Generic Yaz, An Innovative Birth Control Pill
Drospirenone eth estra (generic Yaz) has been called innovative because its unique form of progestin, drospirenone, is a diuretic which may offset the weight gain that is usually caused by hormonal birth control pills containing estrogen. It also contains a lower dose of estrogen than other birth control pills.
Besides birth control, drospirenone eth estra is FDA-approved to treat:
- Acne in adults and children as young as 14
- PMDD, characterized by sadness and depression in some women around the time of menstruation.
Since Yaz, contains 20 micrograms (.02 milligrams) of estrogen, Yaz is considered ultra-low dose. Most birth control pills contain 30 micrograms (.03 milligrams) of estrogen.
What Is Drospirenone Eth Estra?
Drospirenone eth estra is also sold under the generic “brand” names Gianvi, Vestura, Nikki and Loryna. Each dose of drospirenone eth estra contains 3mg of drospirenone and 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol. Drospirenone is a progestin and ethinyl estradiol is an estrogen.
Since this generic Yaz birth control pill contains two hormones, a progestin and an estrogen, it is a Combination Oral Contraceptive (COC). A pill that only contains progestin only is a Progestin Only Pill (POP).
Additionally, since the amount of each hormone in generic Yaz is the same in each pill, it is classified as a monophasic combination birth control pill.
What is Progestin and Ethinyl Estradiol?
Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol are synthetic variations of the endogenous sex hormones progesterone and estrogen. All birth control pills use synthetic sex hormones. The scientifically-produced hormones do not have all of the properties of the hormones made by the body (endogenous), so their mechanic of action is different and prevents pregnancy. The natural, non-synthetic “pure” forms of the hormones progesterone and estrogen are central to reproduction.
How Does Drospirenone Eth Estra Work?
The active ingredients estrogen and progestin offer a three-pronged strategy to prevent pregnancy.
First, the pill reduces the chance of ovulation. Next line of defense: if ovulation does occur, the sperm will have a difficult time fertilizing the egg due to changes in cervical mucus. However, if by chance the sperm succeeds at fertilization, the egg will have low success attaching to the uterus due to thinning of the uterine lining.
Although no contraceptive is 100% effective, drospirenone eth estra and other combination oral contraceptives are 91% effective when taken as instructed according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Take drospirenone eth estra every day for 24 days. The last four pills in the pack are inactive pills that are optional. They are considered reminder pills because they help to continue the habit of taking a pill every day.
As with all birth control pills, drospirenone eth estra is most effective when taken at the same time every day.
What Are Off-Label Uses For Generic Yaz?
- Treat acne in adults and children as young as 14
- Reduce heavy menstrual bleeding (Menorrhagia)
- Reduce the risk of ovarian cysts
- Help ease painful menstruation (Dysmenorrhea)
What Are Possible Side Effects of Generic Yaz?
For a full list of side effects and full information about the medicine, see written details enclosed with your prescription. Some but not all of the possible side effects of drospirenone eth estra include.
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Darkening of the skin
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Breast tenderness
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