This medicine contains two active ingredients, 0.02 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 Yaz suitable for me?
Yaz 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 depression
- have just given birth
- 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 epilepsy
- have hereditary angioedema
- are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding
Yaz 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 Yaz?
This medicine is available in form of a film-coated tablet.
You should take Yaz exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- Take a light pink tablet for the first 24 days and then a white tablet for the last 4 days.
- There is no gap between two strips. Start the next strip of pills straightaway.
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 Yaz side effects?
Like all medicines Yaz can cause side effects, including:
- mood swings
- breast pain, breast tenderness
- menstrual disorders
- bleeding between periods
- vaginal discharge, vaginal yeast infection
- depression, nervousness
- varicose veins, increased blood pressure
- stomach ache, vomiting, indigestion
- intestinal gas, inflammation of the stomach
- acne, itching, rash
- back pain, limb pain, muscle cramps
- vaginal fungal infection
- pelvic pain
- breast enlargement
- benign breast lumps
- uterine/vaginal bleeding
- hot flushes
- inflammation of the vagina (vaginitis)
- problems with your periods
- painful periods, reduced periods
- very heavy periods
- vaginal dryness
- abnormal cervical smear
- decreased interest in sex
- lack of energy
- increased sweating, fluid retention
- weight increase
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.