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Femodene ED - 84 Tablets (3-month course)
- One of the most reliable reversible methods of contraceptives
- Low dose tablets help to stop you getting pregnant
- Can be prescribed for females who experience painful or irregular menstruation
- Combined contraceptive pill to ease the pain and regulate the period
- Contains progestogen and oestrogen
- 28-day pill
Contraception Doctor Service
Femodene ED (Every Day) is a Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC) tablet also called "Pill". It contains two types of female hormones in a low dose - a progestogen: gestodene and an oestrogen: ethinylestradiol.
These help to stop you from getting pregnant, just as your natural hormones would stop you conceiving again when you are already pregnant.
The COC pill protects you against getting pregnant in three ways:
- Alter the lining of the womb to make it less likely to accept a fertilised egg.
- Stop the ovary from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).
- Also thicken the fluid (at the neck of the womb making it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg.
Femodene ED is a 28-day pill – you take one each day for 28 days. Every pack is designed to help you remember to take your pills. Your pack contains 3 foil memo strips with 3 sets of 7 self-adhesive strips showing the days of the week. Each foil memo strip contains 28 tablets: 21 small active tablets in 3 rows and 7 larger inactive tablets in the last row.
This combined contraceptive pill can be prescribed for females who experience painful or irregular menstruation in order to ease the pain and regulate the period.
You can order Femodene tablets from our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. To see if you are suitable for this treatment, complete the online assessment and checkout. Our UK registered doctors will review the order and after approval pass the prescription to the Pharmacy team. We will then dispense and dispatch your order to your chosen address.
- Femodene is not intended for use in females whose periods have not yet started.
- Femodene is not intended for use after the menopause.
- This medicine is not recommended for females who have an elevated risk of having thrombosis.
The Benefits Of Taking The Pill Include:
- it is one of the most reliable reversible methods of contraception if used correctly,
- it doesn’t interrupt sex,
- it usually makes your periods regular, lighter and less painful,
- it may help with premenstrual symptoms.
A good self care guide and information for contraceptives is available on the NHS website.
NHS - Contraception
Femodene tablets, like other hormonal contraceptives, do not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted disease.
What are the side effects of the Contraceptive Pill?
While side effects are usually uncommon and mild in nature, it is best to be aware of any that may occur. Some of the most common side effects include mood swings, headaches nausea, breast tenderness. For a full list of side effects and more information, you can read the Patient Information Leaflet of the medication.
What are the Advantages of the Combined Oral Contraceptive?
- Can reduce the risk of some cancers
- Can improve acne symptoms
- Can reduce menopausal symptoms
What are the disadvantages of the Combined Oral Contraceptive?
- Can cause headaches, breast tenderness and mood changes
- Can increase blood pressure
- Can experience breakthrough bleeding
What are the advantages of Progesterone only contraceptives?
- Reduced likelihood of side effects associated with combined pill
- Can be used during breastfeeding
- Can help with premenstrual symptoms
What are the disadvantages of Progesterone only contraceptives?
- Can cause irregular periods
- Can cause periods to be more frequent, or stop altogether
- Must be taken at the same time each day
Which pill is right for me?
Prescribers will take a thorough medical history before choosing the right contraceptive pill for you. For most people, the combined contraceptive pill works best. For those who are over 35, smoke, suffer from migraine or have other risk factors your doctor will look into, the Progesterone-only pill may be more suitable.
Am I protected straight away?
Some pills, if taken correctly, will provide protection immediately, while others take time to provide contraceptive cover. Refer to your patient information leaflet to find out when you are protected on your pill.
Do I still need to use a condom?
Although you will be covered against pregnancy with the pill, it is always advised to use a condom. This is to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
I forgot to take my pill – what should I do?
You should always take your pill around the same time each day to ensure maximum contraceptive cover. Different pills vary in the amount of time you can delay your dose. Always refer to your prescribed medication’s patient information leaflet to find more detailed information relating to missed doses.
Like all medicines, Femodene ED can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you get any side effects, particularly if severe and persistent, or have any change to your health that you think may be due to Femodene ED, please talk to your doctor.
An increased risk of blood clots in the veins (venous thromboembolism (VTE)) or blood clots in the arteries (arterial thromboembolism (ATE)) is present for all women using combined hormonal contraceptives.
The following is a list of the side effects that have been linked with the use of Femodene:
Serious side effects – See a doctor straight away
Rare side effects (between 1 and 10 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
- harmful blood clots in a vein or artery for example:
- in a leg or foot (i.e. DVT)
- in a lung (i.e. PE)
- heart attack
- mini-stroke or temporary stroke-like symptoms, known as a transient
- ischaemic attack (TIA)
- blood clots in the liver, stomach/intestine, kidneys or eye.
The chance of having a blood clot may be higher if you have any other conditions that increase this risk. For more information, please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
- Signs of a severe allergic reaction or worsening of hereditary angioedema:
▪ swelling of the hands, face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat. A swollen tongue/throat may lead to difficulty swallowing and breathing
▪ a red bumpy rash (hives) and itching.
- Signs of breast cancer include:
▪ dimpling of the skin
▪ changes in the nipple
▪ any lumps you can see or feel.
- Signs of cancer of the cervix include:
▪ vaginal discharge that smells and/or contains blood
▪ unusual vaginal bleeding
▪ pelvic pain
▪ painful sex.
- Signs of severe liver problems include:
▪ severe pain in your upper abdomen
▪ yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
▪ inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
▪ your whole body starts itching.
If you think you may have any of these, see a doctor straight away. You may need to stop taking Femodene ED.
Less serious side effects
Common side effects (between 100 and 1000 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
- feeling sick
- stomach ache
- putting on weight
- depressive moods or mood swings
- sore or painful breasts
Uncommon side effects (between 10 and 100 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
- being sick and stomach upsets
- fluid retention
- loss of interest in sex
- breast enlargement
- skin rash, which may be itchy
Rare side effects (between 1 and 10 in every 10,000 users may be affected)
- poor tolerance of contact lenses
- losing weight
- increase of interest in sex
- vaginal or breast discharge
Other side effects reported
- Bleeding and spotting between your periods can sometimes occur for the first few months but this usually stops once your body has adjusted to Femodene ED. If it continues, becomes heavy or starts again, contact your doctor.
- Chloasma (yellow brown patches on the skin). This may happen even if you have been using Femodene ED for a number of months. Chloasma may be reduced by avoiding too much sunlight and/or UV lamps
- Occurrence or deterioration of the movement disorder chorea
- Ulcerative colitis
- Conditions that may worsen during pregnancy or previous use of the Pill:
- yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
- persistent itching (pruritus)
- kidney or liver problems
- certain rare medical conditions such as systemic lupus erythematosus
- blister-like rash (herpes gestationis) whilst pregnant
- an inherited form of deafness (otosclerosis)
- a personal or family history of a form of sickle cell disease
- swelling of body parts (hereditary angioedema)
- an inherited disease called porphyria
- cancer of the cervix
- Crohn’s disease
For a full list of side effects, read the Patient Information Leaflet.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, our Rightdose pharmacists or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can help to make medicines safer by reporting any side-effects to the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
Patient Information Leaflet Femodene ED (Packs of 3x28 Tablets)
Before you start taking the Pill
Your doctor will ask about you and your family’s medical problems and check your blood pressure and exclude the likelihood of you being pregnant. You may also need other checks, such as a breast examination, but only if these examinations are necessary for you, or if you have any special concerns.
While you’re on the Pill
- You will need regular check-ups with your doctor or family planning nurse, usually when you need another prescription of the Pill.
- You should go for regular cervical smear tests.
- Check your breasts and nipples every month for changes – tell your doctor if you can see or feel anything odd, such as lumps or dimpling of the skin.
- If you need a blood test, tell your doctor that you are taking the Pill, because the Pill can affect the results of some tests.
- If you’re going to have an operation, make sure your doctor knows about it. You may need to stop taking the Pill at least 4 weeks before the operation. This is to reduce the risk of a blood clot. Your doctor will tell you when you can start taking the Pill again.
Other medicines and Femodene ED
If you ever need to take another medicine at the same time as being on the Pill, always tell your doctor, pharmacist or dentist that you’re taking Femodene ED. Also check the leaflets that come with all your medicines to see if they can be taken with hormonal contraceptives.
Some medicines can have an influence on the blood levels of Femodene ED and can stop it from working properly – for example:
- some medicines used to treat epilepsy
- some medicines used to treat HIV and Hepatitis C Virus infections (socalled protease inhibitors and non nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors)
- griseofulvin (an antifungal medicine)
- certain antibiotics
- certain sedatives (called barbiturates)
- St. John’s Wort (a herbal remedy).
If you do need to take one of these medicines, Femodene ED may not be suitable for you or you may need to use extra contraception for a while. Your doctor, pharmacist or dentist can tell you if this is necessary and for how long.
Femodene ED can also affect how well other medicines work. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of your other medicine. In addition, Femodene ED can also interfere with the results of some blood tests, so always tell your doctor that you are taking Femodene ED if you have a blood test.
Do not use Femodene ED if you have hepatitis C and are taking the medicinal products containing ombitasvir / paritaprevir / ritonavir and dasabuvir or glecaprevir / pibrentasvir as this may cause increases in liver function blood test results (increase in ALT liver enzyme). Your doctor will prescribe another type of contraceptive prior to the start of the treatment with these medicinal products. Femodene ED can be restarted approximately 2 weeks after completion of treatment.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Do not use Femodene ED if you are pregnant. If you think you might be pregnant, do a pregnancy test to confirm that you are before you stop taking Femodene ED. If you are breastfeeding, your doctor or family planning nurse may advise you not to take Femodene ED. They will be able to suggest alternative contraception. Breastfeeding may not stop you getting pregnant.
Driving and using machines
Femodene ED has no known effect on the ability to drive or use machines.
Taking Femodene ED with food and drink
There are no special instructions about food and drink while on Femodene ED.
Femodene ED contains lactose and sucrose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before using Femodene ED.
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet, that is to say essentially ‘sodium-free’.
How to store Femodene ED
- Do not use Femodene ED after the expiry date shown on the strip.
- Do not store above 25°C and protect from light.
- Do not throw away any medicines down a drain or into a bin. Ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicines you do not want. This will help to protect the environment.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
Before using any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
Femodene ED tablet is for oral use only.
How to take Femodene
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This pack is designed to help you remember to take your pills. Your pack contains 3 foil memo strips with 3 sets of 7 self-adhesive strips showing the days of the week. Each foil memo strip contains 28 tablets: 21 small active tablets in 3 rows and 7 larger inactive tablets in the last row.
- Take Femodene ED every day for 28 days.
1. Find the set of self-adhesive strips. Each strip starts with a different day of the week. Peel off a strip that starts with your starting day. For instance, if you start the tablets on a Wednesday, use a strip that starts with ‘Wed’.
2. Stick the strip along the top of the foil memo-strip so that the first day is above the pill marked ‘start’. You can now see on which day you have to take each tablet.
3. Take your pill at the same time every day. Follow the direction of the arrows on the strip. Take one pill each day, until you have finished all 28 pills.
- Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill.
4. Then start your next strip
Start taking your next strip of Femodene ED the next day. Do not leave a gap between packs. As long as you take Femodene ED correctly, you will always start each new strip on the same day of the week.
Starting Femodene ED
As a new user or starting the Pill again after a break. It is best to take your first Femodene ED pill on the first day of your next period. By starting in this way, you will have contraceptive protection with your first pill.
Changing to Femodene ED from another contraceptive Pill
- If you are currently taking a 21-day Pill: start Femodene ED the next day after the end of the previous strip. You will have contraceptive protection with your first pill. You will not have a bleed until after your first strip of Femodene ED.
- If you are currently taking a 28-day Pill: start taking Femodene ED the day after your last active pill. You will have contraceptive protection with your first pill. You will not have a bleed until after your first strip of Femodene ED.
- Or, if you are taking a progestogen-only Pill (POP or ‘mini Pill’): start Femodene ED on the first day of bleeding, even if you have already taken the progestogen-only Pill for that day. You will have contraceptive cover straight away.
Starting Femodene ED after a miscarriage or abortion
If you have had a miscarriage or an abortion during the first three months of pregnancy, your doctor may tell you to start taking Femodene ED straight away. This means that you will have contraceptive protection with your first pill. If you have had a miscarriage or an abortion after the third month of pregnancy, ask your doctor for advice. You may need to use extra contraception, such as condoms, for a short time.
Starting Femodene ED after having a baby
If you have just had a baby, your doctor may advise you that Femodene ED should be started 21 days after delivery provided that you are fully mobile. You do not have to wait for a period. You will need to use another method of contraception, such as a condom, until you start Femodene ED and for the first 7 days of pill taking.
If you take more Femodene than you should
It is unlikely that taking more than one pill will do you any harm, but you may feel sick, vomit or bleed from the vagina. Even girls who have not yet started to menstruate but have accidentally taken this medicine may experience such bleeding. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
If you want to stop taking Femodene
If you are planning a baby, it’s best to use another method of contraception after stopping Femodene ED until you have had a proper period. Your doctor or midwife relies on the date of your last natural period to tell you when your baby is due. However, it will not cause you or the baby any harm if you get pregnant straight away.
If you miss one pill and are less than 12 hours late then your protection from pregnancy will not be reduced. You should take the missed tablet as soon as you remember even if it means taking two in one day. Take the following pills at your usual time.
If you are more than 12 hours late taking your pill, your protection from pregnancy may be reduced. Continue to take your pill as normal but you should avoid unprotected sex for 7 days. If you have already had unprotected sex (after your missed pill), you will need to use emergency contraception.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use Femodene ED
You should not use Femodene if you have any of the conditions listed below. If you do have any of the conditions listed below, you must tell your doctor. Your doctor will discuss with you what other form of birth control would be more appropriate.
- If you have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel of your legs (deep vein thrombosis, DVT), your lungs (pulmonary embolus, PE) or other organs
- If you know you have a disorder affecting your blood clotting – for instance, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies
- If you need an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time
- If you have ever had a heart attack or stroke
- If you have (or have ever had) angina pectoris (a condition that causes severe chest pain and may be a first sign of a heart attack) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA – temporary stroke symptoms)
- If you have any of the following diseases that may increase your risk of a clot in the arteries:
- severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
- very high blood pressure
- a very high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides)
- a condition known as hyperhomocysteinaemia
- If you have (or have ever had) a type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura’
- If you have or have ever had breast cancer
- If you have ever had a severe liver disease, and you have been told by your doctor that your liver function test results are not yet back to normal
- If you have ever had liver tumours
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients in Femodene ED.
Do not use Femodene ED if you have hepatitis C and are taking the medicinal products containing ombitasvir / paritaprevir / ritonavir and dasabuvir or glecaprevir / pibrentasvir.
When should you contact your doctor? - Seek urgent medical attention
- If you notice possible signs of a blood clot that may mean you are suffering from a blood clot in the leg (i.e. deep vein thrombosis), a blood clot in the lung (i.e. pulmonary embolism), a heart attack or a stroke.
- For a description of the symptoms of these serious side effects please read the Patient Information Leaflet.
Using a combined hormonal contraceptive such as Yasmin increases your risk of developing a blood clot compared with not using one. In rare cases a blood clot can block vessels and cause serious problems.
Blood clots can develop
- in veins (referred to as a ‘venous thrombosis’, ‘venous thromboembolism’ or VTE);
- in the arteries (referred to as an ‘arterial thrombosis’, ‘arterial thromboembolism’ or ATE);
Warnings and precautions
Some of the conditions listed below can be made worse by taking the Pill. Or they may mean it is less suitable for you. You may still be able to take Femodene ED but you need to take special care and have check-ups more often.
Tell your doctor if any of the following conditions apply to you. If the condition develops, or gets worse while you are using Femodene ED, you should also tell your doctor.
- If you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease)
- If you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE – a disease affecting your natural defence system)
- If you have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS – a disorder of blood clotting causing failure of the kidneys)
- If you have sickle cell anaemia (an inherited disease of the red blood cells)
- If you have inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- If you have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a positive family history for this condition. Hypertriglyceridaemia has been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- If you need an operation, or you are off your feet for a long time
- If you have just given birth you are at an increased risk of blood clots. You should ask your doctor how soon after delivery you can start taking Femodene ED
- If you have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis)
- If you have varicose veins
- If you have diabetes
- If you or your close family have ever had problems with your heart, or circulation such as high blood pressure
- If you or your close family have ever had problems with blood clotting
- If you have the inherited disease called porphyria
- If you are overweight (obese)
- If you have migraines
- If you have any illness that worsened during pregnancy or previous use of the Pill.
What Femodene ED contains
Each box of Femodene ED contains three strips of 28 tablets with three sets of 7 self-adhesive strips showing the days of the week.
Each strip of Femodene ED contains 21 white sugar-coated tablets containing 75 micrograms of the progestogengestodene and 30 micrograms of the oestrogenethinylestradiol and 7 larger, white, inactive tablets.
Femodene ED also contains the inactive ingredients: Lactose, maize starch, povidone, sodium calcium edetate, magnesium stearate (E572), sucrose, macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc, montan glycol wax.
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