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Amethia (extended-cycle)

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (extended cycle) [ETH-in-ill-ess-tra-DYE-ol-and-lee-voe-nor-JESS-trel]
The brand names are: Amethia, Ashlyna, Camrese, Camrese Lo, Daysee,… display the full 18 brands.
Drug class: contraceptives

What is the Amethia ?

Amethia is a mixture of drugs that are women's hormones that prevent the ovulation process (the release of eggs from the ovary). Amethia may also alter the cervical mucus as well as the lining of your uterus, making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and making it more difficult for a fertilised egg to connect in the uterus.Amethia can be used as a contraceptive to avoid the occurrence of pregnancy.Amethia can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this medication guide.

Side effects of Amethia extended cycle

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergy, such as symptoms of hives, breathing difficulties, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Birth control pills could result in serious adverse effects. Do not use birth control pills, and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • Indications of symptoms of a stroke—sudden weakness or numbness (especially on the opposite side) or a serious headache and slurred speech. Problems with balance;
  • Symptoms of a blood clot: sudden vision loss, chest pain, feeling tired, and coughing up blood. Swelling or redness on the leg or arm;
  • Heart attack symptoms include chest pressure or pain, pain that spreads to your shoulder or jaw, nausea, and sweating.
  • Liver problems: loss of appetite, stomach pain, fatigue, fever, dark urine, stools that are clay-coloured, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin);
  • High blood pressure, severe headache, blurred vision, and pounding in your neck or ear;
  • Swelling in your ankles, hands, or feet;
  • Variations in the pattern or intensity of migraines.
  • A breast lump
  • Signs of symptoms of depression—sleep issues, weakness, tiredness, mood swings

Common adverse effects of Amethia could include:

  • Moderate nausea (especially at the beginning of using this medication), vomiting, and stomach cramps;
  • Breast tenderness or swelling; discharge of the nipple;
  • Freckles or darkening of the facial skin, increased hair growth, and loss of hair on the scalp;
  • Fluctuations in appetite or weight;
  • Issues with contact lenses;
  • Vaginal thermic or discharge
  • Changes in your menstrual cycle and a decrease in sex drive

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and others could happen.Talk to your doctor and seek medical advice about the effect. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Do not take birth control pills if you're pregnant or just had a baby.You shouldn't take birth control medications if you suffer from high blood pressure that is uncontrolled, coronary artery diseases, circulation issues (especially associated with diabetes), undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, liver disease or cancer, and severe migraine headaches when you are also taking certain hepatitis C medications, or in the event of major surgery, if you smoke and are older than 35 years old, or if you have ever suffered an attack on your heart, a stroke, a blood clot, jaundice triggered by birth pills or breast cancer vagina, uterus/cervix, or uterus.The use of contraceptive pills may increase your chance of having blood clots develop strokes or heart attacks.Smoking is a major contributor to the risk of stroke, blood clots, or heart attacks. You should not use Amethia if you are smoking and are more than 35 years of age.

Prior to use this drug

The use of this medication can increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. You're more at risk if you suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or are obese. The risk of having a stroke or blood clots is highest when you first begin taking birth medication to control your weight. Your risk of stroke is also higher when you take this medicine again after not taking it for four weeks or more.Smoking is a major contributor to the risk of stroke, blood clots, or heart attacks. Your risk increases as you age, in addition to the amount you smoke. It is not recommended to have contraceptives if you smoke and are older than 35.Do not take this medication if you're expecting. Stop using this medication and notify your doctor immediately when you are pregnant or if you have missed two menstrual cycles in a row. If you've recently had the birth of a child and are waiting at least 4 weeks before you start taking birth medication to control your pregnancy,

Do not use birth control pills when you suffer from:

  • Untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure that is not treated or controlled
  • Heart disease (chest pain or coronary artery disease history of heart attack stroke and blood clot);
  • An increased chance of getting blood clots as a result of a heart condition or hereditary blood disorder
  • Circulatory problems (especially when related to the condition of diabetes);
  • An antecedent history of hormone-related cancer such as breast cancer, vagina, uterus, or cervical;
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding that isn't being examined by an ophthalmologist;
  • The liver, or cancer of the liver;
  • Extremely severe headaches due to migraine (with an aura, numbness, weakening of vision, or other changes), particularly those who are over 35 years old;
  • The history of jaundice triggered by birth control pills
  • If you take any hepatitis C medication containing ombitasvir, paritaprevir, or ritonavir (Technivie).

Speak to your doctor if you were ever diagnosed with:

  • heart disease, high blood pressure, or if you're prone to developing blood clots.
  • Triglycerides or high cholesterol, or if you're overweight,
  • depression;
  • diabetic, underactive thyroid, gallbladder disease;
  • a seizure or migraine headache;
  • irregular menstrual cycles;
  • fibrocystic cancer of the breast lumps, nodules, or an abnormal mammogram.

Amethia may reduce the production of breast milk. Avoid breastfeeding during treatment with this medication.

How to take Amethia extended cycle?

Follow the directions on the prescription label and go through all medication guides or instructions. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed.Start your first dose on the day you begin your menstrual cycle, or the day after the start of your period. You might need to take additional birth control options, such as condoms or spermicides, when you first begin using Amethia. Follow the directions of your doctor.You should take one pill a day for at least 24 hours in between. If your pills expire, then start a fresh pack the next day. You could become pregnant if you don't take one pill a day. Make sure you refill your prescription before you are completely out of pills.It is unlikely that you will experience menstrual cycles every month when you take an extra-cyclical hormone pill for birth control. Instead, your menstrual cycle should be every 12 weeks.

The 91-day birth control kit comes with three trays that contain 84 "active" pills and seven "reminder" pills. It is essential to use the pills in a specific sequence to ensure you are on a regular schedule. Trays 1 and 2 contain 28 pills. Tray 3 holds 35 pills, including seven reminder pills. Your period should start when you're taking these pills to remind you of your period.It is possible to experience the bleeding as a breakthrough, particularly in the first three months. Inform your doctor if the bleeding persists or becomes very heavy.Make sure you have a backup birth control plan if you're sick and suffering from severe vomiting or diarrhoea.If you are undergoing major surgery or are being placed on bed rest for long periods of time, you may need to discontinue using this medication for a short period of time. Any surgeon or doctor who treats you should be aware that you're taking contraceptives for birth.If you take birth medication to control your birth, you will be required to see your physician frequently.Place this medication in a safe place in a room at a temperature that is free of heat and humidity.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Follow the instructions for patients provided along with your prescription. In the event of a missed pill, you increase your chance of becoming pregnant.If you have missed the active dose, you should take two pills during the day you can remember. Take one pill a day for the remainder of the package.If you do not take the two pills that are active in one row, you should take two pills daily for two days. Then, take one pill a day throughout the remainder of the group. Make sure to use a backup birth control plan for at least 7 days after the missing pills.If you take three active pills in consecutive days, don't take the pills you missed. Keep taking one pill each day according to the label on the package. You can also leave the pills you missed in the container. There could be some bleeding or spotting when you do not take three pills in three days. Take a backup birth control pill during the following 7 days.If you don't remember to take the pill that reminds you, throw it out and continue taking one reminder pill each day until the bottle is full. There is no need for backup birth control pills if you fail to take an appointment pill. If your menstrual cycle does not begin when you take the reminder pills, consult your doctor, as you could be pregnant.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention immediately, or contact us for help at the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. Some symptoms of an overdose include nausea and vaginal bleeding.

What should be avoided?

Don't smoke when you are taking birth control medication, especially if you are over 35 years old.Birth control pills do not help you fight sexually transmitted illnesses, including HIV and AIDS. Utilising a condom is the only way to safeguard yourself from the aforementioned diseases.

Interaction with other drugs

Other medications may affect birth control pills. These include prescription as well as over-the counter medications, vitamins and natural products. Certain drugs may cause birth control pills to become less efficient, which could cause pregnancy. Inform your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking as well as any medications you are about to start or stop taking.




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