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Specific Safety Concerns With Balziva

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Balziva

Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using Balziva include the following:
  • Combined oral contraceptives (including Balziva) can cause life-threatening conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. This risk is minimal for healthy, young, nonsmoking women. Make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, or chest pain. Smoking cigarettes greatly increases the risk of these serious Balziva side effects. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
  • Balziva is very effective at preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. However, it becomes much less effective if taken incorrectly. Most cases of accidental pregnancy while taking "the pill" (including Balziva) occur when the pill is not taken correctly. Make sure you understand exactly how to take Balziva (including how and when to start it and what to do if you miss any pills).
  • Balziva can interact with a number of different medications, possibly increasing the risk of unintentional pregnancy (see Drug Interactions With Balziva for more information).
  • Like any birth control pill, Balziva does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV or AIDS. It is often wise to use condoms in addition to Balziva, in order to prevent the transmission of STDs.
  • Combined oral contraceptives (including Balziva) may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved issue. However, combined oral contraceptives seem to help protect women against ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Oral contraceptives increase the risk of benign (non-cancerous) liver tumors. Very rarely, these tumors can rupture and cause serious problems.
  • Hormonal contraceptives (such as Balziva) can make gallbladder disease worse. If you have had a problem with your gallbladder, Balziva may not be the best contraceptive method for you.
  • Balziva may increase blood sugar levels, particularly in women with diabetes. 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 Balziva and other hormonal contraceptives).
  • Hormonal contraceptives (including Balziva) can increase your blood pressure. This can be a problem if you already have high blood pressure.
  • Balziva 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 Balziva. 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.
  • Balziva can affect your cholesterol. Your healthcare provider may need to check your cholesterol levels after you start Balziva, especially if you already have high cholesterol.
  • Sometimes, hormonal contraceptives can make depression worse. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop new or worsening depression symptoms.
  • Occasionally, Balziva (as well as any other hormonal contraceptive) can cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
  • Balziva is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see Ovcon and Pregnancy).
  • Contraceptive hormones (such as the ones in Balziva) pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the contraceptive (see Ovcon and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives (such as Balziva) are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
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