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Precautions and Warnings With Mono-Linyah

Specific Mono-Linyah Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this contraceptive include the following:
  • When taken correctly, Mono-Linyah is quite effective at preventing pregnancy. However, it becomes much less effective if taken incorrectly. Make sure you understand exactly how to take this pill, including how and when to start it and what to do if you miss pills.
  • Combined oral contraceptives, including Mono-Linyah, increase the risk of life-threatening problems, such as 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 significantly increases the risk for serious Mono-Linyah side effects, such as heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
  • Like other birth control pills, Mono-Linyah does not protect against HIV, AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many cases, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Mono-Linyah.
  • Combined oral contraceptives may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved and controversial issue. However, combined oral contraceptives 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. If you have had a problem with your gallbladder, this medication may not be the best contraceptive method for you.
  • Mono-Linyah may increase blood sugar levels, particularly in women with diabetes. As a result, 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 Mono-Linyah and other hormonal contraceptives.
  • Mono-Linyah 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 this drug. 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.
  • Sometimes, hormonal contraceptives can make depression worse. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop new or worsening depression symptoms while taking Mono-Linyah.
  • As with any other hormonal contraceptive, Mono-Linyah can occasionally cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
  • Mono-Linyah is a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see Ortho-Cyclen and Pregnancy).
  • Contraceptive hormones, such as the ones in Mono-Linyah, pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the pill (see Ortho-Cyclen and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives are generally not recommended for breastfeeding women.
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