Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from oral-contraceptive use. This risk increases with age and with the extent of smoking (in epidemiologic studies, 15 or more cigarettes per day was associated with a significantly increased risk) and is quite marked in women over 35 years of age. Women who use oral contraceptives should be strongly advised not to smoke.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
21 pink active tablets each containing 0.10 mg of levonorgestrel, d(-)-13(beta)-ethyl-17(alpha)-ethinyl-17(beta)-hydroxygon-4-en-3-one, a totally synthetic progestogen, and 0.02 mg of ethinyl estradiol, 17(alpha)-ethinyl-1,3,5(10)-estratriene-3, 17(beta)-diol.
Oral contraceptives are indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception.
Published Studies Related to Alesse (Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol)
Haemostatic effects of a new combined oral contraceptive, nomegestrol acetate/17beta-estradiol, compared with those of levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol. A double-blind, randomised study. [2011.03]
Use of oral contraceptives (OC) that combine a progestogen with synthetic ethinyl estradiol (EE) is associated with increased risk of venous thromboembolism. NOMAC/E2 is a new monophasic OC that combines nomegestrol acetate (NOMAC), a highly selective progestogen, with 17beta-estradiol (E2)...
Continuous, daily levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol vs. 21-day, cyclic levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol: efficacy, safety and bleeding in a randomized, open-label trial. [2009.12]
BACKGROUND: This Phase 3, randomized, open-label, multicenter study conducted at 44 sites in Europe evaluated the safety and efficacy of a continuous, daily regimen of levonorgestrel (LNG) 90 mcg/ethinyl estradiol (EE) 20 mcg compared with a 21-day, cyclic LNG 100 mcg/EE 20 mcg regimen... CONCLUSIONS: Continuous LNG 90 mcg/EE 20 mcg was shown to be a safe and effective OC in this direct comparison to a cyclic OC. Suppression of menses and the potential for no bleeding requiring sanitary protection may be provided by this continuous, low-dose OC.
A 1-year randomized study to evaluate the effects of a dose reduction in oral contraceptives on lipids and carbohydrate metabolism: 20 microg ethinyl estradiol combined with 100 microg levonorgestrel. [2005.02]
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact on lipid and carbohydrate variables of a combined one-third ethinyl estradiol (EE)/levonorgestrel (LNG) dose reduction in oral contraceptives... CONCLUSION: Similar effects on the lipid and carbohydrate profiles were found for both preparations. The balanced one-third EE dose reduction in this new oral contraceptive caused slightly lower, but insignificant, changes in the lipid and carbohydrate variables compared with the reference treatment.
Superior cycle control with a contraceptive vaginal ring compared with an oral contraceptive containing 30 microg ethinylestradiol and 150 microg levonorgestrel: a randomized trial. [2005.02]
BACKGROUND: This trial was conducted to compare cycle control with vaginal ring a combined contraceptive vaginal ring, and a combined oral contraceptive (COC) delivering 30 mug ethinylestradiol (EE) and 150 mug levonorgestrel... CONCLUSIONS: Cycle control with vaginal ring was excellent and superior to that of a COC containing 30 mug EE.
A comparative study of monophasic oral contraceptives containing either drospirenone 3 mg or levonorgestrel 150 microg on premenstrual symptoms. [2005.01]
This open-label randomized study compared the effects of two combined oral contraceptives (OCs) containing 3 mg drospirenone (DRSP)/30 microg ethinyl estradiol (EE) with 150 microg levonorgestrel (LNG)/30 microg EE on the prevalence and changes from baseline of premenstrual symptoms after six cycles...
Clinical Trials Related to Alesse (Levonorgestrel / Ethinyl Estradiol)
Effects of Administration of Fostamatinib on Blood Concentrations of an Oral Contraceptive in Healthy Female Subjects [Recruiting]
A crossover study to assess the effect of repeated doses of fostamatinib on the levels of
oral contraceptive (Microgynon® 30) in the blood of healthy female subjects. The study will
consist of a screening period of up to 35 days, followed by 2 treatment periods (28 days
each) of an oral contraceptive (Microgynon® 30) in the absence and presence of fostamatinib.
The study will also evaluate the safety and tolerability of fostamatinib in combination
with an oral contraceptive
AZD6140 Oral Contraceptive Interaction Study [Recruiting]
Observational Trial With Leios/Alesse [Completed]
A prospective, observational study (Anwendungsbeobachtung [AWB]) of the prescribing and
administration practices of German gynecologists with Leios® Dragées.
A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Seasonique for the Treatment of Cyclic Pelvic Pain [Completed]
This study is being conducted to evaluate the effects of treatment with Seasonique an
extended-regimen oral contraceptive that utilizes low dose ethinyl estradiol during the
typical hormone-free interval. Patients will receive 26 weeks of treatment. The overall
study duration will be approximately 9 months. Patients will be required to record menstrual
pain in a daily diary.
A Study to Investigate the Potential Pharmacokinetic Interaction of Perampanel With Oral Contraceptives in Healthy Female Subjects [Recruiting]
PATIENT REVIEWS / RATINGS / COMMENTS
Based on a total of 2 ratings/reviews, Alesse has an overall score of 8.50. The effectiveness score is 10 and the side effect score is 9. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst.
Alesse review by 24 year old female patient
|Overall rating:|| || |
|Effectiveness:|| || Highly Effective|
|Side effects:|| || No Side Effects|
|Condition / reason:|| || PREVENT PREGNANCY|
|Dosage & duration:|| || 1 PILL taken once a day for 28 days for the period of 2 YEARS|
|Other conditions:|| || HPV|
|Other drugs taken:|| || NONE|
|Benefits:|| || THE PILL WORKED VERY WELL WITH MY BODY. IT DIDN'T HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS ON ME LIKE SOME OTHER BIRTH CONTRACEPTION PILLS|
|Side effects:|| || I DID NOT HAVE ANY NOTICEABLE SIDE EFFECTS|
|Comments:|| || TAKE THE PILL ONCE A DAY ABOUT THE SAME TIME FOR 28 DAYS AND THEN STOP TAKING IT FOR A WEEK TO START MY MENSTRUAL CYCLE.|
Alesse review by 20 year old female patient
|Overall rating:|| || |
|Effectiveness:|| || Highly Effective|
|Side effects:|| || Mild Side Effects|
|Condition / reason:|| || pregnancy prevention|
|Dosage & duration:|| || 1 pill taken daily for the period of 1 1/2 years|
|Other conditions:|| || none|
|Other drugs taken:|| || none|
|Benefits:|| || Pregnancy prevention, regulation of menstrual cycle.|
|Side effects:|| || nausea, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, decreased libido. not severe, but also not enjoyable. The symptoms seem to be getting very gradually more noticeable, but it could be due to other things, such as increased stress.|
|Comments:|| || Take an active pill at the same time each day for 21 days, and take no pills for 7 days, during which your period should arrive. Resume the next pack after 7 days of no pills.|
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