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Precautions and Warnings With Daysee

Specific Daysee Warnings and Precautions

Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using Daysee include the following:
 
  • Even though you will have fewer periods while taking Daysee (only four periods per year), many women may experience breakthrough bleeding between periods. This bleeding may be inconvenient and unpredictable. Keep taking the birth control pill as usual, but contact your healthcare provider if the bleeding is heavy.
 
  • This contraceptive does not protect against HIV, AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In many cases, it is advisable to use condoms in addition to Daysee.
 
  • Combined oral contraceptives, including Daysee, increase the risk for blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. These risks are minimal for healthy, young nonsmokers. Make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, or chest pain.
 
  • Smoking cigarettes greatly increases the risk of serious Daysee side effects, such as heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
 
  • Combined oral contraceptives may also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved and controversial issue. However, combined oral contraceptives seem to help protect women against ovarian and uterine cancer.
 
  • In some cases, birth control pills are not the best contraceptive choice for obese women. They may be less effective in these women, and obese women may be at a higher risk for some of the serious Daysee side effects.
   
  • Oral contraceptives increase the risk of benign (noncancerous) liver tumors. In rare cases, these tumors can rupture and cause serious problems.
 
  • Hormonal contraceptives can make gallbladder disease worse. Therefore, if you have had a problem with your gallbladder, this product may not be the best contraceptive method for you.
 
  • Daysee may increase blood sugar levels, particularly in women with diabetes. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely in this case. Let him or her know if you have any sudden vision changes, as this may be a sign of a blood clot in the eyes (a possible side effect of Daysee and other hormonal contraceptives).
   
  • If you experience a migraine for the first time while taking Daysee, or a change in your migraines if you have had them before, please contact your healthcare provider.
 
  • The birth control pill can change your menstrual bleeding patterns. Some women have breakthrough bleeding (bleeding between periods), while others may not have a period at all. It is normal to have shorter and lighter periods while using Daysee. However, if you notice any unusual changes in your bleeding patterns, let your healthcare provider know. If you miss a period, you should make sure that you are not pregnant.
   
  • In some cases, hormonal contraceptives can make depression worse. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop new or worsening depression symptoms while taking Daysee.
 
  • Hormonal contraceptives can occasionally cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
 
  • Daysee is a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that you should not use it during pregnancy (see Seasonale and Pregnancy, since Daysee is a generic version of Seasonale).
 
  • Contraceptive hormones, such as the ones in Daysee, pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the pill (see Seasonale and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives are not usually recommended for breastfeeding women.
 
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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