Syeda is a type of combined contraceptive (birth control) medication that contains a lower dose of estrogen than standard pills. If you experience estrogen-related side effects such as headaches, nausea and breast tenderness, Syeda may be a good birth control pill to try.
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Written by Dr Yasmin Aghajan, MD
Information last reviewed 07/27/19
Syeda is a prescription oral contraceptive pill. It comes in a pack which contains both active pills and “placebo”, or inactive pills. The placebos are inactive pills that help you to keep track of when to start your next pack after your period. Syeda also contains a lower-level of the estrogen hormone than standard pills, making you less likely to experience estrogen-related side effects such as nausea, headaches and breast tenderness.
Syeda contains synthetic versions of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. This means that it works in a number of ways. Syeda prevents ovulation (the release of an egg by the ovary) by altering the body’s hormone secretion system; it also thickens the vaginal mucus, making it harder for sperm to get to an egg to fertilize. Lastly, Syeda helps to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting, by altering the lining of the uterus.
When taken correctly, Syeda is up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy (less than 1 pregnancy per 100 women per year).
Only the yellow Syeda pills contain active ingredients. The white pills are placebo pills to help you keep track of when to start your next pack after your period. The yellow Syeda pills contain the following active ingredients:
30mcg ethinyl estradiol (EE) - the synthetic estrogen
3mg drospirenone - the synthetic progesterone.
Both the yellow and white Syeda pills contain the following inactive ingredients:
corn starch, crospovidone (Polyplasdone XL), crosspovidone (Polyplasdone XL-10), lactose fast flo, macrogol/PEG 3350, magnesium stearate vegetable (kemilub em-f-v), polysorbate 80 (tween 80), polyvinyl alcohol-part. hydrolyzed, povidone k-30 (kollidon K-30), pregelatinized starch (sepistab ST200), talc and titanium dioxide.
The yellow pills also contain a colourant called yellow iron oxide.
You should not be pregnant when starting Syeda.
There are two different schedule options to start taking Syeda.
Keep track of when you start. Take one pill every day at the same time. Some people find it helpful to set an alarm on their phone.
If you are switching from a different oral contraceptive to Syeda, you should start Syeda on the same day that a new pack of the previous oral contraceptive would have been.
If you are switching from a transdermal patch, vaginal ring, or injection, you should start Syeda on the day the next dose would have been due.
If you are switching from the IUD or implant, you should start Syeda on the same day as removal.
If you are starting Syeda after childbirth (and are not breast-feeding), you should start at least 4 weeks after delivery. You should have a negative pregnancy test before starting, as lack of periods is not reliable, and use an additional method of contraception such as condoms for the first 7 days after starting Syeda.
Take one pill a day, at the same time each day. Each packet contains 7 inactive pills,
If you are late to take one dose (still within 24 hours of when you should have taken it), or if you missed one dose between 24-48 hours, take the dose as soon as possible. Continue the next dose at the usual time (even if it means 2 doses in the same day).
If you have missed two or more doses (>48 hours), take the most recently missed dose as soon as possible. Continue the next dose at the usual time (even if it means 2 doses in the same day). However, you should use back-up contraception such as condoms until you have taken the regular dosing schedule for 7 consecutive days.
If the doses you missed were during the last week of the active tablets (days 15-21 of a 28-day pack), finish the current pack but skip the hormone free interval (inactive pills). Then, start a new pack. Use back-up contraception for 7 days.
Common side effects of Syeda include:
Changes in your period
Periods lasting longer than expected
Breast tenderness or soreness
Bleeding between periods
Uncommon side effects of Syeda include:
Periods that are longer of heavier than normal
Vomiting (if you vomit after within 2 hours of taking the pill, you should take another one as soon as possible. If you vomit again, your birth control may not work and you should use additional forms of contraception for the next week.
Please note, this is NOT a complete list of side effects. Other side effects are possible. You should always read the patient information leaflet before taking any medication and you should reread it every time you get a new pack in case the information has been updated.
If you experience any allergic symptoms of the symptoms of a blood clot, you should seek emergency medical attention.
The symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
Swelling of mouth, lips, tongue or throat
The symptoms of a blood clot can be varied and include the following:
Pain in the chest, jaw or left arm
Lack of coordination
Severe headaches or migraines
Visual changes including double vision, blindness and other impairments.
You should not take Syeda if you have a history of or have:
Certain medications can interfere with the way Syeda works, meaning you are at risk of pregnancy. These include:
There are many options for contraception, including hormonal methods (patch, pill, ring, implant, IUD) vs. non-hormonal treatments (copper-IUD, barrier methods, spermicide). There are other hormonal birth control pills like Syeda. Discuss with your doctor your preferences, health conditions and the risks and benefits of each type of contraception.
Syeda can cause altered moods in some women which can include depression. This often happens when you first start taking Syeda as it disrupts your natural hormone levels. If your symptoms are mild, you may be advised to wait a couple of weeks to see if your mood improves. If your depression persists, see your doctor. They may recommend a different type of pill or birth control or prescribe antidepressants.
PCOS stands for polycystic-ovary-syndrome. Birth Control Pills like Syeda are an effective treatment to regulate your hormones and menstrual cycle. This means that you'll know when to expect your period and your symptoms will be less disruptive.
Syeda is the same as other birth control pills such as Yasmin, Yaz, Nikki and Gianvi. Yasmin is the brand name birth control pill so it is usually more expensive.
We offer competitive prices for birth control pills here at Medzino. You can order a 3 month supply of Syeda for $27 after a quick online consultation for home delivery without needing to see a doctor.
One of the potential side effects listed of taking birth control pills like Syeda is weight gain. This is a common concern for many women but most of the time perceived weight gain is actually fluid retention which usually disappears after a couple of months. Older forms of the pill used to contain a much larger dose of estrogen which commonly causes weight gain but the standard dose of 35mg in modern birth control pills is too small to cause any significant weight gain.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. You and your physician will determine if and how you should take any medication prescribed to you following a medical consultation.
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