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polyprotic
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Okay, today I got my prescription filled for the generic version of Yaz (finally there's a generic). I noticed that on the label the active ingredients are noted as "3mg/0.02mg" so my guess is that the regular pills are 3mg and the "sugar pills" actually contain .02mg. I checked the old box of the on-brand Yaz and noticed the same thing. I've never taken the sugar pills. Does anyone know if the white pills actually contain the active ingredient? Is it enough to make a difference (I take it for polycystic ovarian)? I'm kind of in between doctors at the moment, so I was just hoping someone here might know [Smile]

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So, Yaz is a type of "combined oral contraceptive pill" meaning that it has a combination of 2 hormones(synthetic forms of estrogen and progesterone). Active tablets of Yaz contain 3 mg drospirenone (progestin component) plus 0.02mg ethinylestradiol (estrogen component). The 4 inert tablets in each pack contain ingredients such as lactose and corn starch but no active hormones. You don't have to take the inert tablets as long as you're giving yourself that 4 day break to have a withdrawal bleed.

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Gotcha. That makes perfect sense. Thanks :]
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