What is Seasonale?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Seasonale® is a combination that contains ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel. It is used for prevention of pregnancy and postcoital contraception. It is also used for treatment of hypermenorrhea (menorrhagia); pain associated with endometriosis; dysmenorrhea; and dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 6 6
Dysmenorrhea 3 1
Ovarian cyst 3 3
Endometriosis 2 0
Migraine headaches 2 1
Emotional lability 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 3
Mild 3
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Seasonale

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 3
Depressed mood 1
Fluid retention (edema) 1
Mid-cycle spotting 1
Nausea 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Seasonale

Dosage Patients
0.15 mg daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Seasonale

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 2
Side effects too severe 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
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Duration

Currently taking Seasonale

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Seasonale

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 2
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Seasonale after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norgestrel (Cryselle 28) 1

Patients stopped taking Seasonale and switched to:

Treatment Patients
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norgestrel (Cryselle 28) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Seasonale

Aug 16, 2009 (Started Feb 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg Daily
Side effects: breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding, missed menstrual period

Mar 5, 2009 (Started Feb 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (missed menstrual period, breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have major cramps when its that "time of the month", on Sesonale I don't have a monthly "time of the month". Its normally around every 3 months and actually my period is lighter almost like not having one at all.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding, missed menstrual period

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