Yasmin (Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Yasmin
Yasmin is a birth control pill prescribed to prevent a pregnancy. Doctors generally prescribe these pills to women who prefer birth control pills over other contraceptive methods. The generic name of the drug is Drospirenone and Ethinyl Estradiol. It ‘misleads’ the body into thinking the ovulation cycle is completed, which prevents the reproductive system from releasing another egg. Yasmin prevents the womb lining from thickening, which further prevents the released egg from attaching itself to the womb lining. The drug also changes cervical fluid consistency, which blocks the entry of sperms into the womb. You may buy Yasmin and use it only after consulting your doctor.
Side Effects for Yasmin
Some women may experience mild to severe side effects after taking Yasmin. The mild side effects disappear as your body adjusts to the new hormone. Abdominal pain, headaches, nausea, breast tenderness, menstrual changes, darkening of facial skin, swelling of the feet and hands, and change in appetite/weight are some of the common side effects associated with Yasmin. Some women may also experience menstrual period changes, vaginal discharge or itching, problems with contact lenses, loss of hair, or increased hair growth.
The drug may also cause severe side effects in rare cases. You should immediately stop taking Yasmin and consult your doctor if you suffer from allergic reactions such as: stomach pain, sudden weakness/numbness, problems with speech, balance or vision, nausea, a general ill feeling, chest pain, yellowing of the eyes and skin, and breast lumps. Women who suffer from migraines may experience the migraines becoming more severe after taking the pill. This is also one of serious side effects which must be reported to your doctor. Discuss the risks and benefits associated with the pill with your doctor before you buy Yasmin.
You should not take Yasmin if you are hypersensitive To Ethinyl Estradiol or Drospirenone. The medication may not be safe for you if you have a specific medical condition. You should tell your doctor if you have heart valve disorder, heart disease, migraine headaches, liver or kidney disease, gall bladder disease, high cholesterol, unusual vaginal bleeding, epilepsy, and adrenal gland disorder. Consult your doctor if you have a medical history of blood clots, uterine or breast cancer, depression, irregular menstrual cycles, and circulatory problems due to diabetes or stroke.
Your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding dosage. You are required to take the first pill on the first day of your period. After that, you need to take one pill every day. The gap between two doses should not exceed 24 hours. Your will need to meet your doctor on a periodic basis while you are taking Yasmin.
Yasmin may interact with other drugs. Therefore, it is necessary that you tell your doctor about every medicine you are taking, which includes prescription medicines, over the counter medications, herbal products, and minerals and vitamins. You should not start taking any new drug without consulting your doctor if you are already taking Yasmin birth control pills.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.