Althea pills: benefits, side effects and price
Thinking of using Althea pills as a contraceptive? Here are the important things you need to know about it.
Althea pills is one brand of contraceptive pills that is available in the Philippines. It is a combination pill that contains estrogen and progestin hormones. It is not only used for contraception but also as a “beauty pill” to treat unwanted skin conditions.
The benefits of using Althea pills
Althea pills is the cheaper counterpart of the Diane 35 pill. Just like it, it also contains Cyproterone Acetate, a synthetic anti-androgen, and Ethinyl Estradiol, an artificial form of estrogen hormones. These hormones not only help to prevent pregnancies on women but also helps to control and treat skin conditions such as acne and hirsutism.
Althea pills is also one of the recommended medical treatments for women who are suffering from PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome. Or for those who are experiencing hormonal imbalances and irregular menstrual cycle.
Aside from its medicinal purposes, another thing users love about it is the glowing and blooming effect of the pill to the skin. But one should not abuse using the pill, as it also comes with side effects.
According to MedicineNet, Althea pills should not be used “solely” just for birth control purposes. Once the condition faced by a woman such as severe acne or hirsutism is already controlled, taking the pill should be stopped after using it in 3 or 4 menstrual cycles. Because taking the pill increases the chance of a woman to suffer from serious side effects such as blood clots and heart problems, most especially for those who are smoking.
Althea pills side effects
Please note that before using any contraceptive pills or medication, it is better to consult your doctor first. It is for you to be sure that the medication you’ll be taking is appropriate and suitable for you. And if you are using Althea pills and you are experiencing the following, you should go back and see your doctor right away.
- Breast tenderness
- Change in sexual desire
- Breakthrough bleeding/spotting
- Swelling or pain in the legs
- Vision changes
- Chest pain
- One-sided weakness
- Irregular heartbeat
- Dark urine
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin
- Stomach/abdominal pain
- Mental/mood changes
- Unusual change in the amount of urine
- Allergic reactions such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
Symptoms mentioned are considered serious side effects of the pill that should stop a woman from using it.
Price of Althea pills and how to use it
As of now, Althea pills can be bought on drugstores nationwide at a suggested retail price of P489.50 per packet.
A pack contains 21 active pills that should be used starting on the first day of menstruation. One pill should be taken once a day at the same time, religiously, until the 21 active pills are consumed. Then, the user should have a 7-day break from the pill before taking another packet. Menstrual bleeding should occur during the 7 days without using the medication. After the 7-days break, the user should start taking a new packet of Althea pills, this is regardless, whether the period has begun or not.
Women who are using Althea pills for the first time should use a back-up contraceptive method such as a condom until finishing the first packet of the pill. This is to be sure that pregnancy won’t occur during the transition.
In case of a missed pill, the user should take the missed pill within the next 12 hours. If more than 12 hours have passed, the missed pill should be discarded and taking the remaining pills should continue on its scheduled time every day.
If the user missed 2 to 3 pills, it increases her chance to get pregnant so using a back-up method such as condoms is advised.