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It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular annual visits to make sure this medicine is working properly. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects. Your doctor may also want to check your blood pressure while using this medicine.
Although you are using this medicine to prevent pregnancy, you should know that using this medicine while you are pregnant could harm your unborn baby. If you think you have become pregnant while using this medicine, tell your doctor right away. You may start using this medicine 4 weeks after giving birth and if you are not breastfeeding.
Vaginal bleeding of various amounts may occur between your regular menstrual periods during the first month of use. This is sometimes called spotting when lighter, or breakthrough bleeding when heavier.
If this should occur, continue using Annovera™.
The bleeding usually stops within 1 week. Check with your doctor if the bleeding continues for more than 1 week.
If the bleeding continues after you have been taking hormonal contraceptives on schedule, check with your doctor.
Do not use this medicine together with medicine to treat hepatitis C virus infection, including ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir (Technivie®, Viekira Pak®).
Do not use this medicine if you smoke cigarettes or if you are over 35 years of age If you smoke while using Annovera™, you increase your risk of having a blood clot, heart attack, or stroke. Your risk is even higher if you are over age 35, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or if you are overweight. Talk with your doctor about ways to stop smoking. Keep your diabetes under control. Ask your doctor about diet and exercise to control your weight and blood cholesterol level.
Using this medicine may increase your risk of having blood clotting problems. Check with your doctor right away if you have pain in the chest, groin, or legs, especially the calves, difficulty with breathing, a sudden, severe headache, slurred speech, a sudden, unexplained shortness of breath, a sudden loss of coordination, or vision changes while using this medicine.
Check with your doctor immediately if blurred vision, difficulty in reading, or any other change in vision occurs during or after treatment. Your doctor may want an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) to check your eyes.
Check with your doctor right away if you have pain or tenderness in the upper stomach, dark urine, pale stools, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or yellow eyes or skin. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.
Your blood pressure might get too high while you are using this medicine. This may cause headaches, dizziness, or blurred vision. You might need to measure your blood pressure at home. If you think your blood pressure is too high, call your doctor right away.
This medicine may increase your risk of having gallbladder disease. Check with your doctor if you start to have stomach pains, nausea, and vomiting.
Using this medicine may increase your risk of cervical cancer. Talk with your doctor about this risk. Check with your doctor immediately if you experience abnormal vaginal bleeding.
This medicine may cause skin discoloration. Use a sunscreen when you are outdoors. Avoid sunlamps and tanning beds.
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) may occur while using this medicine. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms: sudden high fever, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, vomiting, muscle aches, or a sunburn-like rash.
Check with your doctor before refilling an old prescription, especially after a pregnancy. You will need another physical examination and your doctor may change your prescription.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. The results of some medical tests may be affected by this medicine. You may also need to stop using this medicine at least 4 weeks before and 2 weeks after having major surgery.
Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal (eg, St. John's wort) or vitamin supplements.