Alesse is a prescription medication that is used to prevent pregnancy. It belongs to a group of combined oral contraceptive pills that contain both estrogens and progestogens. Women will not experience their menstrual periods while they are on treatment with this medicine. The pill works by preventing pregnancy which it does by interfering with the implantation of a blastocyst (structure formed in the early development of mammals). The combination drug prevents a woman from releasing eggs from her ovaries. It actually makes the cervical mucus thick thus keeping the sperm away from joining with an egg.
Alesse is mainly used to keep away a woman from becoming pregnant. It is used as a form of contraception to prevent pregnancy. It can also be used to provide relief when the menstrual period is too painful. It helps to make the periods regular and it also reduces the risks of ovarian cysts. In any case, pregnant women or women who have just given birth to a child are not supposed to take this medicine. Also women with high blood pressure, heart disorders or vaginal bleeding are not advised to take this pill.
Dosage and Administration
Alesse is available as a pack of twenty-eight pills. The twenty one pink activated compressed tablets comprise of 0.10 mg of Levonorgestrel and 0.02 mg of Ethinyl Estradiol. The remaining seven pills are light green and inactive, but are taken consecutively for seven days.
Alesse has to be taken in the exact way in which it has been prescribed. Usually the first pill is taken on the first day of the menstrual period or the first Sunday after the commencement of periods. An individual taking this pill should take one pill every 24 hours and they are not supposed to miss a dose as it may lead to pregnancy. The pack comprises of 28 pills of which 7 pills are reminders that makes the period cycle regular.
Important safety information
Before taking Alesse, read and follow the important drug safety information provided below:
- The drug should not be taken by someone who is pregnant or recently had a baby. Postpartum women can check with their doctors on when it would be safe to take oral contraceptives.
- Alesse is not indicated for use in persons who have ailments like high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes, epilepsy, depression, underactive thyroid, obesity, irregular menstruation, tuberculosis, blood clotting problems, liver or kidney disease, cancer, vaginal bleeding, jaundice, prior incidence of heart attack or stroke, and regular smoking.
- In case you miss a dose of Alesse, alternative contraceptives like condoms may be used just to be safe.
- Breast-feeding is not recommended as it can affect the nursing child.
- Risk of pregnancy may change as some drugs can alter the effectiveness of Alesse. Check with your doctor for adverse drug interactions for any kind of drug that you may be otherwise taking.
Common side effects that are experienced by women taking this pill are
- Tender breasts
- Vaginal discharge
- Change in menstrual periods
- Reduced sex drive
- Loss of appetite and weight
Serious side effects like problems with vision, chest pain, sudden numbness felt on one side of the body and rapid breathing may occur while you are on Alesse and should be treated by an authorized physician immediately. The side effects can be minimized when the pill is taken in the right way.
Interactions with other drugs
Drug interactions that happen while taking this drug may reduce the efficacy of the drug. The drugs that interact with Alesse are antibiotics, medications taken to treat seizures, HIV and AIDS medication. So it is better to consult a doctor so you can avoid taking any of these drugs together.
Taking other birth control pills along with this medication can cause adverse effects.