Health Canada is warning women who take Alesse 21 and 28 that the birth control may be ineffective due to broken or smaller-than-normal pills.
The following products fall under the warning:
- Alesse 21 (DIN 02236974) Lot A2532, expires August 2018
- Alesse 28 (DIN 02236975) Lot A3183, expires April 2019
“The blister packages for both contained an active (pink) pill that was roughly half the proper size,” said Health Canada in a statement.
Health Canada advises women taking Alesse to do the following:
- Check your pills before and after taking them out of the blister package. Do not consume a pill if it looks unusual. Examine both sides of each pill thoroughly for anything unusual before taking it (such as, a different (paler) colour, jagged edges, or the pill is broken or smaller than normal). It may not be immediately obvious from looking at the blister package that there is a problem with the pills, as the underside of the pill cannot be seen while in the blister pack.
- If you have a package with an unusual pill, return it to your pharmacy for a replacement package.
- Do not stop taking your birth control pills as this may result in pregnancy. If you have questions or concerns about your birth control product, talk to a health care professional, including about alternatives. Talk to a health care professional if you have any questions or concerns about your birth control product.