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Specific Zenchent Fe Warnings and Precautions

Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this drug include the following:
  • Even though Zenchent Fe is very effective, your risk of pregnancy greatly increases if you do not take it exactly as directed. Find a way to help you take it at the same time, every day.
  • Combined oral contraceptives, including Zenchent Fe, increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. These risks are quite minimal for healthy, young, nonsmokers. However, 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 Zenchent Fe side effects, and this risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
  • The medication does not protect against HIV, AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many cases, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Zenchent Fe.
  • Zenchent Fe can react with a number of different medications (see Drug Interactions With Zenchent Fe). Some of these interactions are severe enough to increase the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
  • Hormonal contraceptives like Zenchent Fe can increase your blood pressure. This can be a problem if you already have high blood pressure.
  • Combined oral contraceptives may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved and controversial issue. However, they do seem to help protect women against ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Oral contraceptives increase the risk of benign (noncancerous) liver tumors. In rare cases, these tumors can rupture and cause serious problems.
  • Hormonal contraceptives can make gallbladder disease worse. Therefore, if you have had a problem with your gallbladder, this medication may not be the best contraceptive method for you.
  • Zenchent Fe may increase blood sugar levels, particularly in women with diabetes. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely in this case.
  • 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 Zenchent Fe and other hormonal contraceptives).
  • This medication 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 Zenchent Fe. However, 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.
  • Zenchent Fe can affect your cholesterol. Your healthcare provider may need to check your cholesterol levels after you start the drug, 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 symptoms of depression while taking Zenchent Fe.
  • Occasionally, Zenchent Fe (as well as any other hormonal contraceptive) can cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
  • This product is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see Femcon Fe and Pregnancy, since Zenchent Fe is a generic version of Femcon Fe®).
  • Contraceptive hormones, such as the ones in Zenchent Fe, pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Femcon Fe and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
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