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Learn more about YAZ

What is YAZ?

What is YAZ?

YAZ is the brand name for drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol oral tablets.

What dosages is YAZ available in?

What dosages is YAZ available in?

YAZ is available as oral tablets that contain 24 light pink tablets, each containing 3 mg drospirenone (DRSP) and 0.02 mg ethinyl estradiol and 4 white inert tablets.

What is YAZ used for?

What is YAZ used for?

YAZ is a progestin and estrogen combination used for:

  • Prevention of pregnancy
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Acne (in females 14 years and older who’ve already started their periods)
How does YAZ work?

How does YAZ work?

YAZ is a combination oral contraceptive (COC) that contains 2 hormones: drospirenone (a progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen). Both hormones work together to prevent pregnancy by:

  • Suppressing ovulation (release of an egg from the ovary)
  • Changing cervical mucus to block sperm movement
  • Creating an unfriendly environment for the fertilized egg by changing the lining in the uterus (womb)
  • YAZ also helps with acne by lowering the amount of testosterone in your body. This leads to less oil production and clogging of the pores of the skin, which helps prevent acne.
How do I take YAZ?

How do I take YAZ?

YAZ comes as a pre-packaged course (28 days) of medication. There are 24 active tablets and they each contain 3 mg drospirenone and 20 mcg ethinyl estradiol. There are 4 placebo tablets and they don’t contain any active medication. The typical dose is to take 1 active tablet by mouth daily for 24 days, followed by 1 placebo tablet daily for the remaining 4 days. The tablets must be taken in order as shown on the medication packaging.

Is it safe for me to take YAZ?

Is it safe for me to take YAZ?

YAZ is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication in the following:

  • Renal impairment
  • Adrenal insufficiency
  • A high risk of arterial or venous thrombotic diseases
    Undiagnosed abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Breast cancer or other estrogen- or progestin-sensitive cancer
  • Liver tumors or liver disease
  • Pregnancy
YAZ Common Side Effects

YAZ Common Side Effects

Common side effects of YAZ:

  • Heavy/irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Headache/migraine
  • Breast pain/tenderness
YAZ Serious Side Effects

YAZ Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with YAZ. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Heart attack: chest pain, stomach discomfort, sweating, nausea, dizziness
  • Stroke: sudden numbness or weakness in the arm, leg, or face, confusion, trouble seeing, headache, difficulty walking
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg): leg cramp, swelling, pain, muscle tightness
  • Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung): cough, chest pain, trouble breathing, racing heart
  • Liver problems: yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes, tiredness, stomach pain
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on YAZ

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on YAZ

The following medications may interact with YAZ:

  • Drugs or herbal products that induce certain enzymes (for example, CYP3A4) may decrease the effectiveness of COCs or increase breakthrough bleeding
  • Counsel patients to use a back-up or alternative method of contraception when enzyme inducers are used with COCs
Who makes YAZ?

Who makes YAZ?

Bayer Healthcare

Is YAZ safe in pregnancy?

Is YAZ safe in pregnancy?

YAZ should not be used during pregnancy. Inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while taking YAZ.


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