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Ensuring Your Safety With Zeosa

Specific Zeosa Warnings and Precautions

Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this contraceptive include the following:
  • Combined oral contraceptives, including Zeosa, increase the risk of 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 greatly increases the risk of these serious Zeosa side effects. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35. 
  • Even though Zeosa is highly effective, your risk of pregnancy greatly increases if you do not take it exactly as directed.
  • 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 Zeosa.
  • Zeosa can react with a number of different medications (see Drug Interactions With Zeosa). Some of these interactions are severe enough to increase the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
  • Hormonal contraceptives, including Zeosa, can increase your blood pressure. This can be a problem if you already have high blood pressure.
  • 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 such as Zeosa 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.
  • Zeosa 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 Zeosa and other hormonal contraceptives).
  • The medication 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 Zeosa. 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. 
  • Zeosa can affect your cholesterol. Your healthcare provider may need to check your cholesterol levels after you start the drug, 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 Zeosa.
  • Occasionally, Zeosa (as well as any other hormonal contraceptive) can cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
  • Zeosa is considered a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see Femcon Fe and Pregnancy; Zeosa is a generic version of Femcon Fe).
  • Contraceptive hormones, such as the ones in Zeosa, 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 Femcon Fe and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.

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