Who should not take SAFYRAL or YASMIN?
Do not use SAFYRAL or YASMIN if you smoke and are over age 35. Smoking increases your risk of serious side effects from the Pill, which can be life-threatening, including blood clots, stroke or heart attack. This risk increases with age and the number of cigarettes smoked.Do not use SAFYRAL or YASMIN if you have kidney, liver or adrenal disease because this could cause serious heart and health problems, or if you have or have had blood clots, certain cancers, a history of heart attack or stroke, or if you are or may be pregnant.
What are the most serious risks of taking SAFYRAL and YASMIN?SAFYRAL and YASMIN increase the risk of serious conditions, including blood clots, stroke and heart attack. The risk of blood clots is highest during the first year of use.
In addition, SAFYRAL and YASMIN each contain drospirenone, a different kind of hormone that for some may increase potassium too much. Consult your healthcare provider if you are on daily, long-term treatment for a chronic condition with medications that may also increase potassium (see below), as you should have a blood test to check your potassium level during the first month of taking SAFYRAL or YASMIN.
What medications may increase potassium?NSAIDs — ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®), naproxen (Aleve® and others) when taken long-term and daily for arthritis or other problems, potassium-sparing diuretics (spironolactone and others), potassium supplementation, ACE inhibitors (Capoten®, Vasotec®, Zestril®, and others), angiotensin-II receptor antagonists (Cozaar®, Diovan®, Avapro®, and others), aldosterone antagonists, and heparin.
What are the most common side effects?In contraception and folate clinical trials, the most common side effects were premenstrual syndrome, headache/migraine, breast pain/tenderness/discomfort, nausea/vomiting and abdominal pain/discomfort/tenderness.
SAFYRAL and YASMIN do not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) or other STDs.
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