Brand names: Seasonique
Seasonique is used to prevent pregnancy. It is an extended-regimen birth control pill that is designed to lengthen the time between your periods. Seasonique allows you to get your period every 3 months (four times a year), instead of once a month as with typical birth control pills.
Like other birth control pills, Seasonique has serious risks, which can be life threatening. They include blood clots, stroke, and heart attack. Smoking increases these risks, especially if you are more than 35 years old; therefore, women using birth control pills should not smoke. Some women should not take birth control pills, including women who have blood clots, certain cancers (especially estrogen-dependent cancers of the breast or sex organs), a history of heart attack or stroke, angina (chest pain), liver problems, or women who could be pregnant.
Birth control pills do not protect against HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, or syphilis. If there is a danger of infection, use a latex condom and spermicide in addition to birth control pills.
Each Seasonique pack contains a 3-month supply. You should take 1 pill at the same time every day for 3 months. Because all the pills in the Seasonique pack contain hormones, you should not skip any pills during the 3 months. If you miss pills you could get pregnant. This includes starting the pack late. The more pills you miss, the more likely you are to get pregnant. Do not skip pills even if you are spotting or have irregular bleeding.
You should get your period during the last week of the Seasonique pack, once every 3 months. Your period will probably last about 3 days.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Levonorgestrel, Ethinyl estradiol.
Serious, and possibly life-threatening, side effects are also possible, especially for women who smoke. Seek medical attention immediately if you have any of the following:
You should not take Seasonique if you are pregnant, or if you develop an allergic reaction to the drug. In addition, you should not use birth control pills such as Seasonique if you have any of the following:
Avoid smoking while taking Seasonique. Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious heart problems while on Levonorgestrel, Ethinyl estradiol. This risk increases with age and with the amount of smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day). Also, avoid using Seasonique before or during early pregnancy.
Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Seasonique. Also, inform the doctor about your entire medical history, especially if you or a family member has ever had any of the following:
If Seasonique is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Seasonique with the following:
AntibioticsAnticonvulsantsBarbituratesCarbamazepineFelbamateGriseofulvinOxcarbazepinePhenylbutazonePhenytoinRifampinSt. John's wortTopiramate
You should not take Seasonique if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The dosage of Seasonique is 1 light blue-green tablet for 84 consecutive days, followed by 7 days of yellow tablets. Your period will start when you are taking the yellow tablets.
While any medication taken in excess can cause overdose, the risk associated with birth control pills is minimal. Even young children who have taken large amounts of birth control pills have not experienced serious side effects. However, if you suspect an overdose, seek medical help immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea and withdrawal bleeding in women.