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Chateal EQ

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel [ETH-in-ill-ess-tra-DYE-ol-and-LEE-vo-nor-JESS-trel]
Brand names: Afirmelle, Altavera, Amethyst, Aubra, Aubra EQ,… Show all 28 brands
Drug class: contraceptives

What is Chateal EQ?

Chateal EQ can be used to prevent pregnancy. Chateal-EQ is available in many different brands and forms. This leaflet does not list all brands.Chateal EQ can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Chateal EQ

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 stroke: sudden numbness, weakness, or slurred words, especially on one side;
  • Signs of a blood clot: sudden vision loss, chest pain, shortness of breath, blood in the cough, swelling of an arm or leg
  • Heart attack symptoms: chest pain or pressure; pain spreading to the jaw or shoulder; sweating.
  • Liver problems: fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-coloured stools, and jaundice
  • Increased blood pressure: severe headache, blurred or distorted vision, or a pounding sensation in the neck, ears, or head;
  • Gallbladder problem:chalky-coloured stools, stomach pain after eating, nausea, heartburn, bloating, and severe upper stomach pain that may spread to your back;
  • You may experience swelling of your ankles, feet, or hands.
  • Changes in the pattern of migraine headaches or their severity;
  • A breast lump,
  • Symptoms of depression include sleep problems, fatigue, and mood changes.

Some of the common side effects associated with Chateal EQ include:

  • Symptoms of nausea and vomiting (especially at first when taking the medicine);
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bleeding
  • Acne is a darkening of the facial skin.
  • Weight gain or weight gain.
  • Contact lenses are causing problems.

There may be other side effects. Call your physician if experiencing side effects; to report potential problems contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


While pregnant or after having recently given birth, avoid taking birth control pills as much as possible.Birth control pills should not be used if: you are suffering from uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart conditions such as coronary artery diseases or circulation issues related to diabetes (especially vaginal bleeding and liver cancer) that require medical intervention; undiagnosed vaginal bleeding cannot be properly identified by testing; liver cancer has already developed; or pregnant.disease, severe headaches or migraines, if your surgery will require major surgery, if you are smoking and older than 35, if a blood clot has occurred, if jaundice was caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, or cancer of the breast, uterus, cervix, or vaginaBirth-control pills may increase your risk of blood clots or strokes.Smoking increases your risk of blood clots and strokes. Do not take Chateal-EQ if you are over 35.

Before you take this drug

This medicine increases your risk of a stroke or heart attack. If you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or obesity, you're at an even greater risk.Stroke and blood clot risks increase drastically within one year of taking birth control pills.You are at high risk if you start taking this medication again after a break of 4 weeks or more.Smoking increases your risk of blood clots and strokes. The more you smoke, the greater the risk. If you are older than 35 and smoke, it is not recommended that you take a combination birth control pill.Do not use it if you are pregnant. Stop using this medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant or miss two menstrual periods in a row. Wait at least four weeks after giving birth to take birth control pills.

If you are pregnant, or if:

  • Untreated or uncontrolled hypertension;
  • Heart disease (chest discomfort, coronary artery diseases, stroke history, or blood clots);
  • An increased risk of blood clots as a result of a hereditary disorder or heart disease;
  • Circulatory problems (especially when caused by diabetes);
  • A history of cancers of the breast, uterus, cervix, or vagina
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding not checked by a physician;
  • Liver disease or liver cancer
  • Severe migraine headaches, especially if older than 35.
  • A history of jaundice due to pregnancy or birth control pills
  • If you take any hepatitis C medication containing ombitasvir, paritaprevir, or ritonavir (Technivie).

Tell your doctor about any of the following:

  • If you have heart disease, high blood pressure, or are susceptible to blood clots, then this is the right product for you.
  • If you have high cholesterol, triglycerides, or are overweight, this may be a sign.
  • Depression;
  • A seizure or migraine headache
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Menstrual irregularities;
  • Fibrocystic breast disease, lumps or nodules on mammograms

Chateal EQ may slow down breast milk production. This medicine should not be used while breastfeeding.

How to take Chateal EQ?

Read all instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all instructions on the label. Follow the directions on the label.First, take your first pill the day after you start your period. When you start using Chateal, 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, taking this chance could result in pregnancy. Be sure to refill your prescription in time before running out!Some birth control packages contain seven "reminder pills" to help you maintain your regular cycle. Your period will usually commence shortly after beginning taking these reminder pills.

The chewable pill (tablet) should be chewed and then swallowed with water. If you prefer, you can swallow the tablet whole. Take it with an empty stomach.If you experience severe diarrhoea or vomiting, use backup birth control.You might experience bleeding during the first three months. If the bleeding persists or worsens significantly, see your physician immediately.You should inform all doctors or surgeons who treat you if using birth control pills is something you do. They should also know if this medicine has ever been taken and stop.You will need to see your doctor regularly if you are taking birth control pills.Store away from moisture, heat, and light at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Please read the instructions 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, take two pills a day for two consecutive days. Take one pill a day for the remainder of the package. After missing one or more pills, use an alternative birth control method for at least seven days as backup birth control.If you missed two active pills consecutively in Week 3, you can throw away the remaining pack of pills and begin a new one the next day, if you started on Day 1.If you started on Sunday, take one pill each day until Sunday when discard the remainder and start again with new package.If you missed three 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, take one pill each day until Sunday when discard the remainder and start again with new package.You may not get a period if you miss more than two active pills. Call your doctor if you have missed two periods in a row. You might be pregnant.If you miss taking one, just discard it and continue taking one per day until your pack of pill reminders are empty.

What happens if I overdose?

Call the Poison Help Line on 1800222-1222 if experiencing poison exposure and seek emergency medical treatment as a priority. Overdose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.

What should be avoided?

Do not smoke while taking birth control pills, especially if you're older than 35.Birth control pills do not protect against sexually transmissible diseases like HIV and AIDS; to protect oneself against them effectively it's recommended using a condom.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs, such as vitamins, herbal products, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and prescription and over-the-counter medications, may interact with birth-control pills. Birth control pills can be less effective if you take certain drugs. This may lead to pregnancy. Informing your physician of all medications you are currently taking and any that have recently changed or been initiated will allow him or her to provide adequate diagnosis and follow-up.