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Apri birth control pills are combined pills commonly used to prevent pregnancy. They are also prescribed to treat acne, heavy and painful periods, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. You can get an Apri birth control prescription online by connecting with our doctor at Your Doctors Online. Our online doctor will ask you to describe your symptoms to determine the best course of treatment. Then, if deemed necessary, they may recommend a follow-up appointment or a visit to a clinic.

However, please note that an online birth control prescription will be provided after consultation with the doctor and if the treatment is considered suitable and safe for you.

What is Apri?

Apri birth control pills are a form of contraceptive available widely to prevent pregnancy. Apri medication contains a combination of female sex hormones, namely desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol, that prevent the process of ovulation. In order to effectively prevent pregnancy, Apri birth control pills must be taken once daily at the same time daily.

Uses of Apri

Apri birth control pills are combined pills commonly used to prevent pregnancy. Additionally, it is used to treat acne, heavy and painful periods, endometriosis and uterine fibroids.

How does it works?

Apri ingredients include desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol, which are synthetic hormones. Apri birth control is a popular option amongst women who want to take oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. The Apri dosage depends on the person’s health needs and can vary from person to person. These hormones work in conjunction, preventing the release of the egg from the ovaries, hence stopping ovulation from occurring. Apri oral contraceptives cause changes to the cervical mucus and uterine lining; both stop the sperm from reaching the egg, preventing fertilization and implantation.

What are the different dosage forms of Apri?

Apri is available as a package of 28 pills. Desogestrel 0.15mg, ethinyl estradiol 30mcg (21 tabs) and inert (7 tabs).

How to take it?

Apri is available as a 28-day pack. There are 21 active tablets containing 0.15 mg of desogestrel and 30 mcg of ethinyl estradiol. The 7 inactive or placebo tablets contain no hormones. While taking the last 7 pills, you should get your period. Apri should be taken orally at the same time each day. The pill can be taken with or without food. You should take the pills in the correct order and make your way towards the end of the pack.

Take one Apri 28-day tablet as instructed; you can start your new pack after taking your last inactive pill. If you miss your period, inform your doctor. If you have just started your very first pack, you will require an additional non-hormonal form of birth control, such as using condoms for the first week. Birth control has low failure rates if taken correctly.

Side Effects of Apri

Common side effects of Apri may include: 

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight changes 
  • Headache
  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Spotting
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Depression

Rare but more severe side effects of Apri may include: 

  • Heart attack: chest pain, sweating, nausea or dizziness
  • Stroke: sudden numbness/ weakness in the arm, leg, or face, difficulty walking, confusion, trouble seeing, headache
  • Pulmonary embolism: chest pain,cough, trouble breathing, racing heart
  • Deep vein thrombosis: leg cramps, pain, swelling, muscle tightness.

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  • Ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel, 0.15 mg desogestrel and 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol
  • Take one tablet orally after a meal for 28 days.

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Precautions and contraindications

Apri birth control over the counter is not an option due to certain risks associated with taking the medication:

  • Before starting the medication, inform your doctor if you have a history of hypertension, diabetes, stroke, migraines, blood clots, blood clotting disorders, breast cancer, high cholesterol, depression, gallbladder problems, heart problems, jaundice during pregnancy, kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid problems etc.
  • It is essential to know that most women do experience light bleeding or spotting while taking the pills. They may also experience nausea or an upset stomach while taking the first few packs. Missing pills can lead to spotting as well.
  • If you throw up within 4 hours after you take your pill, you should follow the instructions on what to do if you miss the pills. Moreover, if you have diarrhea and or are on certain antibiotics, the effectiveness of Apri may be reduced. 
  • If you are not regular when it comes to taking pills or this form of birth control does not work for you, talk to your doctor about other methods, including Depo, patches and implants.
  • Apri may interact with the following drugs, including ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, tamoxifen, rifampin, phenytoin, carbamazepine, felbamate, oxcarbazepine, phenylbutazone, topiramate, griseofulvin, St. John’s wort etc.

FAQs about Apri prescription online

What kind of birth control pill is Apri?

Apri is a form of combination birth control pills that contains a mixture of female hormones desogestrel and estrogen that prevent ovulation.

Does Apri cause weight gain?

Some people have reported weight gain while being on Apri. Although, the side effects can vary from person to person and are mainly related to water retention.

How can I refill my Apri prescription?

You will need to consult with our online doctor to refill your Apri prescription. After discussing our medical concerns and history, our online doctor can send your prescription to your preferred local pharmacy.

How long does Apri take to become effective?

Apri becomes effective within 7 days if you have just started taking birth control pills. You will require an additional form of contraceptive, such as condoms, during this time.

What happens if I take too much Apri?

You may experience nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding if you have taken extra pills. Please seek medical help if that is the case.

How effective is Apri birth control?

Mostly, Apri or any form of birth control is considered effective if taken correctly.

Is Apri a low-hormone birth control?

Apri is considered a low-dose birth control containing desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol.

What are the benefits of Apri?

Even though taking Apri pills may increase your risk of developing some health conditions, it can have some benefits, including: – Reduced chances of developing ovarian cysts -Fewer changes of acne break out – Regulation of the menstrual cycle – Decreased blood loss – Reduced risk of endometrial cancer – Decreased incidence of ovarian cancer

Do you have to take birth control at the same time every day?

Taking the pill at the same time every day ensures maximum effectiveness.

Will I still get my period while I'm taking Apri?

Yes, you’ll still get a period while taking Apri birth control pills. This is referred to as withdrawal bleed and occurs when you take the last 7 inactive pills.

Is Apri good for PCOS?

Birth control pills are an option for treating PCOS who don’t wish to get pregnant. The hormones in these pills can help regulate menstrual bleeding, reduce excessive hair growth and treat acne.

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