Gesto-kare Tablet

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Introduction

Gesto-kare Tablet is a combination of two medicines used for contraception (to prevent pregnancy) and in the treatment of irregular periods. It helps to prevent the release of the egg and its fertilization by the sperm. It may also help to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.

Gesto-kare Tablet can be taken with or without food, but take it at the same time to get the most benefit. It should be taken as per your doctor's advice. You will have to take the pill on day one of your menstrual cycle and continue taking it for a whole month. Once the pack gets over, start with a new one. If you experience vomiting within 4 hours of dose intake, take another tablet. In case you missed your dose and you are late by 12 hours in taking the missed dose, use a condom during intercourse for a period of 2 days.

Nausea, headache,  breast pain, and weight gain are some commonly seen side effects of this medicine. If these bother you or appear serious, let your doctor know. There may be ways of reducing or preventing them. You might experience spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods or missed periods. Consult with your doctor if this occurs frequently or persists longer. Inform your doctor if you notice swelling and pain in your limbs, shortness of breath, chest pain, or changes in vision, as it may be a sign of a blood clot.

Before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you smoke and are over 35, or if you have ever had a heart attack or have cancer of the uterus/cervix, or vagina. Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works. Do not take the medicine if you are pregnant already or breastfeeding. You might be asked for a regular check-up of blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar level while on treatment.

Uses of Gesto-kare Tablet

Benefits of Gesto-kare Tablet

In Contraception

Gesto-kare Tablet is a contraceptive medicine that stops you from getting pregnant. It prevents an egg from being released from your ovaries and also decreases movement of sperms. This affects the fertilisation process and prevents it. Gesto-kare Tablet is a reliable and safe method for contraception, if used correctly. It does not interrupt with sex and you can lead a normal routine life without any worries. Take it as directed by the doctor to get the most benefit.

Side effects of Gesto-kare Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Gesto-kare

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Irregular uterine bleeding
  • Weight gain
  • Breast pain

How to use Gesto-kare Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Gesto-kare Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Gesto-kare Tablet works

Gesto-kare Tablet is an oral contraceptive pill. It works by preventing the release of egg (ovulation) and affecting sperm movement in the womb to prevent its union with the egg. It also changes the lining of the womb and renders it unsuitable for pregnancy.

Safety advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Gesto-kare Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
UNSAFE
Gesto-kare Tablet is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Seek your doctor's advice as studies on pregnant women and animals have shown significant harmful effects to the developing baby.
Breast feeding
UNSAFE
Gesto-kare Tablet is unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Data suggests that the drug may cause toxicity to the baby.
Nonhormonal and progestin-only contraceptives are preferred in breastfeeding women, especially during the first 4 weeks postpartum
Driving
SAFE
Gesto-kare Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Gesto-kare Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Gesto-kare Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Gesto-kare Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Gesto-kare Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease and active liver disease.

What if you forget to take Gesto-kare Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Gesto-kare Tablet, please consult your doctor.

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Quick tips

  • Your doctor has prescribed Gesto-kare Tablet to help you prevent pregnancy.
  • It also results in lighter, less painful and more regular menstrual bleeding.
  • It may help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Take your pill at the same time every day to help you remember to take it.
  • You may experience menstrual irregularities such as spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods or missed periods. Consult your doctor if this persists.
  • Do not use Gesto-kare Tablet if you are obese, over 35, smoke, on prolonged bed rest, or have a history of blood clots.
  • Stop taking this medicine and inform your doctor immediately if you notice unexplained swelling and pain in your limbs, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe headache, or changes in vision. These could be symptoms of a blood clot in a vein.
  • Stop taking Gesto-kare Tablet and inform your doctor immediately if you notice your skin and whites of the eye turning yellow (jaundice), severe stomach pain, severe depression or if you think you could be pregnant.

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FAQs

Q. What is Gesto-kare Tablet and what is it used for?

Gesto-kare Tablet is a combined oral contraceptive medicine that contains two hormones estrogen and progesterone. It is used to prevent pregnancy.

Q. How and in what dose should I take Gesto-kare Tablet?

Take this medicine as per the advice of your doctor. However, take it at the same time each day, to ensure consistent levels of medicine in your body.

Q. What if I forget to take Gesto-kare Tablet?

If you forget to take one tablet, take it as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two tablets at the same time and then follow the usual dosing schedule. However, if you forget to take two or more doses, you may not be totally protected against pregnancy. In this case, start taking the tablet as soon as you remember and use a non-hormonal method of contraception such as condoms for at least next 7 days to prevent pregnancy. Frequent missing of doses may lead to unexpected vaginal bleeding or spotting (blood stain). Consult your doctor, if this persists.

Q. What if I vomit after taking Gesto-kare Tablet?

If you vomit within 3-4 hours after taking Gesto-kare Tablet, then it is considered as a missed dose. So, you should take another dose as soon as you feel well enough.

Q. What are the common side effects of taking Gesto-kare Tablet?

You may experience irregular vaginal bleeding while taking Gesto-kare Tablet. Other common side effects include headache, nausea (feeling sick), acne, depression (sad mood), and breast pain. Most of them are temporary if these persist consult with your doctor.

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