Ocella is a prescription medication consisting of 0.03 mg of ethinyl estradiol and 3 mg of drospirenone. It is used to prevent pregnancy and to treat acne in women who are at least 14-years-old. The package for Ocella has 21 active tablets and seven inactive tablets; the medication is administered once a day every day. The 21 active tablets are taken starting on day one of the cycle and the seven inactive tablets are taken during the last week of the cycle. Ask your physician or pharmacist to explain how to take the medication correctly and what to do when you miss a dose.
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Actions of Ocella
Ocella is a combination oral contraceptive that prevents ovulation, which is the release of a mature egg into the fallopian tube. The drug also changes the cervical lining of the uterus making it difficult for the sperm to reach the uterus if ovulation does occur. In this manner, pregnancy is inhibited.
Weight loss may also occur in women on Ocella. The medication may cause other side effects, as well, such as nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and bloating, which may lead to a decrease in appetite and a decrease in the amount of food you eat, explains the “Drug Information Handbook.” These side effects usually subside with continued use of the medication. However, if these side effects become severe, call your physician. Do not skip meals and ensure that you eat an adequate amount at every meal.
Contacting A Physician
Your weight remains stable once you reach adulthood and a small amount of weight loss is not a need to be concerned. However, if you lose a significant amount of weight, which is defined as 10 lbs. or 5 percent of body weight within six months, without trying, inform your physician. Unexplained weight loss may indicate a more serious condition. Infection, cancer, gastrointestinal problems, depression and endocrine disorders may cause sudden weight loss, according to Mayo Clinic. Never hesitate to speak with a health care professional if you have any concerns.
Your physician will monitor you appropriately during regular visits and determine if the medication is working properly. If weight loss requires a medication change, you can discuss it with your doctor. Although other oral contraceptives may cause weight changes, they may be better option for you. Other forms of contraception, such as injections or the patch, may also be a good option for you.