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Specific Safety Concerns With Tilia Fe

Specific Tilia Fe Precautions and Warnings

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this oral contraceptive include the following:
  • Tilia Fe is effective at preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. However, it becomes much less effective when it is taken incorrectly. Most cases of accidental pregnancy while taking "the pill" (including Tilia Fe) are due to incorrect usage. Make sure you understand exactly how to take Tilia Fe, including how and when to start it and what to do if you miss pills.
  • Tilia Fe can interact with a number of different medications, possibly increasing the risk of unintentional pregnancy (see Drug Interactions With Tilia Fe for more information).
  • Like any birth control pill, Tilia Fe does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV or AIDS. As a result, women are often advised to use condoms in addition to Tilia Fe in order to prevent the transmission of STDs.
  • Combined oral contraceptives can cause life-threatening conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. The risk is quite minimal for healthy, young, nonsmoking women. 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 Tilia Fe side effects. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
  • Combined oral contraceptives may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved 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. Therefore, if you have had a problem with your gallbladder, this medication may not be the best contraceptive method for you.
  • Tilia 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 Tilia Fe and other hormonal contraceptives).
  • Hormonal contraceptives can increase your blood pressure. This can be a problem if you already have high blood pressure.
  • Tilia Fe 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 Tilia 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.
  • The medication can affect your cholesterol. Your healthcare provider may need to check your cholesterol levels after you start Tilia Fe, 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 Tilia Fe.
  • Occasionally, Tilia Fe (as well as any other hormonal contraceptive) can cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
  • Tilia Fe is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see Estrostep Fe and Pregnancy).
  • Contraceptive hormones 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 Estrostep Fe and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
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