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Vestura is approved for preventing pregnancy and treating acne in women of reproductive age. There may also be times where a healthcare provider will prescribe Vestura for other, unapproved uses, such as for the treatment of irregular menstrual periods, heavy menstrual bleeding, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This generic version of Yaz works by stopping ovulation and altering the cervical mucus and uterine lining.

An Overview of Uses for Vestura

Vestura™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription medication used to prevent pregnancy. In addition to being a birth control pill (an oral contraceptive), it is sometimes used to treat the following conditions:
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in women who desire contraception
  • Acne in women who desire contraception.
Officially, Vestura is approved for preventing pregnancy and for treating acne, but not for treating PMDD. The brand-name version of Vestura (Yaz®) is approved for all three uses. It is likely that Vestura is not approved for PMDD due to patent issues or other legal issues, rather than safety or effectiveness issues.

Vestura Uses for Acne

Acne is a common skin condition. Causes of acne can vary, but many cases are caused or worsened by hormones, particularly male hormones (known medically as androgens). Drospirenone, one of the hormones in Vestura, works against androgens, which is why Vestura may help with acne. The contraceptive is appropriate for treating acne in women who also want to take a birth control pill. If you do not desire contraception, other types of acne treatment may be more appropriate.
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