AmethiaTM (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. It is approved for preventing pregnancy and works by stopping ovulation, changing the lining of the uterus, and altering the cervical mucus. Amethia is a generic version of Seasonique® and is an extended-cycle oral contraceptive. This means that you will only get your period once every three months (four times a year).
Amethia is taken by mouth once a day, at the same time each day. It's important to take it consistently, as missing doses can increase your risk of pregnancy. Nausea, vomiting, and headaches are some of the potential side effects of this form of birth control.
Before starting Amethia, review the drug's safety information with your healthcare provider. This birth control pill is not suitable for everyone, so tell your healthcare provider about all your current medications and any medical conditions you have, such as diabetes, liver disease, or a blood clotting disorder. This will help ensure your safety and reduce your risk of complications.
(For more information on this birth control pill, click Amethia. This article offers a complete overview of the contraceptive, including details on what to do if you miss a dose.)
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