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Specific Safety Concerns With Zenchent

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Zenchent

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