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Ashlyna (extended-cycle)

Generic name: of Ethinyl Estradiol and Levonorgestrel Extended Cycle [ETH-inyl estRAD-ol-and-lee voe-nor GESTRE-trel]
Brand names: may include Amethia, Ashlyna, Camrese Lo, Daysee and…show all 18 brands
Drug class: contraceptives

What is Ashlyna (extended-cycle)?

Ashlyna is a combination medication that has women's hormones that block the process of ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovary). Ashlyna is also a cause of changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining, which makes it more difficult for sperm cells to enter the uterus and for fertilised eggs to connect with the uterus.Ashlyna is a contraceptive to avoid the occurrence of pregnancy.Ashlyna could be used for other purposes not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects of Ashlyna (extended-cycle)

Seek medical attention immediately in the event that you exhibit symptoms that indicate an allergy, such as asthma, hives, or swelling of your lips, face, tongue, throat, or face.

Birth control pills can result in serious adverse consequences. Do not use birth control pills, and contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Symptoms of a stroke—sudden weakening or numbness (especially on the opposite side) and extreme headache or slurred speech balance issues;
  • Symptoms of a blood clot: sudden vision loss, chest pain, and feeling tired or coughing up blood. Swelling or redness of the arm or leg;
  • Heart attack symptoms: chest pressure or pain that spreads to your shoulder or jaw; nausea; sweating;
  • Issues with the liver: loss of appetite and stomach pain fatigue, fever, dark urine, stools that are clay-coloured, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin);
  • Increased 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, fatigue, and mood swings.

Common adverse effects of ashlyna can include:

  • Moderate nausea (especially at the beginning of using this medication), vomiting nausea, stomach cramps, and bloating;
  • Breast tenderness or swelling; discharge from the nipple;
  • Freckles, darkening or fading of facial skin, increased growth of hair, 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 isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Reach out to a doctor if any adverse effects arise; additionally, report all side effects to FDA by calling 800-FDA-1088.


Do not take birth control pills if you are pregnant or have recently had a child.You shouldn't take birth control pills if you suffer from uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart disease, coronary arterial disease, circulation issues (especially associated with diabetes), undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, liver disease, cancer, or severe migraine headaches when you are also taking certain hepatitis C medication, if you are scheduled for major surgery, if you smoke and you are over 35 years old, or if you have had an attack of the heart, stroke, blood clot, or jaundice that is caused by birth pills or breast cancer vagina, uterus/cervix, or uterus.The use of contraceptive pills may increase your chances of developing a blood clot, stroke, or heart attack.Smoking is a major contributor to the chance of stroke, blood clots, or heart attacks. You should not consume Ashlyna when you smoke or are older than 35.

Before you take this drug

The use of this medication can increase the chances of developing blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. There is a higher risk if you suffer from high blood pressure or insulin resistance, high cholesterol, or are obese. The risk of having a stroke or blood clots is highest in the first year of taking birth medications to control weight. Your risk of stroke is also higher when you take this medicine again after having stopped taking it for four weeks or more.Smoking cigarettes can significantly increase the risk of stroke, blood clots, or heart attacks. Your risk increases as you age, in addition to the amount you smoke. Do not use birth control medications if you smoke and are over the age of 35.Do not take this medication if you're expecting. Stop using this medication and inform your doctor immediately when you are pregnant or if you have missed two menstrual cycles in a row. If you've had an infant, you should wait at least four weeks before you start taking birth medication to control your pregnancy.

It is not recommended to take birth control pills when you suffer from:

  • Untreated or not controlled high blood pressure, untreated or uncontrolled
  • Heart disease (chest pain or coronary artery disease; the history of a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot);
  • An increased chance of getting blood clots because of heart problems or hereditary blood disorders
  • Issues with circulation (especially those due to diabetes);
  • A history of cancer related to hormones such as breast cancer, vagina, or uterus/cervix;
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding that isn't being examined by an ophthalmologist;
  • Cancer of the liver or liver;
  • Extreme migraine headaches (with an aura, numbness, visual changes, or weakness) particularly when you are over 35 years old.
  • An occurrence of jaundice that was caused by birth control pills
  • If you take any hepatitis c medication containing ombitasvir, paritaprevir, or ritonavir (technivie).

Speak to your physician immediately if you experience:

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, or if you're susceptible to blood clots.
  • Triglycerides or high cholesterol, or if you're overweight,
  • Depression;
  • Diabetes, underactive thyroid, gallbladder disease
  • A seizure or migraine headache;
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Fibrocystic breast cancer lumps, nodules, lumps, or an abnormal mammogram.

Ashlyna may slow down the production of breast milk. It is not recommended to breastfeed during treatment with this drug.

How to take Ashlyna (extended-cycle)?

Follow all instructions on your prescription label, and review all medication guides and instructions sheets. Follow the medication precisely as directed.The first time you take a pill is one of the days during your cycle, or on the Sunday immediately following your period starts. It is possible to require additional birth control, like condoms or fertiliser, before you begin using Ashlyna. Follow the instructions of your doctor.You should take one pill a day for at least 24 hours in between. When the pills have run out and you are unable to take another, begin a new one the next day. You could become pregnant if you don't take a pill every day. Refill your prescription prior to the time you are completely out of pills.There is no need to have menstrual cycles every month when you take an extra-cycle hormone pill for birth control. Your period will instead occur once every 12 weeks.The birth control package for 91 days comes with three trays that contain 84 "active" pills and seven "reminder" pills. The pills must be used in a certain sequence to ensure you are on a consistent cycle. Two of the trays contain 28 pills. Tray 3 holds 35 pills, which includes the seven reminder pills. Your period will begin when you're taking these pills to remind you of your period.There is a chance that you will experience breakthrough bleeding, most likely during the first three months. Inform your doctor if the bleeding persists or is extremely heavy.Utilise a backup birth control pill if you're sick and suffering from severe vomiting or diarrhoea.If you require major surgery or are in bed for a long time, you may need to discontinue using this medicine for a short period of time. Any surgeon or doctor who treats you should be aware that you're taking contraceptives for birth.When you are taking birth medication to control your birth, you will be required to see your physician frequently.Keep this medication in a cool, dry place at a temperature that is free of heat and humidity.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Follow the instructions for patients provided with your medication. If you do not take your medication, it increases your chance of becoming pregnant.If you have missed an active medication, you should take two pills the next day you can remember. Then, take one pill a day throughout the remainder of the package.If you do not take two active tablets in succession, you should take two pills a day for a period of two days. Then, take one pill per day throughout the remainder of the group. Make sure to use a backup birth control plan up to 7 consecutive days after the missing pills.If you have missed three active tablets in consecutive days, don't take the pills you missed. Continue taking 1 pill a day according to the label on the pill, and then leave the pills that you skipped in the box. There may be bleeding or spotting when you do not take three pills in the same row. Take a backup birth control pill, at least for the next seven days.If you do not remember to take an appointment reminder pill, toss the pill away and take one pill a day until the bottle is full. It is not necessary to take backup birth control pills if you fail to take the pill that reminds you. If your period doesn't begin while you are taking the reminder pills, consult your doctor, as you could be pregnant.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency attention or contact 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 using birth control medications, especially if you are over 35 years old.Birth control pills do not safeguard you from sexually transmitted illnesses, including HIV and AIDS. The use of a condom is your only method to safeguard yourself from these illnesses.

Interaction with other drug

Other medications may interfere with birth control pills, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. Certain drugs may cause birth control pills to become less efficient, resulting in a pregnancy. Inform your doctor about your current medications and any medication you begin or stop taking.




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