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Yasmin is a medicine that can prevent ovulation as well as brings about certain changes in the mucous lining of the cervix as well as uterus which makes it difficult not only for the sperm to reach the uterus but also for the fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Yasmin is extensively used as a contraceptive pill which has ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone as the major constituents. Beside this, Yasmin is also used in the treatment of moderate acne in females who have attained the minimum age of fourteen and are reproductively functional.

Things to keep in mind before prescribing this medicine:

Yasmin has the potential to cause birth defects in the developing fetus, hence, this medicine is not recommended for pregnant woman. Administration of this medicine is usually avoided under the following conditions: –
• History of blood clot or stroke;
• Defect in the heart valve;
• Cardiovascular or circulation problems resulting from diabetes or other factors;
• Cancer of breast or uterus;
• Kidney or liver disease;
• Abnormal bleeding from the vagina;
• Defect in the adrenal gland;
• Migraine;
• Jaundice caused due to intake of contraceptive pills;
• Allergy to ethinyl estradiol or drospirenone;
• Extremely high blood pressure;
• High cholesterol level in blood;
• Obesity;
• Liver cancer;
• Disease of the gallbladder;
• Seizure or epilepsy;
• Pregnancy;
• Irregularity in the menstrual cycle.
Yasmin falls under FDA pregnancy category X which means that this medicine can cause birth defects in the developing embryo during pregnancy. The hormones present in the medicine can even pass into breast milk of the new born baby and harm it. Besides this, Yasmin also decreases the rate of milk production in the mother.

What are the principal side effects associated with this medicine?

Yasmin may exhibit various types of side effects which includes the following: –
• Allergic reactions leading to hives, swelling of face, lips, throat and tongue, difficulty in breathing, etc;
• Sudden numbness on one side of the body;
• Headache, pain behind eyes, blurred vision, confusion, problems in balance and speech;
• Chest pain spreading to the arms, nausea, headache, sweating;
• Migraine headaches;
• Lump in the breast, stomach ache, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, dark urine and jaundice;
• Depression.


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