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Class of drug: Contraceptives

In the U.S., Vestura has been discontinued. There may be equivalents if generic versions have been approved.

What is Vestura?

The combination pill contains female hormones, which prevent ovulation. Vestura can also cause changes to your cervical mucus or uterine lining. This makes it more difficult for fertilized eggs to adhere to the uterus.

Vestura can be used to avoid pregnancy. The medicine can also be used for moderate acne by women over 14 who have begun menstruating and wish to take birth-control pills.

Yaz can also be used to treat symptoms associated with premenstrual disorders, such as depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and a lack of energy. Other side effects include breast tenderness or pain, muscle or joint pain, weight gain, or sleep changes.Vestura can be used in other ways not mentioned in the medication guide.

Side effects Vestura

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

Some birth control pills can cause severe side effects. Call your doctor immediately if:

  • Signs of a stroke: sudden numbness, weakness, or headache (particularly on one side), slurred or choppy speech, or problems with balance or vision;
  • Signs of blood clots: sudden vision loss, chest pain that stabs, shortness of breath, blood in the cough, or pain or heat in both legs.
  • Symptoms of a heart attack: heart pain, pressure, or pain in your chest; spreading pain to the jaw or shoulder; nausea and sweating.
  • Liver problems: loss of appetite, stomach pains, fatigue, dark urine, and clay-coloured stools. Jaundice.
  • Increased blood pressure—intense headaches, blurred or distorted vision, and a pounding sensation in the neck, ears, or head;
  • You may experience swelling of your ankles, feet, hands, or fingers.
  • A change in migraine headaches' pattern or intensity;
  • Symptoms of depression include sleep problems, fatigue, and mood changes.

Some of the common side effects associated with Vestura include:

  • Nausea, vomiting;
  • Breast tenderness
  • Feeling tired, irritable, or with a headache;
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Changes in menstrual cycles, reduced sexual drive

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. Report side effects by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Use only if pregnant or have recently given birth.

Vestura should be avoided if: you suffer from an adrenal gland disease; kidney disease; uncontrolled high pressure or blood pressure (especially in diabetes); or undiagnosed bleeding vaginal or liver cancer. You shouldn't take it if your liver is ill or if cancer has been diagnosed in the breast, uterus, or cervix.This medicine increases your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.If you are over 35 and smoke, this medication should be avoided.

Before you take this drug

This medicine increases your risk of blood clots and strokes. If you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or are overweight, you're at even greater risk. The risk of a stroke or clot increases 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.

The older you get, the greater your chance of having a stroke or a heart attack. This medicine should not be taken if you are older than 35 and smoke.

Avoid using this medication if pregnant. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or miss two menstrual cycles in a row. Wait at least four weeks after giving birth before you take this medication.

This medicine should be avoided if:

  • An adrenal gland disease;
  • Kidney disease
  • Untreated high blood pressure or hypertension
  • Heart disease (history of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and coronary artery disease);
  • An increased risk for blood clots as a result of a blood disorder or heart disease;
  • Circulatory problems, especially if they are caused by diabetes
  • A history of cancers of the uterus, breast, vagina, or cervix;
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding not checked by your doctor
  • Liver disease, or cancer of the liver;
  • Severe migraine headaches, especially in older people over 35.
  • A history of jaundice due to pregnancy or birth-control pills
  • If you are older than 35 and smoke,
  • If you take any hepatitis C medication containing ombitasvir, paritaprevir, or ritonavir (Technivie).

If you've ever:

  • If you have heart disease, blood clots, or high blood pressure,
  • High potassium levels in the blood
  • If you have high cholesterol, triglycerides, or are overweight,
  • Depression;
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Gallbladder disease or underactive thyroid
  • A headache.

This medicine contains hormones that can be passed into the breast milk, which may cause harm to a baby who is nursing. The medicine can also reduce breast milk production. Use caution if breastfeeding.

How to take Vestura?

Read all the instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all the directions. Follow the directions on your prescription label.You can take your first pill either on the day you start your cycle or on the Sunday following your period. When you start taking this drug, it is possible that you will need to use a backup birth control method, like condoms containing spermicide.

One pill per day is recommended, but no more than one every 24 hours. Start a fresh pack of pills the next day when the old ones run out. If you don't take a pill every day, it is possible to become pregnant.

If you are pregnant, it is possible that you will experience bleeding during your first three months. If this bleeding is heavy or continues, tell your doctor.

You may have to temporarily stop taking Vestura if you are going to be undergoing major surgery or confined for long periods of time. You should let any doctor who treats you know you're taking this medication.Keep away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Please read the instructions that come with your medication. If you don't understand the instructions, ask your pharmacist or doctor. You are more likely to become pregnant if you miss a pill.Take two active pills the next day if you forget. Take 1 pill a day until the remainder of the package.

Take two pills a day for two consecutive days if you missed two active pills back-to-back in the first or second week. Take one pill a day until the end of your pack. After missing a pill, use a backup birth control method for at least seven days.You can start fresh the next day if your Day 1 starter pack is empty. You can continue taking the pill until Sunday if you started on Sunday. Throw out the remaining pills on Sunday and begin a brand new package that same day.

You can start over if you missed three pills consecutively in the first, second, or third week. You can continue to take a pill each day up until Sunday if you started on Sunday. Throw out the remaining pills on Sunday and begin a brand new package that same day.You may miss two or more pills during the month. Call your doctor if you have missed a period in two consecutive months. You might be pregnant.You can throw away the missed pill and continue taking one reminder per day until you run out of pills.

What happens if I overdose?

Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 or seek emergency medical care. An overdose can cause vomiting or bleeding.

Avoid this

Don't smoke when taking Vestura, especially if your age is over 35.The medicine does not provide protection against sexually transmissible diseases, including HIV or AIDS. The only way to prevent these diseases is by using a condom.

Interaction with other drug

Other medications, such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, vitamins, herbal products (drospirenone), or ethinyl estradiol, may also interact with This medicine can be less effective if you take certain drugs. Pregnancy may occur. Inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking and those that you stop or start using.