or have ever had thrombosis, deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism
- if you have a blood clotting disorder
- if you are planning operation or if you are off your feet for a long time
- if you have or recently have had a heart attack, stroke or angina
- if you have severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
- if you have high blood pressure
- if you have high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides)
- if you have hyperhomocysteinaemia
- if you have (or have ever had) liver disease or a tumor of the liver
- if you have kidney problems
- if you have (or have ever had) cancer or suspected cancer of the breast or genital organs
- if you have any unexplained bleeding from the vagina
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have kidney, heart or liver problems
- have risk of getting an estrogen-sensitive cancer
- have high blood pressure
- have a liver or gallbladder disorder
- have diabetes
- have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
- have sickle cell anemia
- suffer from migraine or severe headaches
- have epilepsy
- have asthma
- have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- have an inflammation in the veins under the skin
- have Systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE, an autoimmune disorder
- have hereditary angioedema
- are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding
Yasmin interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Yasmin?
This medicine is available in form of a film-coated tablet.
You should take Yasmin exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- The usual dose prescribed is one tablet a day for 21 days. The following 7 days you will not take the tablet. Start the next strip of pills on time.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Yasmin side effects?
Like all medicines Yasmin can cause side effects, including:
- headache, migraine
- breast pain, breast tenderness
- menstrual disorders
- bleeding between periods
- vaginal discharge, vaginal yeast infection
- breast enlargement
- changed interest in sex
- high blood pressure, low blood pressure
- vomiting, diarrhea
- acne, severe itching
- skin rash
- hair loss
- vaginal infection
- fluid retention
- weight changes
- hearing impairment
- breast secretion
- allergic reactions
- erythema nodosum (painful reddish skin nodules)
- erythema multiforme (rash with target-shaped reddening or sores)
- harmful blood clots in a vein or artery
- heart attack
- ischemic attack (TIA)
- blood clots in the liver, stomach/intestine, kidneys or eye
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.