Qlaira Contraceptive Pills

  • contraception for women that have heavy and/or prolonged periods
  • Newer contraceptive with less side efffects
  • Four kinds of active pill and two inactive pills
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Description

Qlaira is a combined oral contraceptive pill used for the prevention of pregnancy and is one of the newer medicines available, offering more regular bleeding patterns and fewer side effects. It can also be used for the treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding and contains four kinds of active pill and two inactive pills.

Each coloured tablet contains a small dose of female hormones either estradiol valerate, or estradiol valerate combined with dienogest. The two white tablets contain no active ingredients (referred to as inactive tablets).

If you have not taken Qlaira before or are wanting to re-start after a break or wanting to change to Qlaira please consult your GP for further advice.

Qlaira tablets

Each wallet contains:

  • 2 dark yellow tablets. (3 mg estradiol valerate)
  • 5 medium red tablets. (2 mg estradiol valerate and 2 mg dienogest)
  • 17 light yellow tablets. (2 mg estradiol valerate and 3 mg dienogest)
  • 2 dark red tablets. (1mg estradiol valerate),
  • 2 inactive white tablets.

How to take Qlaria

  • Take one tablet of Qlaira every day- if required with a small amount of water
  • you may takethe tablets with or without food
  • the tablets should be taken at around the same time every day
  • Each pack also contains sticker strips marked with the days of the week to help you keep track
  • During the first few months of taking Qlaira, you may have unexpected bleeding- this usually starts on day 26 (the day you take the second dark red tablet) or the following day(s)
  • Once you have completed a pack you should start taking the next pack the following day
  • There should be breaks in between taking pills

What if I miss a pill?

If you miss a Synphase pill, it is important to take this is as soon as you remember. If you are 12 or more hours late in taking the pill, it may not be effective so you will need an additional contraceptive (such as condoms) for the next 7 days.

Please see the medicine leaflet for more information and guidance.

When not to take Qlaira.

You should not use Synphase if you have any of the conditions listed below- if you do have any of these conditions, you must tell your doctor as they will discuss other appropriate forms of contraception.

  • Women who are aged 50 years or over
  • Women who are breastfeeding
  • Women who smoke and are over 35 years of age
  • Women with a BMI (body mass index) of 39 or over
  • Women who have had either cervical or breast cancer
  • If you have (or have ever had) a blood clot in your legs (DVT), your lungs (pulmonary or other organs;
  • If you know you have a disorder affecting your blood clotting
  • If you need an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time (see section ‘Blood clots’)
  • If you have ever had a heart attack, angina or a stroke;
  • If you have any of the following diseases that may increase your risk of a clot in the arteries:
  • If you have severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
  • If you have very high blood pressure
  • If you have a very high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides)
  • If you have 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) liver disease and your liver function is still not normal
  • If you have (or have ever had) a tumour of the liver
  • If you have (or have ever had) cancer or suspected cancer of the breast or genital organs
  • If you have any unexplained bleeding from the vagina
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to estradiol valerate or dienogest, or any of the otheringredients of this medicine.

You can download the Patient Information Leaflet

 

Combined Oral Contraceptive

The combined pill is another term for the pill, with the combined pill containing two artificial versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone which are produced naturally in the ovaries. The combined pill as a prevention of becoming pregnant is effective by 99%.

The recommended way to use the pill is to take one every day for 21 days then have a break for 7 days, during which time you should have a period. After 7 days you begin to take the pill again.

It is advised to take the pill at the same time every day to form a routine, otherwise there is a risk of pregnancy, particularly if you miss a pill or vomit or have severe diarrhoea.

Please note that some medicines can affect the efficiency of the pill so you should consult your doctor before taking any other tablets.

If you suffer from heavy or painful periods, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or endometriosis the combined pill can be an effective medication to help ease your symptoms.

Please note that the pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) so you would require a condom to protect against this.

How the combined pill works

  • It prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation)
  • It thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach an egg
  • It thins the lining of the womb, so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb and being able to grow

There are a variety of brands of pill- these are made up of three main types:

Monophasic 21-day pills

The most common type of pill which has the same amount of hormone in it. One pill is taken every day for 21 days and then a break of 7 days. Microgynon, Marvelon, Yasmin and Cilest are all examples of this type of pill.

Phasic 21-day pills

Phasic pills contain two to three sections of different coloured pills within a pack with each section containing a different level of hormones. One pill is taken every day for 21 days and then a break of 7 days. It is important that Phasic pills are taken in the right order. Logynon is an example of this type of pill.

Every day (ED) pills

With ED pills there are 21 active pills and 7 inactive (dummy) pills within each pack. The two types of pills have a different appearance with one pill taken every day for 28 days with no break between the packets. It is important that the everyday pills are taken in the right order. Microgynon ED is an example of this type of pill.

Please ensure that you follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions you should consult your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

What to do if you miss a pill through sickness

If you miss a pill due to being sick, you should use another form of contraception until you have taken the pill again for 7 days without vomiting

Who can use the combined pill

If there are medical restrictions why you cannot take the pill and you are a non-smoker, you can take the pill until the menopause. However, the pill is not the most suitable method of contraception, so you should consult your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to see if this is right for you.

You should not take the pill if you:

  • are pregnant
  • smoke and are 35 or older
  • stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older
  • are very overweight
  • take certain medicines (ask your GP or a health professional at a contraception clinic about this)

You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):

  • thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs
  • a stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries
  • anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45
  • a heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure
  • severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms)
  • breast cancer
  • disease of the gallbladder or liver
  • diabetes with complications or diabetes for the past 20 years

Risks of taking the combined pill

There are some risks associated with the combined contraceptive pill however these are minimal and for most women, the benefits the pill can provide outweigh the risks.

These risks include:

  • Blood clots- The oestrogen in the pill may cause your blood to clot more readily. If a blood clot develops, it could cause deep vein thrombosis (clot in your leg) or pulmonary embolus (clot in your lung)
  • stroke
  • heart attack

The chances of developing a blood clot is very minimal but your doctor will check if you have certain factors that could put you at risk before they prescribe the pill.

The pill can still be taken with caution if you are identified with a risk factor but is unlikely to be prescribed if you have two or more risk factors

These include:

  • being 35 years old or over
  • being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year
  • being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits)
  • having migraines (you should not take the pill if you have severe or regular migraine attacks, especially if you get aura or a warning sign before an attack)
  • having high blood pressure
  • having had a blood clot or stroke in the past
  • having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45
  • being immobile for a long time – for example, in a wheelchair or with a leg in plaster
  • Cancer

There is ongoing research between the link to breast cancer and the pill, it is suggested that users of all types of hormonal contraception have a slightly higher chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to those that don’t use them. However, 10 years after you stop taking the pill, your risk of breast cancer goes back to normal.

Research has also suggested a link between the pill and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a rare form of liver cancer. However, the pill does offer some protection against developing womb (endometrial) cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer.

 

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Combined contraceptive

The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just called “the pill”. It contains the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries. The Combined pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

The usual way to take the pill is to take one every day for 21 days, then stop for seven days, and during this week you have a period-type bleed. You start taking the pill again after seven days. You need to take the pill at around the same time every day. You could get pregnant if you don’t do this, or if you miss a pill, or vomit or have severe diarrhoea.

Some medicines may make the pill less effective. Check with your doctor if you’re taking any other tablets. If you have heavy periods or painful periods, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or endometriosis the combined pill may help.

The pill does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so using a condom as well will help to protect you against STIs.

How the combined pill works

prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg each month (ovulation).

thickens the mucus in the neck of the womb, so it is harder for sperm to penetrate the womb and reach an egg

thins the lining of the womb, so there is less chance of a fertilised egg implanting into the womb and being able to grow

There are many different brands of pill, made up of three main types:

Monophasic 21-day pills

This is the most common type. Each pill has the same amount of hormone in it. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Microgynon, Marvelon, Yasmin and Cilest are examples of this type of pill.

Phasic 21-day pills

Phasic pills contain two or three sections of different coloured pills in a pack. Each section contains a different amount of hormones. One pill is taken each day for 21 days and then no pills are taken for the next seven days. Phasic pills need to be taken in the right order. Logynon is an example of this type of pill.

Every day (ED) pills

There are 21 active pills and seven inactive (dummy) pills in a pack. The two types of pill look different. One pill is taken each day for 28 days with no break between packets of pills. Every day pills need to be taken in the right order. Microgynon ED is an example of this type of pill.

Follow the instructions that come with your packet. If you have any questions, ask your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

What to do if you miss a pill

If you continue to be sick, keep using another form of contraception until you’ve taken the pill again for seven days without vomiting.

Who can use the combined pill?

If there are no medical reasons why you cannot take the pill, and you don’t smoke, you can take the pill until your menopause. However, the pill is not suitable for all women. To find out whether the pill is right for you, talk to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

You should not take the pill if you:

Are pregnant

Smoke and are 35 or older

Stopped smoking less than a year ago and are 35 or older

Aare very overweight

Take certain medicines (ask your GP or a health professional at a contraception clinic about this)

You should also not take the pill if you have (or have had):

Thrombosis (a blood clot) in a vein, for example in your leg or lungs

Stroke or any other disease that narrows the arteries

Anyone in your close family having a blood clot under the age of 45

A heart abnormality or heart disease, including high blood pressure

Severe migraines, especially with aura (warning symptoms)

Breast cancer – Disease of the gallbladder or liver

Diabetes with complications or diabetes for the past 20 years

Risks of taking the combined pill

There are some risks associated with using the combined contraceptive pill. However, these risks are small and, for most women, the benefits of the pill outweigh the risks.

Blood clots

The oestrogen in the pill may cause your blood to clot more readily. If a blood clot develops, it could cause:

Deep vein thrombosis (clot in your leg)

Pulmonary embolus (clot in your lung)

Stroke

Heart attack

The risk of getting a blood clot is very small, but your doctor will check if you have certain risk factors that before prescribing the pill.

The pill can be taken with caution if you have one of the risk factors below. It is unlikely you would be advised to take it if you have two or more risk factors.

These include:

Being 35 years old or over

Being a smoker or having quit smoking in the past year

Being very overweight (in women with a BMI of 35 or over, the risks of using the pill usually outweigh the benefits)

Having migraines (you should not take the pill if you have severe or regular migraine attacks, especially if you get aura or a warning sign before an attack)

Having high blood pressure

Having had a blood clot or stroke in the past

Having a close relative who had a blood clot when they were younger than 45

Being immobile for a long time

for example, in a wheelchair or with a leg in plaster

Cancer

Research is ongoing into the link between breast cancer and the pill. Research suggests that users of all types of hormonal contraception have a slightly higher chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared with women who do not use them. However, 10 years after you stop taking the pill, your risk of breast cancer goes back to normal.

Research has also suggested a link between the pill and the risk of developing cervical cancer and a rare form of liver cancer. However, the pill does offer some protection against developing womb (endometrial) cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer.

Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you get any side effect, particularly if severe and persistent, or have any change to your health that you think may be due to Qlaira please talk to your doctor.

Common side effects include:

Feeling sick.

Abdominal pain.

Headache.

Breast pain or tenderness.

Slight bleeding or spotting between periods in the first few months.

Lighter periods or sometimes stopping of periods.

Other possible side effects include:

Mood changes. However, there’s no evidence that the pill causes depression.

Fluid retention. However, there’s no evidence the pill causes weight gain.

Change in sex drive.

Rise in blood pressure.

Skin reactions.

Increased risk of getting a blood clot in an artery, which could cause a stroke or a heart attack.

Increased risk of getting a blood clot in a vein, such as a deep vein thrombosis (clot in the leg) or pulmonary embolism (clot in the lungs). It’s not yet known how the risk of blood clots with Qlaira compares with other combined pills. But the risk is likely to still be small

each year between 5 and 12 women out of every 10,000 taking other combined pills will get this type of blood clot, compared with 2 women out of every 10,000 not taking the pill, and 29 out of every 10,000 women who are pregnant.

Further Information

Download – Patient Information Leaflet