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Precautions and Warnings With Gildagia

Specific Gildagia Precautions and Warnings

Some of the warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this drug include the following:
 
  • Gildagia is quite effective at preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. However, it becomes much less effective if taken incorrectly. Most cases of accidental pregnancy while taking "the pill," including Gildagia, occur when the pill is not taken correctly. Make sure you understand exactly how to take Gildagia, including how and when to start it and what to do if you miss any pills.
 
  • Combined oral contraceptives, including Gildagia, can cause life-threatening conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. This risk is minimal for healthy, young, nonsmoking women. 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 these serious Gildagia side effects. This risk is particularly high for smokers over the age of 35.
 
  • Gildagia may react with a number of different medications, possibly increasing the risk of unintentional pregnancy (see Drug Interactions With Gildagia).
 
  • Like any birth control pill, Gildagia does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV or AIDS. It is often wise to use condoms in addition to Gildagia to prevent the transmission of STDs.
 
  • Combined oral contraceptives, including Gildagia, may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer, although this is an unresolved issue. However, combined oral contraceptives seem to help protect women against ovarian and uterine cancer.
 
  • Oral contraceptives increase the risk of benign (noncancerous) liver tumors. Very rarely, these tumors can rupture and cause serious problems.
 
  • Hormonal contraceptives, such as Gildagia, can make gallbladder disease worse. If you have had a problem with your gallbladder, Gildagia may not be the best contraceptive method for you.
 
  • Gildagia may increase blood sugar levels, particularly in women with diabetes. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely. Let your healthcare provider 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 Gildagia and other hormonal contraceptives).
   
  • Gildagia 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 Gildagia. If you notice any unusual changes in your bleeding patterns, let your healthcare provider know. If you miss a period, you should make sure 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.
 
  • As with other hormonal contraceptives, Gildagia can occasionally cause eye changes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses.
 
  • Gildagia is a pregnancy Category X medication. This means that it should not be used during pregnancy (see Ovcon and Pregnancy, as Gildagia is a generic version of Ovcon 35).
 
  • Contraceptive hormones, such as the ones in Gildagia, pass through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the contraceptive (see Ovcon and Breastfeeding). Combined hormonal contraceptives, such as Gildagia, are not usually recommended for women who are breastfeeding.
 
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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