Enpresse Birth Control Pills
Table Of Contents
- What are these Birth Control Pills?
- Important Information
- What to know before taking
- How to take this medication
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- Can You Overdose?
- Enpresse Side Effects
- What medications possibly interact with Enpresse?
What are Enpresse Birth Control Pills
Enpresse birth control pills are a combination birth control that you take twice a day to prevent pregnancy. The birth control delivers hormones to suppress ovulation (the release of a mature egg from the ovary). Without ovulation, an egg is not available to become fertilized and so, you cannot get pregnant.
The hormones are effective at thickening the vaginal fluid which prevents the sperm from reaching an egg. Enpresse also thickens the lining of the uterus, so if by chance an egg becomes fertilized, it is unlikely that the egg can attach to the uterus.
Important Information About Enpresse
Do not use this medication if you smoke cigarettes or if you are over the age of 35 years old. Smoking cigarettes or tobacco raises your risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots and high blood pressure.
You should not take Enpresse if you have a history of the following medical conditions:
- Blood clots
- Heart attacks
- High cholesterol
- Kidney or liver disease
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Gallbladder problems
- Thyroid problems
Furthermore, do not take Enpresse if you have experienced any of these symptoms:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Irregular heartbeat or shortness of breath
- Severe headaches or migraines
It’s important to note that taking birth control pills does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases. To protect yourself from STD’s, you should always wear a condom during intercourse.
What to Know Before Taking Enpresse Birth Control
Before starting Enpresse birth control, notify your doctor if you are allergic to any type of estrogen or progestin, and if you have any other allergies.
Enpresse birth control pills should not be taken if you recently had a baby or if you are breastfeeding. The hormones in Enpresse can be passed through breast milk and may cause harm to your baby.
Do not take the medication if you have diabetes, as it may affect your blood sugar.
Tell your doctor if you will be having any kind of surgery or confined for a long period of time. These conditions increase the risk of blood clots. As a precaution, you may be advised by your doctor to stop using the medication during this time.
Enpresse birth control pills should be stored away from light and moisture. Do not store the medication in your bathroom.
If you are nearsighted or wear contact lenses, there is a chance that you may develop problems. Before taking the medication, check with your eye doctor.
How to Take Enpresse Birth Control Pills
Enpresse birth control is known as a triphasic birth control pill, as the birth control package consists of three phases of pills with different levels of hormones. There are two types of Enpresse pills that consist of either 21 or 28-day packages. If you have a 28-day package, there will be 21 hormone pills and 7 pills that contain no active ingredients.
You can start taking the medication either on the first day of your period, or the first Sunday following your period. Take the 21 active pills once a day for 21 consecutive days, followed by the 7 days of inactive pills.
If you are using the 21-day package of Enpresse, your pack will not contain the 7 inactive pills. Simply take one pill per day for 21 consecutive days and then do not take a pill for 7 days. After 7 days, start a new package of pills and repeat these steps.
It is important to follow the instructions in the pill package so that you take the pills in order in the correct order. If you do not receive your period, consult your doctor.
What You Should Do If You Miss a Dose of Enpresse
If you miss one does of Enpresse, take 2 pills together the following day.
If you miss two doses of Enpresse, take 2 pills for 2 consecutive days until you are caught up in your package.
If you miss more than two doses, throw away the package and start a new pack of Enpresse right away. In this case, your period may not come that month.
Whenever you miss a dose of oral contraceptive, you should always use a backup birth control method to prevent pregnancy.
Can You Overdose from Enpresse?
Overdosing on Enpresse is possible. If you have taken too many doses of Enpresse and experience any of the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:
- Trouble breathing
- Sudden or unusual vaginal bleeding
Always follow the instructions that is prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. Detailed instructions are provided in all Enpresse packages. If you are unsure about the dosage, consult your doctor.
Enpresse Birth Control Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. You may experience side effects while taking Enpresse, especially within the first few months of use.
Some of the common side effects of Enpresse include the following:
- Irregular periods
- Breast tenderness
- Changes in weight
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Nausea or vomiting
In rare cases, this medication may cause the following serious health problems and can sometimes result in death. If you experience any of the following, stop using Enpresse and see your doctor:
- Blood clots
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
If you experience any of the following, stop using Enpresse and see your doctor:
- Dizziness or fainting
- Unusual headaches
- Breast lump
- Swelling in hands, ankles, or feet
- Unusual sweating
- Weakness on one side of the body
- Partial or complete blindness
- Vision problems or changes
This does not include a full list of possible side effects. Speak with your doctor for more information and to determine if Enpresse birth control is right for you.
Which Other Medications Interact with Enpresse?
Drug interactions may affect the result of Enpresse birth control pills and increase your risk of serious side effects. You should keep a list of all products that you use and consult your doctor before starting any new prescription medication.
Products that may interact with Enpresse include: tranexamic acid, anastrozole, exemestane, ospemifene, tamoxifen, tizanidine and medications that are used to treat hepatitis C.
Taking Enpresse may interfere with laboratory testing and may cause false results. Notify your doctor and laboratory personnel that are using this medication.
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