Alesse is a contraceptive used for preventing pregnancy in women.
The drug is a combination drug that contains female hormones. It acts by preventing ovulation (release of eggs from the ovary). It also changes the uterine lining and the cervical mucus. As the cervical mucus changes, the sperm finds it hard to enter the egg. Moreover the follicle finds it hard to cling on the uterus wall once the uterine line is changed.
You should have to start taking Alesse on the first day of your periods or on the first Sunday after the periods have begun. If you are using a 28-day pack, it contains seven reminder pills. Take only one pill every day, with a gap of 24 hours between two doses. Once a pack finishes, start a new pack of pills. During the first three months, you are likely to have bleeding. But do not discontinue the drug. If the bleeding worsens, contact your doctor.
It is better not to take more than what your doctor has prescribed. Moreover, do not miss any pill as it only increases the chances of pregnancy. If an Alesse pill is missed, take two pills the day you remember it. After this, you can continue with your regular pills. In case you have missed two or three pills in any of the three months, throw away the rest of the pack start a fresh pack of the contraceptive.
If you think of having taken larger amounts of the drug, tell your doctor about it immediately. Vomiting, nausea and vaginal bleeding are some of the overdose symptoms.
If you have decided to take Alesse pills, it is better to tell your doctor about all your medical conditions. You should have to inform your doctor if you have diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, angina, high cholesterol, history of depression, seizures, lumps, irregular menstrual cycles, fibrocystic breast disease abnormal mammogram, varicose veins, uterine fibroid tumors and tuberculosis.
While breast-feeding, it is better not to take Alesse pills as the drug, which can cause harm to the newborn, is traced in breast milk. While taking the drug, do not smoke, especially if you are above 35 years. Smoking only increases the risk of stroke, blood clots and heart attack sue to birth control pills.
Doctors generally do not prescribe Alesse if you have a history of a stroke, blood clot, hormone-related cancer, circulation problems, abnormal vaginal bleeding, Liver diseases, high blood pressure, migraine headaches and a history of jaundice due to birth control pills.
If you have decided to take Alesse drugs, it is better to inform your doctor about all the medicines that you are taking as some of them may interact with the contraceptive. Inform your doctor if you are using acetaminophen, prednisolone,
Theophylline, cyclosporine, antibiotics, seizure medicines, barbiturate sedative and HIV or AIDS drugs.
You may also come across many side effects when using Alesse. But it is not that every one is liable to have these side effects. If you feel any uneasiness while using Alesse plls,contact your doctor immediately.