Falmina is a combination oral contraceptive pill (COCP) consisting of levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets that are taken orally. Falmina prevents pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg (ovulation) and thickening the cervical mucus to block sperm from reaching an egg. Falmina is also prescribed to treat acne, reduce the risk of ovarian cysts (as in polycystic ovarian syndrome [PCOS]), treat painful or heavy periods, and more. Read More
Falmina is a pill that is taken orally. In order to achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness, simply take one pill at the same time each day. The doctors at Pandia Health recommend taking your birth control pill before bedtime or after dinner t0 help reduce the risk of experiencing nausea and other adverse reactions.
After taking 21 days of active pills, you’ll switch to 7 inactive pills. These are inactive pills with no hormones that are there to help you get in the habit of taking your pill every day.
If you do miss one active pill , take two pills as soon as you remember. Then, continue to take one active pill for the rest of the pill pack. If you miss two active pills in a row take two pills per day for two days.
However, if you miss three active pills in a row, do not take the missed pills. Instead you should use a back up birth control method for at least 7 days. Note that you may experience some bleeding or spotting if you miss three pills in a row.
Remember that Falmina cannot be used to prevent HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases. In order to prevent STDs, always use condoms when having sexual intercourse.
FFalmina, like many oral contraceptive formulations, uses a blend of two hormones: estrogen (Ethinyl Estradiol, 30 mcg) and progesterone (Levonorgestrel, 150 mcg) to prevent pregnancy.
Most side effects of Falmina are very minor. Like many combination oral contraceptive users, breakthrough bleeding may initially be experienced during the first several months of using the birth control pills. Some users notice breast tenderness, headaches, nausea, swollen feet or ankles, and slightly elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels.
The chances of serious drug related side effects are extremely unlikely, but some cases have been documented among current oral contraceptive users. Side effects of Falmina can include blood clotting, shortness of breath, migraines or severe headache, 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. About 3-6 women out of 10,000 per year using the medication might get a blood clot. Either way, report suspected adverse reactions to your doctor immediately.
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Those who have high blood pressure or take medications to control blood pressure should not take combined oral contraceptives such as Falmina. 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.
Hormonal contraceptives like Falmina might not be right for you depending on your medical history. Negative side effects of Falmina may occur if you have underlying risk factors like chronic kidney disease, liver disease, or Addison’s disease. 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.
Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Falmina and decrease its efficacy, making it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drug interactions are more prevalent when Falmina is taken in conjunction with HIV drugs, anti-seizure drugs, antibiotics, and even herbal supplements like St. John’s wort. One of our Patient Care Advisors or licensed physicians will always review the medications and supplements you’re currently taking before prescribing Falmina in order to avoid potential negative drug interactions.
Falmina is unlikely to cause weight gain. It is Some women actually lose weight because Falmina birth control can have a mild diuretic effect, although any weight lost is typically retained water and not actually body fat.
One of our Patient Care Advisors or licensed physicians will always review the medications and supplements you’re currently taking before prescribing Falmina. Certain drugs (recreational, over-the-counter, or prescription) can interact with Falmina and make it less effective at preventing pregnancy. Drugs that may interact with Falmina 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 Falmina. 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.
You might be allergic to an ingredient in Falmina if you experience symptoms like dizziness, itchiness, or a skin rash. It’s extremely unlikely, but serious allergic reactions may occur. If you experience severe headache, trouble breathing or swelling of the lips and tongue, call 911 immediately. Always contact a doctor following serious adverse reactions of any kind.
Patients receiving oral contraceptives such as Falmina should inform their healthcare provider of medications (prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, herbal products, supplements, or other drugs) they are already taking, as there may be potential drug interactions that impact the effectiveness.
It’s easy to get Falmina 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 Falmina or any other birth control you need, discreetly and conveniently.
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It’s not true that Falmina or any combination oral contraceptive use causes infertility. If you’re taking Falmina 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!