What is Visanne (Dienogest) used for?
Visanne (Dienogest) is an oral contraceptive medication prescribed to women. It contains a synthetic form of naturally occurring female hormones and operates by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg during menstruation. The medication also changes the uterine lining and cervical mucus to make it difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. This action may also make it useful for treating heavy menstrual bleeding not caused by medical conditions affecting the uterus. Your physician may recommend the use of this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Visanne (Dienogest)?
Always follow the directions of your physician and those included with the packaging while using Visanne (Dienogest) to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet administered once daily. Your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach. Never chew, split, or crush the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Visanne (Dienogest)?
Some patients using Visanne (Dienogest) may experience side effects such as:
Serious side effects possibly requiring emergency medical attention are severe nausea, leg pain, coughing, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, trouble breathing, sudden numbness, intense headaches, swelling of the extremities, lump appearing in the breast, depression, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Contact your physician as soon as you encounter any worrying symptoms to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your dosage or frequency of administration to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Visanne (Dienogest) should not be used by men. The medication should not be administered to women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, attempting to become pregnant, lactose intolerant, who have breast cancer, angina, an irregular heartbeat, risk of a blood clot, a history of blood clots, migraines, bleeding disorders, hypertension, varicose veins, systemic lupus, liver disease, gallstones, jaundice, porphyrias, or severely reduced liver function. Also inform your physician if you have inflammatory bowel disease, elevated prolactin levels, diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, a family history of blood clots, sickle cell anaemia, or high levels of triglycerides. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your regimen. Note that this medication is only meant to prevent pregnancy and will not prevent the transfer of sexually transmitted diseases.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Visanne (Dienogest). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.