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Yasmin Safety Information

Yasmin® (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a medication used for preventing pregnancy. It is a combined oral contraceptive that is available by prescription only. There is a lot of information about the safety of Yasmin that you should be aware of before starting the birth control pill.
Yasmin contains drospirenone, a hormone that can increase the level of potassium in the blood. This is not usually a problem for most healthy women. However, it can be a problem if you take other medications that also increase potassium (see Yasmin Drug Interactions) or if you have kidney, liver, or adrenal problems.
Combined oral contraceptives (including Yasmin) increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. These risks are minimal for healthy, young nonsmokers. However, tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had a blood clot, stroke, heart attack, or chest pain. This type of oral contraceptive may also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer and benign (noncancerous) liver tumors.
(Click Yasmin Warnings and Precautions for more safety information, including warnings on who should not use this birth control pill and information on what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting the drug.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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