Generic name: Ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel
What is Lybrel and what is it used for:
Lybrel is a prescription medication that contains a combination of hormones, ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel, which are used to prevent pregnancy. This medication works by preventing ovulation, thickening the cervical mucus, and altering the lining of the uterus. Unlike most other birth control pills, Lybrel is taken continuously, without any hormone-free intervals, which eliminates menstrual periods for some women.
How to take Lybrel:
Lybrel is taken orally, once a day, at the same time each day, with or without food. It is important to take Lybrel at the same time each day to maintain its effectiveness. Each pack of Lybrel contains 28 tablets. Women should start taking the first tablet on the first day of their menstrual cycle or on the first Sunday after their menstrual cycle starts. It is important to use a backup form of contraception, such as condoms, during the first seven days of taking Lybrel.
Possible side effects of Lybrel:
Lybrel may cause some side effects, including:
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Breast tenderness or enlargement
Changes in weight or appetite
Mood changes or depression
Irregular menstrual bleeding or spotting
Blood clots, heart attack, or stroke (in rare cases)
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Precautions and warnings for Lybrel:
Before taking Lybrel, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease, high blood pressure, or a history of blood clots. Lybrel may interact with certain medications, including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, and herbal supplements. It is important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you are taking.
Lybrel may increase the risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke, particularly in women who smoke or have a history of these conditions. Women who are older than 35 years old or have other risk factors for these conditions should not use Lybrel.
Lybrel is not recommended during pregnancy. It is important to discuss with your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or have recently given birth before starting Lybrel.
It is important to attend regular doctor appointments and report any new or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider while taking Lybrel.