• Yasmin is a contraceptive pill and is used to prevent pregnancy.
• Each film-coated light yellow tablet contains a small amount of two different female hormones, namely drospirenone and ethinylestradiol.
• Contraceptive pills that contain two hormones are called “combination” pills.
Uses / Instructions
Take Yasmin every day for 21 days
Yasmin comes in strips of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week.
• Take your pill at the same time every day.
• Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.
• Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 21 pills.
• Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill. Then have seven pill-free days
Read the patient information leaflet carefully before taking this medicine and follow the instructions.
Do not use Yasmin:
•if you have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel of your leg (deep vein thrombosis, DVT), your lungs (pulmonary embolus, PE) or other organs;
• if you know you have a disorder affecting your blood clotting – for instance, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies;
• if you need an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time (see section ‘Blood clots’);
• if you have ever had a heart attack or stroke;
• if you have (or have ever had) angina pectoris (a condition that causes severe chest pain and may be a first sign of a heart attack) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA – temporary stroke symptoms);
• if you have any of the following diseases that may increase your risk of a clot in the arteries;
o severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
o very high blood pressure
o a very high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides)
o a condition known as hyperhomocysteinaemia
• if you have (or have ever had) a type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura’;
• if you have (or have ever had) liver disease and your liver function is still not normal
• if your kidneys are not working well (renal failure)
• if you have (or have ever had) had a tumour in the liver
• if you have (or have ever had) or if you are suspected of having breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs
• if you have any unexplained bleeding from the vagina
• if you are allergic to ethinylestradiol or drospirenone, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. This may cause itching, rash or swelling.
Do not use Yasmin if you have hepatitis C and are taking the medicinal products
containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir and dasabuvir
Seek urgent medical attention
– if you notice possible signs of a blood clot that may mean you are suffering from a blood clot in the leg (i.e. deep vein thrombosis), a blood clot in the lung (i.e. pulmonary
embolism), a heart attack or a stroke (see ‘Blood clots’ section below).
For a description of the symptoms of these serious side effects please go to “How to recognise a blood clot”
Common side effects (between 1 and 10 in every 100 users may be affected):
– depressive mood
– headache, migraine
– breast pain, breast tenderness, menstrual disorders, bleeding between periods, thick whitish vaginal discharge, vaginal yeast infection
See patient information leaflet for more details.
The active substances are drospirenone and ethinylestradiol.
Each active tablet contains 0.030 milligrams ethinylestradiol and 3 milligrams drospirenone.
• Other ingredients in the active tablets are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, pregelatinised maize starch, povidone K25, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), macrogol 6000, talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide yellow (E172).