Alesse
DESCRIPTION

Alesse is an oral contraceptive for women.

How It Works

Alesse contains ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel, which are synthetic versions of the two female hormones estrogen and progestin. In combination, these two hormones can prevent the release of an egg so that pregnancy cannot occur. This contraceptive is also known to make vaginal fluid thicker so it’s harder for sperm to reach the egg. If fertilization does occur, Alesse will prevent the fertilized egg from attaching to the walls of the uterus so that it cannot grow into a baby.

Uses

Alesse is used as an oral contraceptive to reduce the chances of getting pregnant following unprotected sex. Alesse will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. In some cases, Alesse may be prescribed to make irregular periods more regular or to make periods less painful.

Dosage

Take Alesse as instructed in the patient information leaflet provided in with the packaging. This leaflet contains important information regarding how to take the contraceptive.

You can obtain Alesse over the counter without the need for a prescription. However, if you have any concerns regarding safety or instructions on how to use Alesse, refer to a doctor.

Alesse pill pack includes 28 pills that contain the active hormones. Take one pill per day for 28 days. When you have taken all the tablets in the pack, make sure to use a new pack the following day. Do not take a break between packs if you intend to prevent pregnancy without condoms.

Take Alesse by the mouth. Take it same time each day to help you remember your dose. Pick a convenient time to take the pill to avoid forgetting your dose.

It’s important to take all tablets in correct order. Do not skip doses as it will increase the chances of pregnancy if you are sexually active.

If Alesse causes stomach upset or nausea, take the pill with dinner or an evening snack.

If you experience vomiting or diarrhea 4 hours after taking the tablet you will have to take another tablet. Vomiting and diarrhea can flush out the tablet from your body. Refer to the patient information leaflet for detailed information.

If you are taking Alesse for the very first time, you will need to take other measures to prevent pregnancy (condoms, IUDs, etc) for the first 7 days.

Side Effects

It’s recommended to get a doctor’s advice before switching to Alesse from another birth control pill.

Alesse may cause the following side effects:

Headache
Vomiting
Nausea
Weight change may occur
Bloating
Breast tenderness
Missed or irregular periods (especially during the first months of use)
Vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting)
Swelling of the ankles or feet (fluid retention)

Tell your doctor if side effects get worse or persist.

Precautions

Do not take Alesse if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug.

Some medical conditions may make Alesse unsafe to take. Inform your doctor of your medical history before taking this medication.

Self-Care

It’s recommended to get a doctor’s advice before switching to Alesse from another birth control pill.

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