Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol (Oral)

Overview

Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol is a hormonal birth control tablet that has two kinds of hormones, drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, and prevents pregnancy when used properly. It works by preventing a woman's egg (ovum) from developing fully each month. The ovum can't accept a sperm anymore and this prevents fertilization.

This medication also helps treat acne in women aged 14 and above, as well as premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a very serious version of premenstrual syndrome. People with premenstrual dysphoric syndrome may have severe physical and emotional symptoms 10-14 days before the menstrual flow begins.

This medication doesn't help prevent HIV/AIDs or other STDs. It won't work as an emergency birth control solution, like after unprotected sexual intercourse.

Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol comes in tablet form and is only available with a doctor's prescription under the following brand names: Yasmin, Yaz 28, Vestura, Gianvi, Nikki, Loryna, Syeda, Ocella, and Zarah.

Conditions Treated

  • Birth control
  • Acne
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Ovarian cyst

Type Of Medicine

  • Hormonal contraceptive

Side Effects

Many medicines do bring about side effects. The side effects may be very serious or less serious, permanent or temporary.

The side effects outlined below have been experienced by at least one percent of people using Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol. Many of them can be treated, and some may vanish on their own eventually.

Contact your healthcare specialist if you feel these effects and they're troublesome and severe. Your pharmacist can advise you on how to manage them.

  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Darkening facial skin
  • Changes in weight
  • Breast tenderness, pain, or swelling
  • Abdominal bloating or cramping
  • Acne (normally less common after 90 days of treatment and can improve if you already have acne)
  • Changed interest in sex
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Problem with wearing contact lenses
  • Nervousness
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble sleeping

While most of the following effects occur less often, they might result in serious issues if you don't get medical attention.

See your physician promptly if you suffer any of these effects:

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Last Reviewed:
March 26, 2018
Last Updated:
April 12, 2018
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