Aygestin is a synthesized female hormone progesterone. Its main component is norethindrone acetate. The drug may contain only norethindrone as a single component or be a combination of oral estrogen and norethindrone, which is safe and causes less side effects. It is used to restore menstruation in women who have stopped having menstrual cycles for several months (amenorrhea), endometriosis (condition when lining of the uterus is abnormal and can be found in the abdomen/pelvic area, causing painful/irregular periods), in cases of abnormal bleeding and endometriosis. This medication stops the normal growth of the uterus lining during the menstrual cycle and causes hormone changes in the uterus to restore normal menstrual periods.
Dosage and direction
Aygestin is usually taken from 2.5 to 10 milligrams daily during 5-10 days in the second half of a 28-day cycle. Your period should start 3 to 7 days after taking of Aygestin is discontinued. Endometriosis is treated by starting dose is 5 milligrams a day for 2 weeks which can be increased by 2.5 milligrams a day every 2 weeks up to a maximum of 15 milligrams a day. Take exactly as recommended by your doctor and do not exceed the dose without your doctor's approval.
This medication is not used to test for pregnancy, prevent miscarriages, or to control bleeding caused by fibroids or cancer. Aygestin increases the risk of blood clots, which results in phlebitis, breathing problems, vision problems, or stroke. Inform your doctor if you are going to be operated even if it is a dental surgery. Avoid smoking. Do not use Aygestin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Notify your doctor if you had in history such conditions: high blood pressure, seizures, migraine headaches, diabetes, asthma, problems with heart, liver, kidneys, strokes, blood clots, cancer of the breast or genitals, high blood level of cholesterol or fats, depression, excessive weight gain or swelling during menstrual cycle, jaundice.
Aygestin is contraindicated in pregnant women, patients with thromboembolic disorders, thrombophlebitis, cerebral apoplexy (either in history), in patients with known or suspected breast cancer, serious liver dysfunction or liver disease, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, and missed abortion.
Possible side effect
Any medication is able to evoke side effects and it depends on your individual reaction. You may experience signs of allergy (acne, allergic reaction, blood clots in the arteries, veins, eyes, or lungs) and others as well: nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, depression, sleeplessness, or irritability, breakthrough menstrual bleeding, breast enlargement or tenderness, cervical changes or secretions, change in menstrual flow, headache.
Inform your doctor and laboratory operators about all medications and herbal products you are taking if you are treated with Aygestin.
If you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember, but not if it is almost time of the next intake by your schedule. If so skip the missed dose. Do not try to make up a missed dose by taking an extra one.
If you suspect that you took too much of the medication seek for immediate medical attention.
Store Aygestin in a dry place away from sunlight at room temperature between 15-30 C (59-86 F).
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