A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
YASMIN is a contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and also causing changes in the cervical and uterine lining. This makes it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. YASMIN is also used to treat moderate acne in women who are at least 14 years old and have started having menstrual periods, and who wish to use birth control pills to prevent pregnancy.
Additionally, YASMIN is used to treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), such as anxiety, depression, irritability, trouble concentrating, lack of energy, sleep or appetite changes, breast tenderness, joint or muscle pain, headache, and weight gain.
Take your first pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins. Take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours apart. When the pills run out, start a new pack the following day. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of pills completely.
If you need to have any type of medical tests or surgery, or if you will be on bed rest, you may need to stop using YASMIN for a short time. Any doctor or surgeon who treats you should know that you are using YASMIN.
Do not take YASMIN if you are allergic to drospirenone or ethinyl estradiol, or if you have any of the following conditions:
Before using YASMIN, tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions.
Common side effects may include abdominal cramping or bloating, acne, breast pain, tenderness or swelling, dizziness, nausea, swelling of the ankles and feet, unusual tiredness or weakness and vomiting.
Serious side effects may include sudden numbness or weakness, confusion, pain behind the eyes, problems with vision, speech, or balance; chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling; a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches; stomach pain, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); a breast lump; or symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about additional side effects that you may experience.