- Smoking cigarettes while using Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) raises the chance of very bad heart and blood-related side effects. This chance is raised with age (mainly in women older than 35 years of age). It is also raised with the number of cigarettes smoked. It is strongly advised not to smoke. Do not use Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) if you smoke and are older than 35 years of age.
Uses of Zovia 1/35E:
- It is used to prevent pregnancy.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Zovia 1/35E?
For all patients taking Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate):
- If you have an allergy to ethinyl estradiol, ethynodiol diacetate, or any other part of Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate).
- If you have had any of these health problems: Blood clots, blood clotting problem, breast cancer, bulging blood vessel (aneurysm), chest pain caused by angina, high blood sugar (diabetes) that affects blood flow, diseased arteries in the brain, disease of a heart valve with problems, heart attack, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, liver tumor, stroke, tumor where estrogen makes it grow, or very bad headache or migraine.
- If you have had any of these health problems: Endometrial cancer, cancer of the cervix or vagina, or vaginal bleeding where the cause is not known.
- If you have surgery and need bedrest.
- If you turned yellow during pregnancy or with estrogen-based or hormone contraceptive use.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) if you are pregnant.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
- If you are taking ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir (with or without dasabuvir).
- If your child has not had her first period.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Zovia 1/35E?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine may raise the chance of blood clots, a stroke, or a heart attack. Talk with the doctor.
- Talk with your doctor if you will need to be still for long periods of time like long trips, bedrest after surgery, or illness. Not moving for long periods may raise your chance of blood clots.
- High blood pressure has happened with drugs like this one. Have your blood pressure checked as you have been told by your doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- Be sure to have regular breast exams and gynecology check-ups. Your doctor will tell you how often to have these. You will also need to do breast self-exams as your doctor has told you. Talk with your doctor.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate).
- Certain drugs, herbal products, or health problems could cause Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) to not work as well. Be sure your doctor knows about all of your drugs and health problems.
- This medicine does not stop the spread of diseases like HIV or hepatitis that are passed through blood or having sex. Do not have any kind of sex without using a latex or polyurethane condom. Do not share needles or other things like toothbrushes or razors. Talk with your doctor.
- If you have any signs of pregnancy or if you have a positive pregnancy test, call your doctor right away.
How is this medicine (Zovia 1/35E) best taken?
Use Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
- Take Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) at the same time of day.
- Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- Do not skip doses, even if you do not have sex very often.
- If you throw up or have diarrhea, Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Use an extra form of birth control, like condoms, until you check with your doctor.
- If you miss 2 periods in a row, take a pregnancy test before starting a new cycle.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If a dose is missed, check the package insert or call the doctor to find out what to do. If using Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) to prevent pregnancy, another form of birth control may need to be used for some time to prevent pregnancy.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Coughing up blood.
- Shortness of breath.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
- Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
- Very bad headache.
- Low mood (depression).
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Very bad belly pain.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- A lump in the breast, breast soreness, or nipple discharge.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
- Spotting or vaginal bleeding that is very bad or does not go away.
- Bulging eyes.
- Change in eyesight.
- Loss of eyesight.
- Change in how contact lenses feel in the eyes.
What are some other side effects of Zovia 1/35E?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling more or less hungry.
- Weight gain.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Period (menstrual) changes. These include spotting or bleeding between cycles.
- Enlarged breasts.
- Breast soreness.
- Hair loss.
- Lowered interest in sex.
- This medicine may cause dark patches of skin on your face. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Zovia 1/35E?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Zovia 1/35E (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate).
Review Date: March 7, 2018
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