Drug Class: What is Alesse and why is it prescribed?
Most important fact about Alesse
Dosage: How should you take Alesse?
Special information on Alesse
Possible side effects of Alesse
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Alesse
|Drug Class: What is Alesse and why is it prescribed?|
Alesse is a birth control pill. Oral contraceptives (also
known as The Pill) are highly effective means of preventing pregnancy.
To reduce side effects of Alesse, oral
|Most important fact about Alesse|
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious heart-related side effects (stroke, heart attack, blood clots, etc.) in women who use oral contraceptives such as Alesse.
This risk increases with heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and with age. There is an especially significant increase in heart disease risk in women over 35 years old who smoke and use oral contraceptives like Alesse
|Dosage: How should you take Alesse?|
Alesse should be taken daily, no more than 24 hours apart, for the duration of the prescribed cycle of 21 or 28 days. Start the cycle according to package directions. Ideally, you should take your pill at the same time every day to reduce the chance of forgetting a dose; with progestin-only contraceptives, taking the pill at the same time each day is essential.
If you miss a dose:
|Special information on Alesse|
| If you are pregnant (or think you might be), you should not use oral contraceptives,
since they are not safe during pregnancy. For safety s sake, switch to
a nonhormonal method of contraception if you miss a period after forgetting
a scheduled dose of the Pill. In addition, wait at least 4 weeks after delivery
before starting an oral contraceptive.
Nursing mothers should not use most Alesse, since these drugs can appear in breast milk and may cause jaundice and enlarged breasts in nursing infants. In this
|Possible side effects of Alesse|
Side effects of Alesse cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking an Alesse (oral contraceptive).
Side effects may include:
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Alesse|
|If Alesse is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Alesse with the following: Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Amitriptyline (Elavil), Ampicillin (Principen), Aspirin, Atorvastatin (Lipitor), Barbiturates (phenobarbital, Seconal), Carbamazepine (Tegretol), Chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin), Clofibrate (Questran), Clomipramine (Anafranil), Cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), Diazepam (Valium), Doxepin (Sinequan), Fluconazole (Diflucan),|
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