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Iclevia (extended cycle)

Generic name: ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (extended cycle) [ETH-in-ill-ess-tra-DYE-ol-and-lee-voe-nor-JESS-trel]
Brand names: Amethia Ashlyna Camrese Camrese Lo Daysee.
Drug class: contraceptives

What is Iclevia Extended-Cycle?

Iclevia contains female hormones, which prevent ovulation. Iclevia can also cause changes to your cervical mucus, uterine lining, and sperm. This makes it more difficult for fertilized eggs to attach to the uterus.Iclevia can be used to prevent pregnancy.Iclevia can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Iclevia

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms: difficulty breathing, swelling in your face, lips, tongue or throat.

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

  • Signs of a Stroke: sudden numbness, weakness, or a severe headache; slurred words; problems with balance.
  • Signs of a blood clot: sudden vision loss, chest pains, shortness of breath, blood in the cough, swelling of an arm or leg
  • Heart attack symptoms: chest pain or pressure, spreading pain to your jaw and shoulders, nausea, or sweating.
  • If you have liver disease, you may experience fatigue, nausea, dark urine or stools, fever, and jaundice.
  • Increased blood pressure—severe head pain, blurred vision, or a pounding sensation in the neck or ears
  • 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.

Iclevia side effects that are common include:

  • Mild nausea, especially when you start taking the medicine for the first time; vomiting; and stomach cramps.
  • Breast tenderness, swelling, or discharge.
  • Increased hair growth or loss of scalp hair.
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Contact lenses: problems with contact lenses
  • Vaginal itching, or discharge
  • Changes in your menstrual cycle, decreased sexual drive

There may be other side effects.Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

Norethindrone, Levonorgestrel, Medroxyprogesterone, Depo-Provera, Provera, and Nexplanon

Warnings

Avoid using birth control pills while pregnant or after having a recent baby.

Birth control pills should not be used if: you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart problems, coronary artery diseases, circulation issues (especially in diabetes), undiagnosed bleeding vaginal, liver cancer or 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 vagina

Birth-control pills may increase your risk of blood clots or strokes.Smoking increases your risk of blood clots and strokes. Iclevia should not be taken by smokers 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. The risk of stroke and blood clots is greatest during the first year you take 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 higher your risk. If you are older than 35 and smoke, it is not recommended that you take birth control pills.

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, history of stroke, blood clots, or heart attacks);
  • An increased risk of blood clots as a result of a heart condition or hereditary blood disorder
  • 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;
  • Gallbladder diseases, and diabetes.
  • A seizure or migraine headache;
  • Menstrual irregularities;
  • Fibrocystic breast disease, lumps or nodules on mammograms

Iclevia may slow down the production of breast milk. Breast-feeding is not recommended while taking this medication.

How to take Iclevia?

Read all instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all directions. Follow the directions on the label.First, take your first pill the day after you start your period. When you start taking Iclevia, you may need to use a backup birth control method, such as a condom or spermicide. 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. Refill your prescription before you run out.

While taking the extended-cycle pill, you will not experience a monthly period. Your period should be every 12 weeks.The 91-day birth control kit contains three trays and cards with 84 "active pills" and seven "reminder pills". To maintain a regular cycle, you must take the pills in a specific order. Each tray holds 28 pills. Tray 3 contains 35 pills, including 7 reminder pills. Use these reminder pills to start your period.

You might experience bleeding during the first three months. If this bleeding is heavy or continues, tell your doctor.If you have severe nausea or diarrhea, use backup birth control.

You may have to temporarily stop taking this medication if you are going to be undergoing major surgery or if you will need long-term rest. You should let any doctor or surgeon who treats you know if you use birth control pills.You will need to see your doctor regularly if you are taking birth control pills.Store this medication away from moisture or heat 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.Take two pills a day for the next two days if you have missed two active pills. 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.

Do not take any missed pills if you have missed three pills. Continue to take 1 pill daily according to the instructions on the package. Leave the missed pills inside the package. If you miss three pills, there may be some bleeding or spotting. Use a backup birth control method for the next seven days.

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. If you miss the reminder pill, you do not need backup birth control. Call your doctor if your period doesn't start when you take the reminder pill. You could be pregnant.

What happens if I overdose?

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

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, including HIV and AIDS. The only way to prevent these diseases is by using a condom.

Interaction with other drug

Other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products, may also interact with birth-control pills. Birth control pills can be less effective if you take certain drugs. This may lead to pregnancy. Inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking and those that you stop or start using.