Yasmin is a contraceptive pill which is the brand formulation of Drospirenone and Ethinyl estradiol. It has a protein binding of 97 % and a half-life period of about 30 hours.
Yasmin is used as a birth control pill by preventing the discharge of an egg from the ovary during the menstrual cycle. The vaginal fluid is made thicker, thus preventing sperm from getting in contact with the eggs and hence fertilization is avoided here. The uterus lining is changed to prevent the egg from attaching in it. When the egg fails to attach itself to the uterus, it comes out of the body. This is how it works to prevent pregnancy.
Yasmin has few more benefits other than preventing pregnancy, by helping to regulate the menstrual cycle, reducing blood loss as well as pain during periods, and also decreasing the risk of ovarian cyst. This drug is also used in treating Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) as well as moderate acne.
Dosage and Administration
Yasmin is available as film coated tablets in the dosage strength of 0.03 mg/ 3 mg. You have to take the pill as advised by your doctor without increasing or decreasing the dosage strength. Also, you should not take two doses in order to have greater effects or if you missed a dose.
It is essential to read the medical guide before commencing the medication. This drug is taken by mouth with or without food.
Generally Yasmin is prescribed to be taken only once in a day. The pills can be taken at the same time each day so that the person does not forget. The next dose of the pill should be taken only after 24 hours. To avoid nausea or stomach upset, the tablet can be taken after a meal or before going to sleep.
Take the doses at the correct time and never miss a dose. If a person does not take the Yasmin regularly or at the regular time, the chances of pregnancy is high.
There will be 21 pills in a Yasmin packet that contains active ingredient in it along with 7 pills with no hormones. Take one pill a day for 21 consecutive days. At the end of taking the last hormone pill, you would get periods. Consult the doctor if a person does not get periods and continue with the new pack of this birth control pill.
If this is the first time for a person to take this pill, it is recommended to start taking from the first day of the periods. This helps to avoid the usage of non-hormonal birth control methods.
Important safety information
Do not use Yasmin if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or clotting problems. Migraine and circulation issues can also have an effect on this medicine.
Smoking, especially when you are above the age of 35 years, can have an impact on Yasmin.
If you are pregnant or if you have been pregnant recently, then you should not take Yasmin.
There are certain drugs such as antibiotics and other AIDS meds which can make Yasmin less effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy.
Make your doctor know if you are having problems like depression, thyroid issues, kidney problems, heart diseases, jaundice, migraines, eye problems etc. before getting prescribed for Yasmin.
Certain side effects may be triggered whilst taking Yasmin. Some of the minor effects are nausea, stomach cramps, bleeding during periods, vomiting, and breast tenderness. In some cases, severe side effects may happen. Irregular heart rate, fainting, mood swings, skin rash, tightness in the chest, swelling, confusion, irregular periods, trouble sleeping, change in vision and vaginal irritation are some among them. Consult with the physician regarding the side effects as soon as possible.