Alesse product description
Besides a contraceptive effect, Alesse pills inhibit the secretion of gonadotropins and possess antiandrogenic activity. Due to these effects, Alesse reduces the sebum secretion, thus helping to prevent acne.
The drug is recommended to female adolescents aged 16 and older and to women before postmenopause. Alesse can sometimes be used as a drug for the treatment of moderate acne vulgaris in female adolescents aged 14 and older, having menarche.
For a reliable contraception and an effective acne control, the patients should comply with the dosing regimen of Alesse, indicated into the package insert and on the packaging.
The patients should avoid missing doses to achieve a stable contraceptive effect. If the delay in the drug intake does not exceed 12 hours, the contraceptive protection is not reduced, and the missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. The next Alesse dose should be taken at the usual time. If more than 12 hours pass after the last Alesse dose, the contraceptive effect of the drug is reduced, and additional measures may be required to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
The dosing regimen of Alesse, required for acne treatment, coincides with the one, used for the protection from unwanted pregnancy.
Clinical trials showed that clear or almost clear complexions and a reduction in the number of inflammatory lesions were detected in most women after 6 months of treatment with Alesse.
Each consequent Alesse package should be started after a 7-day break, during which withdrawal bleeding usually takes place.
The combined oral contraceptive Alesse should be stored in original packaging, at temperature not exceeding 30°C.
Alesse safety information
Simultaneous use of Alesse with antibiotics (tetracycline, ampicillin) may decrease the contraceptive effect of Alesse. The risk of cardiovascular side effects of Alesse pills is higher in smoking women, comparing to non-smoking women. Therefore, the patients, choosing Alesse for hormonal contraception, are recommended to quit smoking. Alesse pills are not recommended for birth control in women with active liver disease, or renal insufficiency.
Alesse should be taken with caution by the women with a history of diabetes, thrombophlebitis of superficial veins, arterial hypertension, obesity, or dyslipidemia.In lactation period, Alesse can reduce the amount of breast milk and change its composition.
Any advice on hormonal contraception and Alesse is not intended to substitute for professional family planning consultation. The online pharmacy is not responsible for the use or misinterpretation of information about Alesse and birth control methods.
Alesse side effects
Alesse side effects are similar to adverse events of other combined oral contraceptives. Alesse pills cause no serious adverse reactions in the majority of women, so they can be used for birth control for many years. Alesse birth control pills may cause in some women migraine headaches, intermenstrual spotting or bleeding, weight gain.
Less commonly, Alesse pills may increase the risk of thromboembolic events, abdominal pain, acne, dizziness, decreased libido, edema, mood changes, reversible breast enlargement, breast tenderness, gastrointestinal disorders, painful periods, urinary tract infections. As a rule, Alesse adverse events are mild to moderate, and do not require the immediate cessation of the hormonal birth control method.