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Women who are about to take Amethia Lo need to tell their healthcare provider if they have depression, migraines, or diabetes. Other precautions for Amethia Lo include warnings of potential drug interactions and an increased risk for blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. Women should not take this birth control pill if they have a history of breast cancer, stroke, or heart disease.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Amethia™ Lo (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) if you have:
  • Depression
  • Problems with your heart valves
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
  • An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Diabetes
  • Chest pain
  • A history of a heart attack or stroke
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver tumors
  • Migraines
  • A history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
  • Are obese
  • Have an upcoming surgery
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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