Ginette (Cyproterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol)
What is Ginette (Cyproterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol) used for?
Ginette (Cyproterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol) is used to treat women suffering from severe acne and hirsutism (unusual hair growth), while at the same time functioning as a birth control pill. It contains two active ingredients, cyproterone acetate, which is derived from proestogen, and ethinyl estradiol, a synthesized version of estrogen. Although this medication is considered to be just as effective as other birth control pills, it is not prescribed for use solely as a birth control pill. It is usually prescribed to women suffering from acne or hirsutism, and has the added benefit of also functioning as a contraceptive.
How should I use Ginette (Cyproterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol)?
Ginette (Cyproterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol) tablets are normally taken orally, once per day for a period of 21 days. It is then not taken for the next 7 days. After the 7 day break from taking this drug has ended, you may then start the next pack of pills. It is important not to skip or miss any doses. If you miss one dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible, and continue the treatment schedule. It is likely that you will still be protected against pregnancy. If 2 doses are missed, you should take the last dose that you missed as soon as you possibly can and continue taking it as you normally would. However, patients who miss 2 doses will definitely not be protected against pregnancy. Your physician will more than likely tell you to stop taking this medication 3 to 4 months after your skin or hair condition has been treated.
What are the side effects of Ginette (Cyproterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol)?
Possible side effects of Ginette (Cyproterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol) include:
If you notice any side effects while using this medication, you should inform your physician as soon as possible.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Ginette (Cyproterone Acetate/Ethinyl Estradiol). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.