Yaz is an oral medication primarily consisting of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. The tablet is sold under various brand names like Yaz, Ocella, Lorynya etc.
Conditions Treated by Yaz
In typical terms, Yaz is a birth control medication. However it is also used to improve skin texture and control acne in teenagers. Sometimes, doctors may prescribe Yaz to pre-teens who have started early menstruation cycles. This is to avoid pregnancy as well as to maintain healthy skin. Yaz can also be used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder like anxiety, stomach pain, depression, mood swings, fatigue, weight gain etc. In certain cases, Yaz may be prescribed for symptoms and illnesses not mentioned above.
Yaz Dosage Information
a.) Typical dosage recommendations
Birth control medication is usually taken once a day, every day. Women are normally advised to take the first pill on the first day of their menstrual cycle. Some doctors may recommend starting on the first Sunday after the menstrual cycle begins. The pill needs to be taken once a day, at the same time everyday. It is important to keep a ready stock of the medication all the time.
b.) Missing a dose
The reason contraceptive pills are supposed to be taken daily is because they reduce the chances of pregnancy. When you miss a pill, it may increase your chances of pregnancy. Usually, doctors recommend taking two pills on the same day when you miss a dose on one day. Once you have taken a replacement dose it is alright to resume the one-pill-a-day system again. The same process can be followed if you miss two pills on two separate days. However, if you forget to take the medication for three days in a row then it safer to throw away the pack and start the count again with a new pack.
When you miss a pill and try to replace it with another extra pill you may unknowingly overdose on the medication. This is why it is safer to seek immediate medical attention when you miss a dose. If you feel that you may have overdosed on Yaz, contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an overdose will include vomiting, extreme stomach pain, vaginal bleeding, nausea.
It is not advisable to use Yaz when you are pregnant. The medicine may cause severe harm to you and the foetus. It is not safe to consume birth control medication soon after delivering a baby. If you have just delivered a baby, it is advisable to wait for a few months before resuming your medication. If you suffer from blood pressure related problems, then it is safer to avoid taking Yaz. If you suffer from organ diseases especially disorders of the lung, liver or kidney then it is better to avoid Yaz. Heart patients should avoid taking any regular medication other than their heart medication. If you are a heart patient, it is advisable to avoid any birth control medication like Yaz. Yaz should not be administered to women above 35 years of age. Furthermore, it isn’t safe to use Yaz if you are a smoker. Avoid Yaz if you have ever been treated for cancer. Stroke victims should also avoid the medication at all costs. When you miss a dose, it may result in pregnancy. It is important to use supplementary birth control methods like condoms, spermicides etc when you miss a dose. When you are on Yaz, keep in mind that other medicinal drugs like antibiotics, vitamin tablets, hepatitis C medication, HIV / AIDS medication, may reduce the effectiveness of Yaz. Before starting regular Yaz medication, it is important to inform your doctor of all other medications you are on. If you suffer from migraine attacks then Yaz is not recommended for you. If you are overweight or suffer from cholesterol related problems, avoid taking Yaz. If you have an underactive thyroid problem or history of depression, Yaz should be avoided. Diabetic patients should avoid this medication as it may affect the blood sugar levels in the body. If you suffer from seizures or epilepsy, Yaz is not recommended. If you have suffered from tuberculosis in the past, then Yaz is not safe. Yaz causes hormonal changes in the body. It is therefore safer to use it only under a doctor’s guidance and observation. Before going in for any surgery, it is necessary to stop the medication. Smoking while on birth control medication can increase the chances of blood clots, stroke or heart attack. Many people feel that birth control medication can protect them against sexually transmitted diseases. This is not true. Birth control medication like Yaz can only help avoid pregnancy.
Yaz Side Effects
Most oral medication pills can result in side effects. But the important thing to remember is that not every side effect is serious or life threatening. If the symptoms of a side effect persist for more than a day, then it is better to contact a doctor. When you just begin using Yaz, you may suffer from severe vomiting and diarrhoea. It is important to use an alternate contraceptive method if you suffer from these side effects. You may experience an allergic reaction to Yaz. This reaction can be in the form of hives, difficulty in breathing, facial swelling, swelling of the lips, tongue or nose. Other side effects may include sudden numbness or weakness, loss of sensation in certain parts of the body, severe headaches, confusion, problems with speech and hearing, blurred vision or balance. Sometimes, serious side effects like chest pain, wheezing, coughing up blood, redness in the legs, change in the colour of urine, jaundice, swelling of the hands and feet, changes in mood etc have been observed. If you experience the above, immediate medical attention is necessary. Other minor and common side effects of Yaz include bloating, breast tenderness, nipple discharge, freckles or darkening of facial skin, loss of hair, changes in weight and loss of appetite, vaginal infection, decreased sex drive.