Loryna is a combination of two female hormones, drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, which prevent ovulation and thicken cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the eggs.
Loryna comes in a packet containing 28 pills, with 21 active pills containing the hormones and 7 placebo pills. One active pill is taken daily for 21 days, followed by one placebo pill daily for 7 days. During the week of placebo pills, a woman will usually have her menstrual period.
Loryna is 99% effective at preventing pregnancies when taken correctly. However, it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
The most common side effects of Loryna are nausea, vomiting, headaches, breast tenderness, and changes in menstrual periods. It may also increase the risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attack in women who smoke or have a history of these conditions.
Women who smoke and are over 35 years old, have a history of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, or have liver or kidney disease should not take Loryna. It is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you miss one active pill, take it as soon as you remember and take the next pill at the regular time. If you miss two active pills in a row in the first or second week, take two pills each day for two days and then continue with one pill a day. If you miss two active pills in a row in the third week, discard the rest of the pills and start a new packet immediately. If you miss one or more placebo pills, it is not necessary to take them.
Q: Can I use Loryna to skip my periods?
A: Yes, Loryna can be used to skip periods by continuously taking active pills.
Q: Can I take Loryna with other medications?
A: Loryna may interact with certain medications such as antibiotics, antifungal medications, and HIV medications. Consult with your doctor to determine if Loryna is safe to take with other medications.
Q: Can I switch from another birth control pill to Loryna?
A: Yes, you can switch from another birth control pill to Loryna. Consult with your doctor to determine the appropriate time to switch and any potential side effects.
Q: What should I do if I experience severe side effects while taking Loryna?
A: If you experience severe side effects such as chest pain, shortness of breath, severe headaches, or vision changes, stop taking Loryna and seek medical attention immediately.
Q: Is Loryna covered by insurance?
A: Loryna may be covered by insurance, but it depends on your specific insurance plan. Check with your insurance provider to determine coverage.