Aviane (Ethinyl Estradiol/Levonorgestrel)
Aviane is a birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy. Aviane contains the hormones levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol.
Cigarette smoking can increase your risk of serious side effects on your heart and blood vessels, including heart attack, blood clots, or stroke. This risk increases with age, especially if you are >35 years and if you smoke ≥15 cigarettes a day. Do not smoke if you are taking Aviane.
Aviane can increase your risk of heart attack, clotting disorders, stroke, gallbladder disease, or liver tumors. These risks increase if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, tendency to form blood clots, or obesity. Tell your doctor right away if you experience sharp chest pain, coughing of blood, sudden shortness of breath, pain in your calfs, sudden severe headache or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, disturbances of vision or speech, weakness or numbness in your arms or legs, loss of vision, abdominal (stomach) pain or tenderness, or jaundice (yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes) accompanied by fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, or light-colored bowel movements.
Aviane can increase your risk of developing cancer of your breasts or reproductive organs. Ask your doctor to show you how to examine your breasts. Tell your doctor right away if you notice lumps in your breasts.
You can experience breakthrough bleeding or spotting while you are taking birth control pills, especially during the first 3 months of use. You may also have irregular periods. If you have missed more than two periods in a row, use a pregnancy test to determine if you are pregnant. Do not use Aviane if you are pregnant.
Aviane is intended to prevent pregnancy. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.