Chateal EQ birth control - online prescription available

Chateal EQ birth control is an effective contraceptive pill for preventing pregnancy. Get a same-day prescription or refill of Chateal from a caring doctor online.*

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About Chateal EQ birth control

Chateal is considered a combination oral contraceptive, which functions by using a combination of levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol hormones to prevent pregnancy. Like other oral contraceptives, this medication prevents ovulation.

Some conditions that Chateal EQ is known to treat include pregnancy prevention, abnormal uterine bleeding, hyperlactation, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Chateal is a prescription-only birth control. It is available as a generic formulation as well as under different brand names, including Nordette, Camrese Lo, Enpresse-28, Lillow, Lutera, Orsythia, Simpesse, Trivora, and many more. 

Chateal may be prescribed as levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets in blister packs or as weekly transdermal patches. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage that you are prescribed.

If you are prescribed Chateal, make sure to take the pill daily at the same time to achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness. Otherwise, the birth control pills may not be fully effective in preventing pregnancy.

Chateal birth control uses

Chateal has several FDA-approved uses, and it can also be prescribed off-label to treat various other conditions. Your physician may recommend it for any of the common reasons listed below or for other reasons not mentioned. If you have any doubts about why a medication has been prescribed, you can consult your online clinician or pharmacist.

  • Birth control

    Chateal is a birth control that uses hormones to prevent pregnancy and is considered a combination oral contraceptive.

  • Off-label uses

    The FDA approved off-label uses for Chateal for abnormal uterine bleeding, emergency contraception, excess breast milk production, and suppression of menstrual periods. Chateal helps regulate uterine bleeding, can be used as an emergency contraception, slows down milk production, and suppresses a women's monthly cycle.

Chateal side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking Chateal are typically mild. Most Chateal side effects are associated with gastrointestinal discomfort. Common side effects of Chateal birth control can include:

    • Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps

    • Weight gain

    • Headache

    • Dizziness

    • Tender breasts

    • Back pain

    • Dark patches of skin on your face

    • Breakthrough bleeding

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    You should call your doctor if you notice any of these side effects or if you develop any other new or concerning symptoms.

How to take Chateal birth control

Your pharmacist will give you guidance on how to take your Chateal birth control.

Ensure that you read your prescription label carefully and adhere to the instructions. If you have any concerns, contact your doctor or pharmacy.

Chateal may be available in various forms and dosages. Therefore, it's crucial to follow your prescription's specific instructions. Usually, it is recommended to take it once a day. In case of persistent nausea, you may be told to consume it with food.

What to avoid while taking Chateal (interactions)

It's essential to be cautious when taking Chateal since there are many drug interactions. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before altering your medication regimen, including supplements and over-the-counter drugs. Some of the major drug interactions include:

  • St. John's Wort

  • Rifampin

  • Topiramate

  • Phenytoin

  • Carbamazepine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about consuming alcohol while taking Chateal, since regular alcohol consumption may affect how medications function.

Medication alternatives to Chateal

If your doctor prefers to put you on another treatment altogether, they may suggest another combination oral contraceptive or birth control in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

Chateal birth conrol FAQs

  • How much does Chateal cost?

    Chateal is available as a low-cost generic formula for around $17 for a one-month supply. Depending on your insurance coverage, it can be completely covered. Otherwise, you can find the lowest price at nearby pharmacies and save up to 80% on prescriptions as a PlushCare member with our in-app Rx Price Finder and prescription discount card.

  • How can I refill my Chateal prescription?

    Chateal is only available by prescription, so you will need to see a board-certified doctor to get a refill on your prescription. To get started, book a virtual appointment with one of our top-rated doctors. After a qualifying evaluation, your prescription will be sent to your local pharmacy for pickup.

  • Who should not take Chateal?

    Do not take Chateal if you have a history of blood clots, breast cancer, other cancers, heart valve problems, heart disease, smoking cigarettes, liver problems, or migraines.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Chateal?

    If 1 active tablet is missed, take the missed dose as soon as possible. If 2 active tablets are missed, take the 2 missed doses as soon as possible and take the next 2 active tablets the next day. Continue taking 1 tablet a day until the pack is finished.

  • What happens if I take too much Chateal?

    If you think there has been an overdose, call your local poison control center or get medical care immediately.

  • Is Chateal a good birth control?

    Chateal is a safe and effective birth control for most individuals, but it may not be the best choice for everyone. To find the right birth control for you, speak to one of our doctors to explore your birth control options.

  • Does Chateal birth control make you gain weight?

    Chateal birth control will not cause most individuals to gain weight. About 2% of people gain weight while taking Chateal.

  • How long does it take Chateal birth control to work?

    Backup contraception should be used for 7 days after starting Chateal unless it was initiated within the first 5 days of menstrual bleeding. After 7 days, it will be an effective method of contraception.

3 simple steps to request your Chateal birth control today 

Step 1

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Step 2

Talk to your clinician regarding your Chateal prescription.

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Step 3

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Chateal birth control pricing details

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  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

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  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

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  • Cancel anytime

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Initial visits are $129.

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