Slynd is a progestin-only pill, otherwise known as a “POP” that is used to prevent pregnancy. Slynd may cause serious side effects, including high potassium levels in your blood (hyperkalemia).
Slynd is a prescription medication used by females who can become pregnant to prevent pregnancy.
Slynd belongs to a group of drugs called progestogens. It works to lower the risk of becoming pregnant primarily by suppressing ovulation.
This medication comes in tablet form. Take one tablet daily for 28 consecutive days; one white active tablet daily during the first 24 days and one green inactive tablet daily during the 4 following days. Tablets must be taken every day at about the same time of the day so that the interval between two tablets is always 24 hours.
Common side effects include acne, headache, breast pain and weight gain.
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Uses of Slynd
Slynd is a birth control pill (oral contraceptive) also called a POP (progestin-only pill) that is used by females who can become pregnant to prevent pregnancy.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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Slynd Drug Class
Slynd is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Slynd
Serious side effects have been reported with Slynd. See the "Slynd Precautions" section.
Common side effects include:
- breast pain and tenderness
- weight gain
- menstrual cramps
- severe vaginal bleeding
- decreased sexual desire
This is not a complete list of Slynd side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicine you take including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements, such as St. John’s Wort.
Slynd may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how well Slynd works.
Consider using an alternative or back-up method of contraception when such medicines are used with Slynd.
Slynd may cause serious side effects, including:
- High potassium levels in your blood- your healthcare provider may check your blood potassium levels before and during treatment with Slynd. Seek medical help right away if you have weakness/numbness in an arm or leg, irregular heartbeat or your heart is racing/fluttering, nausea, vomiting, severe pain in chest, or shortness of breath.
- Blood clot forming in blood vessels – tell your healthcare provider if you plan to have surgery or are not able to be active due to illness or injury. Risk of clots may be higher in the weeks after giving birth.
- Seek medical help right away if you have leg pain that will not go away, a sudden severe headache, sudden severe shortness of breath, a sudden change in vision or blindness, chestpain, weakness/numbness in arm or leg, or trouble speaking.
- Bone loss – it is unknown if the decrease in estrogen that happens with Slynd can result in decreased bone density.
- Liver problems, including rare liver tumors – seek medical help right away if you have yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Ectopic pregnancy – a pregnancy outside the uterus. Seek medical help right away if you have severe abdominal (belly) pain as this type of pregnancy is a medical emergency and often requires surgery.
- Risk of high blood sugar levels in people with diabetes – you may need to monitor your blood sugar level more often or adjust your diabetes medicine.
- Changes in menstrual bleeding – tell your healthcare provider if you experience irregular vaginal bleeding, irregular periods, or an absence of period.
Do not take Slynd if you:
- have kidney disease or kidney failure
- have reduced adrenal gland function (adrenal insufficiency)
- have or have had cervical cancer or any cancer that is sensitive to female hormones
- have liver disease, including liver tumors
- have unexplained vaginal bleeding
If any of these conditions happen while you are taking Slynd, stop taking Slynd right away and talk to your healthcare provider. Use non-hormonal contraception when you stop taking Slynd.
Slynd does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections.
Slynd Food Interactions
Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Slynd, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
Before you take Slynd, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
- have ever had blood clots in your legs, lungs, a stroke, or a heart attack
- have high levels of potassium in your blood or take chronic medications that may increase blood potassium concentrations
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements, such as St. John’s Wort.
Slynd and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Based on epidemiologic studies and meta-analyses, there is little or no increased risk of birth defects in the children of females who inadvertently use oral progestins during early pregnancy.
Discontinue Slynd if pregnancy occurs, because there is no reason to use hormonal contraceptives during pregnancy.
Slynd and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Negligible amounts of drospirenone, the active ingredient in Slynd, are excreted in the breast milk. Therefore no effects on breastfed newborns/infants are anticipated.
Slynd comes in tablet form. Take one tablet daily for 28 consecutive days; one white active tablet daily during the first 24 days and one green inactive tablet daily during the 4 following days. Tablets must be taken every day at about the same time of the day so that the interval between two tablets is always 24 hours.
Missed Pills: If one white active tablet is missed, take the missed tablet as soon as possible. Continue taking one tablet a day until the pack is finished. If two or more white active tablets are missed, take the last missed tablet as soon as possible. Continue one tablet a day until the pack is finished (one or more missed tablet(s) will remain in the blister pack).
If you start taking Slynd and you are not currently using a hormonal birth control method:
• Start Slynd on the first day (Day 1) of your natural menstrual period (Day 1 Start). Your healthcare provider should tell you when to start taking your birth control pill.
If you start taking Slynd and you are switching from another birth control pill:
• Start your new Slynd blister pack on the same day that you would start the next pack of your previous birth control method.
• Do not continue taking the pills from your previous birth control pack.
If you start taking Slynd and you are switching from a vaginal ring or transdermal patch:
• Start taking Slynd on the day you would have inserted the next ring or applied the next patch.
If you start taking Slynd and you are switching from a progestin only method such as an implant or injection:
• Start taking Slynd on the day of removal of your implant or on the day when you would have had your next injection.
If you start taking Slynd and you are switching from an intrauterine device or system (IUD or IUS):
• Start taking Slynd™ on the day of removal of your IUD or IUS.
Take this medication exactly as prescibed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.
If you take too much Skyrizi, call your healthcare provider or local poison control center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.
The recommended dose is:
Take one tablet taken daily for 28 days; one white active tablet daily during the first 24 days and one green inactive tablet daily during the 4 following days. Each white tablet contains 4 mg of drospirenone. Each green tablet is inert and does not contain drospirenone.
If you are scheduled for any lab tests, tell your healthcare provider you are taking Slynd. Certain blood tests may be affected by Slynd.
Store at room temperature (15 to 30°C (59 to 86°F)).
Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.