Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Jolessa, LoSeasonique, Quasense, Seasonale, Seasonique
Generic Name: ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (extended-cycle) (Pronunciation: ETH in ill ess tra DYE ol and lee voe nor JESS trel)
What is ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel extended-cycle (Jolessa, LoSeasonique, Quasense, Seasonale, Seasonique)?
Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel extended-cycle contains a combination of female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel extended-cycle may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel extended-cycle (Jolessa, LoSeasonique, Quasense, Seasonale, Seasonique)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel extended-cycle (Jolessa, LoSeasonique, Quasense, Seasonale, Seasonique)?
Do not use ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel extended-cycle if you are pregnant or recently had a baby.
Do not use this medication if you have: a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems, breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe high blood pressure, migraine headaches, a heart valve disorder, or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills.
You may need to use back-up birth control when you first start using this medication.
Some drugs can make birth control pills less effective, which may result in pregnancy. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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