Yasmin (Drospirenone/Ethinyl Estradiol)
Yasmin is a birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy. Yasmin contains the hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol.
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious heart-related side effects (such as blood clots, stroke, and heart attack) from use of birth control pills, such as Yasmin. The risk increases with age (especially if you are >35 years old and smoke). Do not smoke while you are taking birth control pills.
Birth control pills increase your risk of serious blood clots, especially if you smoke, are obese, or are >35 years old. This increased risk is highest when you first start taking birth control pills and when you restart the same or different birth control pills after not using them for a month or more. This risk is higher if you take birth control pills with drospirenone (like Yasmin) than if you take birth control pills that do not contain drospirenone.
Tell your doctor if you plan to have a major surgery. Your doctor will tell you when to stop taking Yasmin before the surgery and when to restart it after the surgery.
Yasmin does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Some women miss periods or have light periods when they take birth control pills, even when they are not pregnant. Contact your doctor for advice if you think you are pregnant, miss one period and have not taken your birth control pills on time every day, or if you miss two periods in a row.
Yasmin contains the progestin drospirenone. Women who use birth control pills with drospirenone may have a higher risk of getting a blood clot.
Drospirenone may increase your potassium levels. During the first month that you take Yasmin, your doctor will order a blood test to check your potassium levels.
If you have vomiting or diarrhea, your birth control pills may not work as well. Take another pill if you vomit within 3-4 hours after taking your pill, or use another birth control method, like condoms or spermicide, until you check with your doctor.