- 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 Apri* used for?
Generic for Apri* (Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol) is an oral contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. This birth control pill is a combination of female hormones that prevent the release of an egg from an ovary. Also, by changing the cervical mucus and uterine lining, the drug makes it difficult for sperm to reach the uterus as well as harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the lining of the uterus. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Generic for Apri*?
The dosage of Generic for Apri* 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 Apri*. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.
The recommended dose of Generic for Apri* is one pill a day. Take this medication with food to prevent stomach upset. It is recommended to use a supplemental form of birth control during the first week of taking Generic for Apri*.
What if you miss a dose of Generic for Apri*?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Generic for Apri* 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. Back-up birth control must be used for at least 7 days following the missed pills.
What if you overdose on Generic for Apri*?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Generic for Apri*, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding.
What other drugs could interact with Generic for Apri*?
- St. John's wort
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Generic for Apri*.
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 Apri*, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Generic for Apri* can interact with barbiturates, antibiotics, seizure medicines, HIV medicines, certain antidepressants, beta-blockers, and blood thinners.
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 Apri*?
Like other medicines, Generic for Apri* can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Generic for Apri* 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 Apri* cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Generic for Apri* develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Generic for Apri* can cause side effects such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, headache, breast tenderness, and vaginal discomfort. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are sudden weakness, problems with vision, dark urine, chest pain, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, jaundice, and swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet. 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 Apri*.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Generic for Apri*?
Is it possible for me to take Generic for Apri* with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods, and other products be avoided when I take Generic for Apri*?
What are the possible drug interactions of Generic for Apri*?
How will Generic for Apri* work in my body?
How should Generic for Apri* be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Generic for Apri* 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. Before taking Generic for Apri*, inform your doctor if you have a history of stroke or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills, liver disease, hormone-related cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and severe high blood pressure. Store the medicine at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees centigrade away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.