Understanding How Balziva Works and Taking It Safely
Drug InteractionsBalziva can interact with several other medications (see Drug Interactions With Balziva).
What If I Take a Balziva Overdose?Women who take too much Balziva may experience the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vaginal bleeding or other menstrual irregularities (in women and girls).
(Click Ovcon Overdose for more information.)
Storage MethodsKeep Balziva tablets in their original package. The packaging is designed to help you remember to take the tablets each day and to take the pills in the correct order. Keep the package at room temperature, away from moisture or heat.
Keep Balziva and all other medications out of the reach of children.
What If I Miss a Dose of Balziva?Missing doses of Balziva increases the risk of pregnancy. What you should do depends on how many tablets you have missed and where exactly you are in your cycle (see Balziva Dosing). If you are not sure what to do, refer to the patient information that comes with each pack of Balziva, or consult your healthcare provider.
How Does Balziva Work?Balziva is a "combined" oral contraceptive, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norethindrone). Combined oral contraceptives are the most common type of birth control pills used today. Generally, combined oral contraceptives are more effective than progestin-only birth control pills.
Most importantly, the hormones in Balziva prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Balziva changes the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. Lastly, Balziva alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.