Aviane vs. Lutera

Are Aviane and Lutera the Same Thing?

Aviane (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) and Lutera (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets) are combinations of female hormones used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy.

Side effects of Aviane and Lutera that are similar include nausea (especially when you first start taking Aviane or Lutera), vomiting, headache, stomach cramping, bloating, dizziness, vaginal discomfort/irritation/itching, increased vaginal fluids/discharge, breast tenderness/enlargement/swelling, nipple discharge, freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair, changes in weight or appetite, problems with contact lenses, decreased sex drive, acne (may improve or worsen), and spotting between periods or missed/irregular menstrual periods (especially during the first few months of use).

Side effects of Lutera that are different from Aviane include swelling of the ankles or feet (fluid retention).

Both Aviane and Lutera may interact with acetaminophen, prednisolone, theophylline, cyclosporine, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, barbiturate sedatives, and HIV/AIDS medications.

Lutera may also interact with vitamin C.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Aviane?

Side effects of Aviane include:

Common side effects of Aviane include:

  • nausea (especially when you first start taking Aviane),
  • vomiting,
  • headache,
  • stomach cramping,
  • bloating,
  • dizziness,
  • vaginal discomfort/irritation/itching,
  • increased vaginal fluids/discharge,
  • breast tenderness/enlargement/swelling,
  • nipple discharge,
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin,
  • increased hair growth,
  • loss of scalp hair,
  • changes in weight or appetite,
  • problems with contact lenses, or
  • decreased sex drive.

Acne may improve or worsen. Vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting) or missed/irregular menstrual periods may occur, especially during the first few months of use of Aviane.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Lutera?

Common side effects of Lutera include:

  • nausea (especially when you first start taking Lutera),
  • vomiting,
  • headache,
  • stomach cramping,
  • bloating,
  • dizziness,
  • vaginal discomfort or itching,
  • vaginal discharge,
  • breast tenderness or swelling,
  • nipple discharge,
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin,
  • increased hair growth,
  • loss of scalp hair,
  • changes in weight or appetite,
  • problems with contact lenses,
  • decreased sex drive, or
  • swelling of the ankles or feet (fluid retention).
  • Acne may improve or worsen.
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting) or missed/irregular menstrual periods may occur, especially during the first few months of use.

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What Is Aviane?

Aviane (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) is a combination of female hormones used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy.

What Is Lutera?

Lutera (Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets) is a contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. Lutera is available in generic form.

What Drugs Interact With Aviane?

Aviane may interact with acetaminophen, prednisolone, theophylline, cyclosporine, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, barbiturate sedatives, or HIV or AIDS medications. Tell your doctor all medicines you are taking. Aviane must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor. Aviane passes into breast milk. This may affect milk production and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Lutera?

Lutera may adversely interact with acetaminophen, vitamin C, prednisolone, theophylline, cyclosporine, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, barbiturate sedatives, or HIV or AIDS medications. Tell your doctor all medicines you are taking. Lutera must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor. If you have just given birth or had a pregnancy loss/abortion after the first 3 months, talk with your doctor about reliable forms of birth control, and ask when it is safe to use birth control that contains a form of estrogen, such as Lutera. Lutera passes into breast milk. This may affect milk production and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

How Should Aviane be Taken?

Aviane comes in a pack of 28 tablets. Take one orange active table daily for 21 consecutive days, followed by one light-green inert tablet for 7 consecutive days, according to the prescribed schedule.

How Should Lutera be Taken?

A Lutera pill pack contains 21 pills with active medication. It may also contain 7 inert reminder pills. Take one active pill (with hormones) once daily for 21 days in a row. If you are using a product with 28 tablets, take an inactive pill once daily for 7 days after you have taken the last active pill unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

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References
DailyMed. Aviane Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=8f88b17a-5d0e-448a-8a60-f49c28ba6dfb

DailyMed. Lutera Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=b91ad328-f2f4-4f7d-82d3-daaada95f509&audience=consumer

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