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Specific Concerns With Vestura

Specific Vestura Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this contraceptive include the following:
  • Combined oral contraceptives increase the risk for blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. These risks are minimal for healthy, young nonsmokers. Make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, or chest pain. There is some concern that birth control pills that contain drospirenone, including Vestura, may be more likely to cause these problems, compared to other birth control pills, although studies have shown conflicting results.
  • 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 Vestura.
  • Vestura contains drospirenone, a hormone that can increase the level of potassium in the blood. This is not usually a problem for most healthy women. However, it can be a problem if you take other medications that also increase potassium levels (see Drug Interactions With Vestura) or if you have kidney, liver, or adrenal problems.
  • Smoking cigarettes significantly increases the risk for serious Vestura side effects, such as heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
  • Combined oral contraceptives may also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved and controversial issue. However, these contraceptives seem to help protect women against ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Oral contraceptives increase the risk for benign (noncancerous) liver tumors. In rare cases, these tumors can rupture and cause serious problems.
  • 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 Vestura and other hormonal contraceptives.
  • 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.
  • Vestura may increase blood sugar levels, particularly in women with diabetes. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely in this case.
  • If you are taking Vestura and experience a migraine for the first time, or if you develop any changes in your migraines if you have had them before, please contact your healthcare provider.
  • Vestura 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 Vestura. 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 symptoms of depression while taking Vestura.
  • As with any other hormonal contraceptive, Vestura can occasionally cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
  • Vestura is a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see Yaz and Pregnancy, as Vestura is a generic version of Yaz).
  • Contraceptive hormones, including the ones in Vestura, pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the contraceptive (see Yaz and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives are not usually recommended for women who are nursing.
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