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Generic name: ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel [EH-thih-nill-ess-tra-DYE-ole-and-des-oh-JESS-trel]
Brand Names: Apri, Azurette, Caziant, Cyred EQ…Show all 18 Brands
Drug class: contraceptives

What is Azurette?

Azurette contains a combination of birth-control pills and female hormonal agents to prevent ovulation. Azurete can also cause changes to your cervical mucus or uterine lining. This makes it more difficult for sperm and fertilized eggs to attach to your uterus.Azurette can be used to prevent pregnancy. This medicine is available in many different brands. This leaflet does not list all brands.Azure can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Azurette?

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, lips, or throat.

Birth control pills can cause serious side effects. Call your doctor immediately if:

  • Signs of a Stroke: sudden numbness, weakness, severe headache, slurred or shaky speech, or problems with vision and balance.
  • Signs of a blood clot in the lungs: chest pain, sudden cough or shortness of breath, dizziness, and coughing blood.
  • Signs of a deep blood clot—pain, swelling, or warmth in a leg;
  • Heart attack symptoms: chest pain or pressure, spreading pain to your jaw and shoulders, nausea, or sweating.
  • Liver problems: swelling around the midsection of your body; upper right stomach pain; lack of appetite; dark colored urine; clay colored stools; jaundice (yellowing skin or eyes);
  • Increased blood pressure: severe headache, blurred or distorted vision, pounding of the neck, ears, or head;
  • Depression: mood changes, low self-worth feelings, lack of interest in activities you used to enjoy, sleep problems, and thoughts of harming yourself.
  • A breast lump or swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or legs
  • Changes in the pattern of migraine headaches or their severity

Some of the common side effects associated with Azurette include:

  • Weight gain, nausea (vomiting), breast tenderness, or breakthrough bleeding
  • Acne is a darkening of the facial skin
  • Contact lenses are causing problems.

There may be other side effects. Need medical advice regarding potential side effects? Speak to your physician.. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

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Avoid taking birth control pills while pregnant or after having a baby.Birth control pills should not be used if: you suffer from heart disease, circulation problems, or undiagnosed vaginal bleeds; you are taking certain hepatitis C medications; you plan to have major surgery; you smoke; and you're over 35 years old. You shouldn't use them if: you have had a stroke or blood clots caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, or jaundice; or if cancer has ever affected your breasts, uterus, or cerevix.

Before you take this drug

Birth-control pills may increase your risk for blood clots or stroke. If you suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes, you may be at greater risk. The risk of stroke and blood clots is greatest during the first year you take birth control pills. You are at high risk when you start taking birth control pills again after a break of 4 weeks or more.Smoking increases your risk of a stroke or heart attack due to birth control pills. This is especially true if you're older than 35.Do not use it if you are pregnant. Stop using Azurette immediately if you are pregnant or if you are missing two menstrual cycles in a row. Wait at least four weeks after giving birth if you've just had a child.

If you are pregnant, or if:

  • Untreated or uncontrolled hypertension, heart disease or coronary heart disease (chest discomfort, history of stroke, heart attack, or blood clot), or an increased risk for blood clots because of a heart condition or hereditary blood disorder
  • A history of cancers of the breast, uterus, cervix, or vagina
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding not checked by a physician;
  • Liver disease or liver cancer, if you take any hepatitis C medication containing ombitasvir, paritaprevir, or ritonavir with or without dasabuvir, or if you have a history of jaundice caused by pregnancy or birth control pills; or
  • Severe migraine headaches with aura, numbness, weakness, or changes in vision, especially if older than 35 or if smoking and over 35,

Inform your physician of any of the following issues:

  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, varicose veins, if you have a tendency to have blood clots, high cholesterol, triglycerides, or are overweight.
  • Gallbladder disease, depression, migraine headaches, and diabetes
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Irregular menstrual cycle, fibrocystic breast disease, lumps, or nodules on a mammogram.

Ask your doctor if you can safely breastfeed while taking this medication.

How to take Azurette?

Read all instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all directions. Follow the directions on the label.Your first pill will be taken on the day your period starts or the first Sunday following the start of your cycle. When you start taking this medication, you may need to use a backup birth control method, such as spermicide or condoms. You should follow your doctor's advice.One pill per day is recommended, but no more than one every 24 hours. Start a new package the next day when the pills are finished. If you don't take one pill every day, you may become pregnant. Keep your prescription filled to avoid running out.These pills are designed to remind you of your cycle. Usually, your period will begin when you start taking these reminder pills.You could have been bleeding through the skin. If it persists or becomes very heavy, tell your doctor.If you have severe nausea or diarrhea, use backup birth control.You should tell any doctor or surgeon that treats you if you use birth control pills.You will need to see your doctor regularly if you are taking birth control pills.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Read all the instructions or guides that come with your medication. You are more likely to become pregnant if you miss a pill.Take two pills the next day if you forget to take one. Take one pill a day for the remainder of the pack.If you missed two active pills consecutively in Week 1 or 2, then take two pills a day for the next two days. Take one pill a day for the remainder of the package. After missing a pill, use a backup birth control method for at least seven days.If you missed two active pills consecutively in Week 3, you can throw the remaining pack out and start another pack on the same day if you started Day 1. If you started on Sunday, continue taking one pill each day until Sunday. On Sunday, discard the remainder of the package and begin a new one.If you missed 3 active pills consecutively in Weeks 1, 2, and 3, you can throw the rest out and start over with a new package on the same date if you started Day 1. If you started on Sunday, continue taking one pill each day until Sunday. On Sunday, discard the remainder of the package and begin a new one.You may not get a period if you miss more than two pills. Call your doctor if you have missed two periods in a row. You might be pregnant.If you forget to take a pill reminder, just throw it out and continue taking one pill reminder per day until your pack is empty.

What happens if I overdose?

Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. Overdose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and vaginal blood.

What should be avoided?

Do not smoke while taking birth control pills, especially if you're older than 35.Birth control pills do not stop the spread of your disease. Share razors and toothbrushes. Do not engage in unprotected sexual activity. Ask your doctor about how to prevent HIV from being transmitted during sex.

Interaction with other drugs

Tell your doctor about your other medications, including:

  • Phenylbutazone;
  • Griseofulvin;
  • Bosentan;
  • Rifampin;
  • John's wort;
  • Glecaprevir/pibrentasvir;
  • Anticonvulsants are antiepileptics such as phenytoin (phenobarbital), carbamazepine (oxcarbazepine), lamotrigine (topiramate), or felbamate.

This list is incomplete. Azurette may be affected by other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines and vitamin and herb products. This list does not encompass all potential interactions among medications.




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