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Last updated on 19/10/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Drospirenone + Ethinylestradiol


DRUG CLASS: Contraceptives

SUB CLASS: Progestins, Oestrogens

USED FOR: Contraception

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 3mg/30 mcg (tablets)

What is Yasmin for?

Yasmin is a brand of oral contraceptives which contains two hormones: Drospirenone and Ethinylestradiol, which mimics the natural female hormones in the body. Yasmin disrupts the normal menstrual cycle, and prevents ovulation, maturation of an egg and promotes detachment of fertilized eggs in the uterus lining.

How to use it?

Yasmin is taken orally as tablets. Take the first tablet on day 1 of the menstrual cycle or first Sunday after onset of menstruation. Take 21 consecutive days of a yellow tablet, followed by a 7-day drug-free period. Withdrawal bleeding will begin during the tablet-free period.

What are the side effects of Yasmin?

Common side effects of Yasmin include gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, menstrual cycle irregularities, stomach cramps, mood swings, nervousness, painful/tender breast and drowsiness.

Who should not take Yasmin?

People who are allergic to ethinylestradiol, drospirenone or any other component of the formulation.
– Patients with active or a history of thromboembolic disorders, such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
– Patients with active or previous cardiac problems, such as stroke, heart attack, uncontrolled high blood pressure.
– Women with undiagnosed vaginal bleeding.
– Patients with breast cancer and people with a past history of breast cancer.
Pregnant women.

Pharmacist Tips:

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you experience vaginal bleeding, severe mood changes.
– Yasmin is not indicated during pregnancy. If pregnancy occurs during treatment with Yasmin, stop further intake.
– Yasmin should not be considered effective as a contraceptive until after the first 7 consecutive days of product administration.
– Avoid smoking use while taking this medication.
– Oral contraceptives do not prevent STDs like HIV/AIDS, make sure to have protective measures for sexual intercourse.

Common dosing schedule:
Yasmin should be taken at the same time each day, preferably either after the evening meal or at bedtime.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Yasmin may interact with:
St. John’s wort
– Hepatitis C drugs, e.g. Ombitasvir, Paritaprevir, Ritonavir
– Anticonvulsants, e.g. Phenobarbital, Phenytoin, Carbamazepine
– Nonsteroidal-antiinflammatory drugs, e.g. Ibuprofen, Naproxen

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Yasmin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Yasmin is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Yasmin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.