Ovranette is a combined oral contraceptive pill (‘the Pill’) taken by women to stop pregnancy
Ovranette may also be prescribed for other conditions such as painful menstruation, pre-menstrual tension, endometriosis or heavy or irregular bleeding from the womb
Ovranette is a highly effective contraceptive
Ovranette contains two types of female sex hormones, estrogen and progestogen which prevent an egg being released from your ovaries so pregnancy is prevented and also makes the cervix fluid thicker making it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
Ovranette is a 21-day pill – take one each day for 21 days, followed by 7 days when no pill is taken.
Ovranette benefits include:
one of the most reliable reversible methods of contraception if used correctly
sex is not interrupted
periods can be more regular, lighter and less painful
may help with pre-menstrual symptoms.
Ovranette will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections, only condoms can help to do this. Ovranette must be taken as directed to prevent pregnancy.
To prevent pregnancy, always take Ovranette as instructs. C
Take Ovranette every day for 21 days.
Ovranette comes in strips of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week.
Take your pill at the same time every day.
Start by taking a pill marked with the correct day of the week.
Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 21 pills.
Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill.
Then have seven pill-free days.
After you have taken all 21 pills in the strip, you have seven days when you take no pills. So if you
take the last pill of one pack on a Friday, you will take the first pill of your next pack on the Saturday of the following week.
Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed like a period. This bleed may not have finished when it is time to start your next strip of pills.
You don’t need to use extra contraception during these seven pill-free days – as long as you have taken your pills correctly and start the next strip of pills on time.
Start taking your next strip of Ovranette after the seven pill-free days – even if you are still bleeding.
Always start the new strip on time.
As long as you take Ovranette correctly, you will always start each new strip on the same day of the week.
Each tablet contains: 150 micrograms of the progestogen levonorgestrel, and 30 micrograms of the estrogen ethinylestradiol.
Ovranette also contains the inactive ingredients: lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate, talc, sucrose, polyethylene glycol, calcium carbonate, white wax and wax carnauba.
Always consult the Patient Information Leaflet to understand the benefits and risks of taking Ovranette before you start taking it. Although Ovranette is suitable for most healthy women, it isn’t suitable for everyone.
Do not take Ovranette if any of the following conditions apply to you:
If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or breast-feeding
If you have cancer affected by sex hormones – such as some cancers of the breast or ovary
If you have vaginal bleeding that has not been explained by your doctor
If you or anyone in your close family has ever had a problem with their blood circulation. This includes a blood clot (thrombosis) in the legs (deep vein thrombosis), lungs (pulmonary embolism), heart (heart attack), brain (stroke) or any other parts of the body
If you have very high or uncontrolled blood pressure
If you have any condition which makes you more at risk of a blood clot
If you have an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) or a heart valve disorder
If you have migraine with visual disturbances
If you have diabetes which has affected your circulation
If you are 35 years old or over and smoke 15 or more cigarettes per day
If you have the disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
If you have ever had liver tumours or severe liver disease and been told by your doctor that your liver function tests are not yet back to normal
If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substances, levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or dentist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines:
some medicines used to treat epilepsy
some medicines used to treat tuberculosis
some medicines used to treat HIV or AIDS
some medicines used to treat fungal infections
some medicines used to treat sleep disorders
some medicines used to treat inflammatory conditions such as gout
some antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections
St John’s wort (a herbal remedy).
certain medicines used to prevent rejection after an organ transplant
certain drugs for asthma
certain medicines used to treat epilepsy
Remind your doctor that you are taking the Pill if you take any of the above medicines.
Ovranette contains lactose and sucrose - iIf you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before using Ovranette.
Always consult your Patient Information Leaflet before taking Ovranette.
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