What is Alesse and when is it used?
Alesse is a contraceptive pill which is in fact synthetic progesterone of the second generation, with the generic name of levonorgestrel. Alesse works by preventing ovulation which is the process of releasing the egg from an ovary and also by causing certain changes in the uterine lining, further reducing the chances of conception. If used properly, Alesse makes conception and pregnancy virtually impossible, with only theoretical chances of becoming pregnant.
Talking about Alesse with the physician
The first and one of the most important steps toward a beneficial and risk-free Alesse regimen is talking to your doctor. It is possible to get Alesse without prescription these days, but this does not mean that you should skip consultations with your physician. There are multiple reasons for this and one of the most important ones is that your doctor will be able to tell you if you can safely use this medication. There are different conditions that are considered contraindications for taking Alesse and you have to inform your doctor in case you are suffering from any of the following: heart valve disorder, severely high blood pressure, severe migraines, abnormal vaginal bleeding, circulation issues (diabetes), liver cancer or disease, hormone-related cancers, history of blood clots or strokes, history of jaundice which was caused by contraceptive pills.
In some other cases, you might still be prescribed Alesse, but your doctor needs to be aware of these if they are true in your case: tuberculosis, uterine fibroid tumors, epilepsy, diabetes, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, heart disease, angina, high blood pressure, history of heart attacks, breast lumps, nodules or fibrocystic breast disease, as well as history of irregular menstrual cycles.
Your doctor will also be able to tell you exactly how to use Alesse and what to be careful about when using these pills. They will also be able to answer any questions you might have before you start using the drug.
Proper use of Alesse
It is of utmost importance to use Alesse exactly as prescribed. You should never take doses that are larger or smaller than the ones prescribed to you, nor should you discontinue the use of Alesse before your doctor tells you to. Your Alesse regimen will start either on the first day of the period or the first Sunday once the period starts. In the first few days or so, you might need to use additional birth control methods, like for example condoms. It is important that you take one pill every 24 hours, in regular intervals. If you skip doses or change times at which you take them, you are increasing the chances that the regimen will fail and that you become pregnant. In case you skip any doses, consult your doctor or a pharmacist about what you need to do. If you are scheduled for any types of tests or surgery, you will need to let the medical staff in advance as you might be required to discontinue Alesse for a while before it.
Which side effects might be caused by Alesse?
Alesse is usually well-tolerated, but some side effects are possible. The most common side effects are not severe and they include vaginal discharge or itching, nervousness, headache, tiredness, dizziness, changes in sex drive, issues with contact lenses, weight change, change in appetite, changes to hair growth, freckles, breast tenderness, swelling or pain, stomach cramps, vomiting, bloating and mild nausea. Less common side effects are more serious and luckily very rare. These include: symptoms of depression, jaundice, dark urine, change in migraine headaches, swelling of the feet, ankles or hands, chest pains, sweating, pain that spreads to the shoulder, sudden headaches, confusion, vision problems, pain behind your eyes, speech or balance issues, sudden weakness or numbness, especially one-sided. In case you experience any of these more serious side effects of Alesse, contact your doctor at once.
Alesse interactions and overdose
Before you take any other medications in combination with Alesse, make sure you talk about it with your doctor first. Otherwise you might experience certain interactions, especially with drugs like: prednisolone, acetaminophen, theophylline, St. John’s wort, cyclosporine, seizure medications, antibiotics, HIV medications and barbiturate sedatives. In fact, you need to check any substances, vitamins, supplements, etc, before you use them concomitantly with Alesse.
In case you suspect an overdose on Alesse, make sure you call emergency medical services. The symptoms of an Alesse overdose might include: vaginal bleeding, vomiting and nausea.
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