How Caziant Works and Treatment Instructions
How Does Caziant Work?Caziant belongs to a group of birth control pills known as combined oral contraceptives, which means that it contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (desogestrel). Combined oral contraceptives are the most commonly used type of birth control pills.
The hormones in Caziant prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, it also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, less important ways. Caziant 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.
The drug also alters the lining of the uterus (the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Caziant is a triphasic birth control pill, which means that there are three different "phases" of pills in each pack, plus the last week of tablets with no active ingredients. Each week has a different amount of the progesterone hormone in Caziant. This is why it is very important to take the pills in the correct order.
When and How to Use CaziantGeneral considerations to keep in mind when taking Caziant include the following:
- Caziant comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day, every day, at the same time each day.
- You can take the medication with food or on an empty stomach. If Caziant bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Each pack contains 28 pills. Be sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one right away. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
- It is very important that you take Caziant every day, at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that will be easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
- Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for a week.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.