- Conjugated Estrogens
- Cyproterone Acetate–Ethinyl Estradiol
- Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol
- Drospirenone–Ethinyl Estradiol
- Levonorgestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol
- Generic drugs are chemically identical to brand-name drugs in terms of active ingredient(s), intended use, quality, dosage, safety, bioavailability and effectiveness.
- Generic drugs are cheaper than brand-name drugs.
What is Generic for Alesse* used for?
Generic for Alesse* (Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol) is an oral contraceptive (birth control pill) used for the prevention of pregnancy in women. This combination medication is composed of female hormones, namely levonorgestrel (progestin) and ethinyl Estradiol (estrogen). Generic for Alesse* works by preventing ovulation and causing changes in the mucus of the cervix. This makes it harder for sperm to penetrate into the uterus. It also prevents the attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus. This medication may also be prescribed to regulate the menstrual cycle as well as treat acne in women. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Alesse*?
The dosage of Generic for Alesse* prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Generic for Alesse*. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
The recommended dosage of Generic for Alesse* is one tablet to be taken daily for 21 consecutive days. When you finish taking the first pack of the medicine, do not take it for the next seven days. The next pack is to be started on Day 8 after the last pill. It is best to take the pill at the same time each day, preferably at the evening meal or at bed time.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Alesse*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Alesse* medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. Thus, the last missed pill should be taken as soon as it is remembered, even if this means taking two pills in one day. You may get pregnant if you do not use this medication regularly. Hence, furthermore, a supplementary contraceptive method such as either condom, spermicidal cream, jelly, or foam should be used for at least seven consecutive days after pills are missed.
What if you overdose on Generic for Alesse*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Alesse*, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and vaginal bleeding.
What other drugs could interact with Generic for Alesse*?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Alesse*.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Generic for Alesse*, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Generic for Alesse* can interact with medicines used for treating HIV/AIDS, antidiabetic medications, antacids, anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, protease inhibitors, antihypertensive medications, beta-blockers, seizure medicines, and corticosteroids.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Generic for Alesse*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Alesse* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Alesse* are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Generic for Alesse* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Alesse* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
The common side effects of Generic for Alesse* are diarrhea, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and irregular vaginal bleeding. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are high blood pressure, difficulty breathing, changes in vision, depression, breast tenderness, chest pain, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Generic for Alesse*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Alesse*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Alesse* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Alesse*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Alesse*?
How will Generic for Alesse* work in my body?
How should Generic for Alesse* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Alesse* drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Generic for Alesse* should not be used during pregnancy. Also, this medication is not recommended if you are breast-feeding your baby. Before using this medicine, inform your doctor if you have migraine, diabetes, liver disease, or unusual vaginal bleeding. Avoid smoking cigarettes while taking Generic for Alesse*, as smoking increases the risk of a heart attack.