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Alesse is a hormonal contraceptive that consists of two female hormones: ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel. This medication is used to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. Alesse triggers changes in mucous membrane of the cervix and uterus. Due to this it becomes more difficult for the fertilized egg to reach the uterus.
Indication for use
Alesse can be taken by almost all women for:
• Prevention of unwanted pregnancy;
• Decreasing of short-term menopause changes;
• Prevention of ovulation.
Alesse is not recommended to use if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure; heart disease (coronary artery disease, uncontrolled heart valve failure, history of a heart attack, stroke or blood clot); blood clotting disorder or circulatory problems; diabetes-related problems with the eyes, kidneys or circulation; history of hormone-related cancer, such as breast or uterine cancer; unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor; diseases of the liver or cancer of the liver; severe migraine headaches (with aura, numbness, weakness or vision changes), especially if you are over 35; pregnancy.
Dose and usage
Alesse is released in package that contains 28 tablets, 7 of which are light-green and round and the rest 21 – pink and round. Such specific package and number of tablets is made due to your menstrual cycle.
Alesse is taken orally at the same time every 24 hours. Firstly you have to take pink tablets of Alesse and then in the last seven days of menstrual cycle – lifht-gree. Don’t miss the dose. It can lead to unwanted pregnancy.
Stop using Alesse and contact your doctor immediately if you have serious side effects such as: sudden numbness or weakness, headache, confusion, vision, speech or balance problems, chest pain, nausea, sweating, general bad feeling, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, swelling, heat or redness on one or both feet, loss of appetite, dark urine, stool of clay color, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), depression symptoms (sleep problems, weakness, fatigue, mood swings), breast tenderness or swelling, nipple, changes in menstrual periods, decrease in sexual desire.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 28.05.2021
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