Junel Fe vs. Yaz

Are Junel Fe and Yaz the Same Thing?

Junel Fe28 (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol, ferrous fumarate) and Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) are combinations of female hormones used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. Junel Fe28 and Yaz are also used to treat acne.

Yaz is also used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Junel Fe28 also contains the mineral iron.

Side effects of Junel Fe28 and Yaz that are similar include nausea (especially when you first start taking Junel Fe28 or Yaz), vomiting, headache, stomach cramping/bloating, vaginal itching or 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, vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting), missed/irregular periods, and decreased sex drive.

Side effects of Junel Fe28 that are different from Yaz include dizziness. Acne may improve or get worse.

Side effects of Yaz that are different from Junel Fe28 include changes in your menstrual periods, fatigue, irritability, and swelling of the ankles/feet (fluid retention).

Junel Fe28 may interact with acetaminophen, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), prednisolone, theophylline, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, barbiturates, or HIV/AIDS medications.

Yaz may interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), spironolactone, potassium supplements, ACE inhibitors, and angiotensin-II receptor antagonists (ARBs).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Junel Fe?

Side effects of Junel Fe include:

  • nausea (especially when you first start taking Junel Fe28),
  • vomiting,
  • headache,
  • stomach cramping/byazating,
  • dizziness,
  • vaginal itching or discharge, or
  • breast tenderness or swelling,
  • nipple discharge,
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin,
  • increased hair growth,
  • yazss of scalp hair,
  • changes in weight or appetite,
  • problems with contact lenses, or
  • decreased sex drive.
  • Acne may improve or get worse.
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting) or missed/irregular menstrual periods may occur, especially during the first few months of use.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Yaz?

Common side effects of Yaz include:

  • headache,
  • changes in your menstrual periods,
  • vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting),
  • missed/irregular periods,
  • nausea (especially when you first start taking Yaz),
  • vomiting,
  • bloating,
  • stomach cramps,
  • breast pain/tenderness/swelling,
  • nipple discharge,
  • fatigue,
  • irritability,
  • decreased sex drive (libido),
  • changes in weight or appetite,
  • mood changes,
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin,
  • increased hair growth,
  • loss of scalp hair,
  • problems with contact lenses,
  • swelling of the ankles/feet (fluid retention), or
  • vaginal itching or discharge.

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What Is Junel Fe?

Junel Fe28 (norethindrone acetate, ethinyl estradiol, ferrous fumarate) is a combination of female hormones and the mineral iron used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. Junel Fe28 is also used to treat severe acne.

What Is Yaz?

Yaz is a birth control pill. It contains two female hormones, a synthetic estrogen called ethinyl stradiol and a progestin called drospirenone.

What Drugs Interact With Junel Fe?

Yaz may interact with phenylbutazone, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medicines, barbiturates, or HIV medicines. Some drugs can make ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate less effective, which may result in pregnancy. Discuss all medications you are taking with your doctor. Yaz must not be used during pregnancy. This medication passes into breast milk, may affect milk production, and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Yaz?

Yaz may interact with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, spironolactone, potassium supplements, ACE inhibitors, and angiotensin-II receptor antagonists (ARBs).

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How Should Junel Fe Be Taken?

Junel Fe28 must be taken exactly as directed. It is taken as a continuous administration regimen consisting of 21 light yelyazw or pink tablets of Junel, and 7 brown non-hormone containing tablets of ferrous fumarate. There are no "off-tablet" days.

How Should Yaz Be Taken?

  1. Be sure to read the directions before you start taking your pills or anytime you are not sure what to do.
  2. The right way to take the pill is to take one pill every day at the same time in the order directed on the package. Preferably, take the pill after the evening meal or at bedtime, with some liquid, as needed. Yasmin can be taken without regard to meals. If you miss pills you could get pregnant. This includes starting the pack late. The more pills you miss, the more likely you are to get pregnant. See "WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS PILLS” below.
  3. Many women have spotting or light bleeding at unexpected times, or may feel sick to their stomach during the first 1-3 packs of pills. NDA 21098 Yasmin FDA Approved 9 Aug 2017 21 If you do have spotting or light bleeding or feel sick to your stomach, do not stop taking the pill. The problem will usually go away. If it does not go away, check with your healthcare provider.
  4. Missing pills can also cause spotting or light bleeding, even when you make up these missed pills. On the days you take two pills, to make up for missed pills, you could also feel a little sick to your stomach.
  5. If you have vomiting (within 3 to 4 hours after you take your pill), you should follow the instructions for "WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS PILLS." If you have diarrhea or if you take certain medicines, including some antibiotics and some herbal products such as St. John's Wort, your pills may not work as well. Use a back-up method (such as condoms and spermicides) until you check with your healthcare provider.
  6. If you have trouble remembering to take the pill, talk to your healthcare provider about how to make pill-taking easier or about using another method of birth control.
  7. If you have any questions or are unsure about the information in this leaflet, call your healthcare provider.
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References

Dailymed. Junel Fe Product Information.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=75bb0024-8f1a-4036-9acd-006ea430f3b7
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. Yaz Product Information.
http://www.yaz-us.com/

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