Loseasonique

Generic Name: Levonorgestrel

  • What is Loseasonique?

    Loseasonique tablets are birth control pills used to prevent pregnancy. Loseasonique contains two female hormones, an estrogen and a progestin.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Loseasonique?

    Do not use Loseasonique if you smoke cigarettes and are over 35 years old. Smoking increases your risk of serious heart problems (including heart attack, blood clots, or stroke) from using birth control pills. This risk increases with age and the number of cigarettes you smoke.

    Birth control pills help lower your chances of becoming pregnant. They do not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.

    Use a back-up or alternative method of contraception when you are taking certain medications with birth control pills (ask your doctor for a list of these medications).

    If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, Loseasonique may reduce your breast milk production. This is less likely to occur if breastfeeding is well established.

    If you start Loseasonique after giving birth, and have not yet had a period, use an additional method of contraception until you take an orange tablet for 7 consecutive days.

    Do not skip any pills, even if you do not have sex often.

  • Who should not take Loseasonique?

    Do not take Loseasonique if you are allergic to it, to any of its ingredients, or to similar products. Also, do not take Loseasonique if you have a history of breast cancer or any cancer that is sensitive to female hormones; liver disease, including liver tumors; blood clots in your arms, legs, or lungs; stroke, heart attack, or heart problems such as valve problems or heart rhythm abnormalities; an inherited blood disorder that makes the blood clot more than normal; uncontrolled high blood pressure; diabetes with kidney, eye, or blood vessel damage; or certain kinds of severe migraine headaches, numbness, weakness, or changes in vision.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Loseasonique?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Loseasonique. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, HIV (AIDS), problems with blood circulation, and kidney or liver problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Take the first orange tablet on the Sunday after your period begins, even if you are still bleeding. Take one orange tablet each day for 84 consecutive days, followed by one yellow tablet a day for 7 days.

  • How should I take Loseasonique?

    Before you start taking Loseasonique, be sure to read the directions. Take Loseasonique once a day, at the same time every day, for 91 consecutive days. To achieve the maximum contraceptive effectiveness, you must take Loseasonique exactly as prescribed, and at intervals not exceeding 24 hours. Please follow the instructions on the patient handout that comes with your prescription.

  • What should I avoid while taking Loseasonique?

    Do not smoke or become pregnant while you are taking Loseasonique. Do not skip pills even if you are spotting or bleeding between periods, feel sick to your stomach (nausea), or do not have sex very often.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Loseasonique?

    If Loseasonique is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Loseasonique with the following: antibiotics, barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), bosentan, carbamazepine, felbamate, griseofulvin, HIV medications, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, St. John's wort, or topiramate.

  • What are the possible side effects of Loseasonique?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: acne, back pain, bloating, blood clots, breast tenderness, chest pain, depression, gallbladder problems, headache, high blood pressure, nausea, spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods, vomiting, weight changes

  • Can I receive Loseasonique if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not use Loseasonique if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Loseasonique?

    If you miss a dose of Loseasonique, take it as soon as you remember. Take the next pill at your regular time. This means you can take two pills in the same day. You do not need a back-up birth control method if you have sex. If you miss two or more pills, consult the patient information that accompanied your prescription, or call your pharmacist or doctor for advice.

  • How should I store Loseasonique?

    Store at room temperature.