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Specific Concerns With Amethia Lo

Specific Amethia Lo Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this contraceptive include the following:
  • Combined oral contraceptives increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. These risks are quite minimal for healthy, young nonsmokers. However, tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, or chest pain.
  • Smoking cigarettes significantly increases the risk for serious Amethia Lo side effects, such as heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
  • Even though you will have fewer scheduled periods while taking Amethia Lo (only four periods per year), many women have breakthrough bleeding between periods. This bleeding may be inconvenient and unpredictable. Keep taking Amethia Lo as usual, but make sure to contact your healthcare provider if the bleeding is heavy.
  • Early studies have suggested that combined oral contraceptives may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved and controversial issue; more recent studies have indicated that this may not really be a problem. However, combined oral contraceptives seem to help protect women against ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Birth control pills are sometimes not the best contraceptive choice for obese women. They may be less effective in these women, and obese women may be at a higher risk for some of the serious Amethia Lo side effects.
  • Amethia Lo does not protect against HIV, AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many cases, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Amethia Lo.
  • Oral contraceptives increase the risk of benign (noncancerous) liver tumors. In rare cases, these tumors can rupture and cause serious problems.
  • Hormonal contraceptives, including Amethia Lo, can make gallbladder disease worse. If you have had a problem with your gallbladder, this medication may not be the best contraceptive method for you.
  • Amethia Lo may increase blood sugar levels, particularly in women with diabetes. As a result, your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely.
  • Let your healthcare provider know if you have any sudden vision changes, as this may be a sign of a blood clot in the eyes, a possible side effect of Amethia Lo and other hormonal contraceptives.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you are taking Amethia Lo and you experience a migraine for the first time, or a change in your migraines if you have had them before.
  • Amethia Lo can change your menstrual bleeding patterns. Some women have breakthrough bleeding (bleeding between periods), while others may not have a period at all. It is normal to have shorter and lighter periods while using Amethia Lo. However, if you notice any unusual changes in your bleeding patterns, let your healthcare provider know. If you miss a period, you should make sure you are not pregnant.
  • Sometimes, hormonal contraceptives can make depression worse. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop new or worsening depression symptoms while taking Amethia Lo.
  • As with any other hormonal contraceptive, Amethia Lo can occasionally cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
  • Amethia Lo is a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see LoSeasonique and Pregnancy, as Amethia Lo is a generic version of LoSeasonique).
  • Contraceptive hormones pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see LoSeasonique and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives are generally not recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
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