Interactions often result in reduced effectiveness of Alesse as a birth control method. Pregnancy can occur while taking Alesse if these products are being taken also. For this reason it is very important that you discuss your usage of any of the drugs listed here.
There are currently 443 drug interactions with Alesse documented. 289 are listed in the moderate reaction range and 143 are listed as minor drug interactions with Alesse. Additional information can be found on the long lists through searches on the web for ‘Alesse Drug Interactions’.
The drugs that have a major interaction with Alesse are listed below:
• acitretin , Soriatane (acitretin), Soriatane CK (acitretin)
• Agenerase (amprenavir)
• Bexarotene, Targretin (bexarotene)
• bosentan, Tracleer (bosentan)
• Cyklokapron (tranexamic acid)
• Dantrium (dantrolene),Dantrium Intravenous
• Etretinate, Tegison (etretinate)
• Fosamprenavir ,Lexiva (fosamprenavir) ,Telzir (fosamprenavir)
• Fulvicin P/G (griseofulvin) Fulvicin U/F (griseofulvin) Grifulvin V (griseofulvin) Gris-PEG (griseofulvin) Grisactin 250 (griseofulvin) Grisactin 500 (griseofulvin) Grisactin Ultra (griseofulvin) Griseofulicin (griseofulvin)Griseofulvic (griseofulvin)griseofulvin
• hemin, Panhematin (hemin)
• tizanidine ,Zanaflex (tizanidine)
• tranexamic acid, Lysteda (tranexamic acid) Some of the commonly used over the counter drugs include;
• Herbal tinctures, minerals and even certain vitamins can throw off the hormonal balance taking Alesse creates to stop ovulation. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, and St. John’s wort usage needs to be talked about before starting Alesse.
• Pain relievers containing acetaminophen which is the active ingredient in Tylenol and generic acetaminophen products. Most women would not think of acetaminophen as a medication that needs mentioning but it is.
• Corticosteroid medications that contain prednisolone to reduce irritation, swelling, and redness of eye inflammations. Orapred is common brand name.
• Asthma medications containing theophylline to treat and prevent the respiratory symptoms associated with asthma. Theo-Dur and Respbid brands are listed specifically.
• Immunosuppressants that include cyclosporine which prevent transplant rejection. Gengraf, Neoral and Sandimmune are brand names of medications containing cyclosporine.
• Barbiturate sedatives like phenobarbital or secobarbital. Seconal, Solfoton and Luminal are brand names of sedatives that are barbiturate based.
• Any antibiotic prescribed for infections can affect how well Alesse works.
• Any seizure medications taken need to be discussed.
• Any of the HIV and AIDS medications can affect Alesse negatively.
There may be more medications, vitamins and herbal remedies that impact Alesse. As new products come on the market the list can change. The list is not all inclusive and is meant to demonstrate the number and variety of interactions there are and the importance of keeping your doctor informed at all times. The prescribing physician needs to be informed of all prescriptions you are taking at the time you are discussing using Alesse.
If another doctor prescribes medication at a later date, do not start taking it before discussing possible interactions with Alesse.
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