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Caziant is a combination oral contraceptive pill (cOCP, birth control medication, birth control pills). It prevents pregnancy by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation), and thickening the cervical mucus, blocking sperm from getting into the uterus and getting to the egg. Read More
Caziant is super easy to use. Simply take one pill every day, at the same time each day. Many women find that taking Caziant before bedtime or just after their evening meal helps reduce nausea and other side effects. After taking 21 days of white active pills, you’ll switch to seven peach-colored ones. These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to get you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Caziant uses a blend of two hormones combined in different dosages along the pack. Each pack contains: Desogestrel 0.1mg, ethinyl estradiol 25mcg (7 tabs); desogestrel 0.125mg, ethinyl estradiol 25mcg (7 tabs); desogestrel 0.15mg, ethinyl estradiol 25mcg (7 tabs), and 7 inactive pills with no hormones that are there to keep you in the habit of taking your pill every day.
Periods get lighter. If you are usually a 7 day person, it goes down to like 5 days. If you use 5 pads/tampons a day, it goes down to 3.
Reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS])
The risks are very low, but some women have experienced unwanted side effects when taking Caziant. Minor ones include breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, swollen feet or ankles, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels. Positive side effects are also a possibility, too — reduced acne, fewer mood swings, and other perks are fairly common.
The chances of serious side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented. Symptoms include heart disease, blood clotting, shortness of breath, migraines, vision problems, slurred speech, confusion, and fainting. Those who wear contacts or are nearsighted may notice vision problems as well.
These may sound scary, but remember — they’re very rare.
DOES CAZIANT CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
Some women may experience weight gain when taking Caziant and other birth control pills. While there’s a chance that the hormones can give you the munchies, it’s mostly water retention (and not actual fat).
ANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CAZIANT?
One of our Patient Care Advisors or licensed physicians will always review the medications and supplements you’re currently taking before prescribing Caziant. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Caziant and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drugs that may interact with Cazian include HIV drugs, anti-seizure drugs, antibiotics, and even herbal supplements like St. John’s wort.
Women who have high blood pressure or take medications to control blood pressure should not take Cazian. Our Pandia Health medical team recommends other options including progestin-only pill (POPs), IUDs with hormone (Mirena, Liletta, Kyleena, Skyla), copper IUDs, implants (nexplanon), the birth control shot (depo-provera), or condoms and spermicide.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF WITH CAZIANT?
If you have certain health conditions like chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or Addison’s disease, you shouldn’t use Caziant, or its equivalents.
Hormone-based birth control like Caziant might not be right for you depending on your medical history. If you have a history of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions, let one of our Patient Care Advisors know. We’ll help you select a good alternative.
You might be allergic to an ingredient in Caziant if you experience symptoms like dizziness, itchiness, or a skin rash. It’s extremely unlikely, but serious allergic reactions may occur. If you experience trouble breathing or swelling of the lips and tongue, call 911 immediately.
HOW EASY IS IT TO GET CAZIANT?
It’s easy to get Caziant at just about any pharmacy near you with a doctor’s prescription. Concerned about your privacy? Our doctor-founded, doctor-led team at Pandia Health is happy to connect you with a licensed physician who can help you get Velivet or any other birth control you need, discreetly and conveniently.
If you don’t have insurance, don’t worry! Pandia Health has a range of payment options.
DOES CAZIANT BIRTH CONTROL CAUSE INFERTILITY?
It’s not true that Caziant causes infertility. If you’re taking Caziant and want to have a baby, talk to your doctor and then stop taking the medication. Normal fertility should return within one or two menstrual cycles after your last pill. Dr. Yen explains more about birth control and infertility in this video. Watch to learn more!