What is Yasmin used for?
Yasmin is a birth control pill used to prevent
pregnancy. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other
sexually transmitted diseases.
Who should not take Yasmin:
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious adverse
effects on the heart and blood vessels from the use of birth control
pills. This risk increases with age and with heavy smoking (15 or more
cigarettes per day) and is quite marked in women over 35 years of age.
Women who use birth control pills should not smoke.
Yasmin differs from other birth control pills because it
contains a progestin hormone called drospirenone. Drospirenone can
increase potassium in your blood. Women should not use Yasmin if they have
kidney, liver, or adrenal disease because it can cause serious health
problems. Also, Yasmin should not be used by people who have:
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- Blood clots in the legs, lungs (pulmonary embolism),
- A history of blood clots in the deep veins of the
- Chest pain
- Known or suspected breast cancer or cancer of the
lining of the uterus, cervix or vagina
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or of the skin
(jaundice) during pregnancy or during previous use of the pill
- Liver tumor (benign or cancerous)
General Precautions with Yasmin:
For the majority of women, Yasmin can be taken safely.
But some women are at high risk of developing certain serious diseases
that can be life threatening or may cause temporary or permanent
disability or death. The risks associated with taking Yasmin increase
significantly if you:
- Have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high
- Have or have had clotting disorders, heart attack,
stroke, chest pain (angina pectoris), and cancer of the breast or
reproductive organs, jaundice, or malignant or benign liver tumors.
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
Review all medicines that you are taking with your
health care provider, including herbal supplements and non-prescription
medicines. Tell your health care provider if you are on long-term
treatment with any of the medicines below, because you may need a blood
test to find out if Yasmin is right for you.
- NSAIDs — ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®),
naproxen (Naprosyn®, Aleve®, and others) when
taken long-term and daily for treatment of arthritis or other diseases
- Potassium-sparing diuretics (spironolactone and
- Potassium supplements
- ACE inhibitors (Capoten®, Vasotec®,
Zestril®, and others)
- Angiotensin-II receptor antagonists (Cozaar®,
Diovan®, Avapro®, and others)
What are some possible side effects of Yasmin? (This is NOT
a complete list of side effects reported with Yasmin. Your health care provider can
discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
The most commons side effects are:
- Menstrual changes
- Breast tenderness
- Abdominal cramps and bloating
- Vaginal discharge
For more detailed information about Yasmin, ask your health care provider.