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When to Consider an Alternative to Orsythia

Who Should Not Use Orsythia?

You should not use Orsythia if you:
 
  • Are allergic to it, levonorgestrel, ethinyl estradiol, or any of the inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive components.
     
  • Have a history of breast cancer or endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus).
     
  • Have undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding.
     
  • Have headaches with neurological symptoms, such as migraines with aura.
     
  • Have diabetes that has affected your eyes, kidneys, or blood vessels.
     
  • Have uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension).
     
  • Have problems with your heart valves that increase the risk of blood clots.
     
  • Have an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that increases the risk of blood clots.
     
  • Have a disorder that causes your blood to clot too easily or have ever had a blood clot.
     
  • Have heart disease.
     
  • Have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke).
     
  • Will be having major surgery that will require you to be immobilized for several days.
     
  • Have had yellow eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use.
     
  • Have liver tumors or liver disease.
     
  • Are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
     

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which Orsythia should not be used, along with several warnings and precautions women should be aware of before using this form of contraception. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific safety concerns that may apply to you.
 
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