Just a few questions from our Pharmacist before you checkout to make sure this medicine is safe for you.
Eloine is a combined contraceptive pill for women, used to prevent pregnancy with up to 99% effectiveness. This pill contains two active substances: drospirenone and ethinylestradiol. These ingredients are synthetic versions of the female sex hormones progestogen and oestrogen.
How Eloine prevents pregnancy
Eloine contains two female hormones to help protect against pregnancy: drospirenone and ethinylestradiol. These active substances work as a contraceptive by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg every month. It also thickens the mucus in the cervix (the neck of the womb) so it’s harder for sperm to reach an egg, and thins the lining of the womb so there’s less chance of a fertilised egg being able to implant itself into the womb and start growing. This means there are three preventative measures in place, making it extremely unlikely for you to fall pregnant.
Each strip of this medicine contains 24 active light pink tablets and 4 white placebo tablets. You should take one pill per day, every day, with a small glass of water if you need it. Take an active light pink tablet for the first 24 days, then an inactive white tablet for the last 4 days which will trigger a withdrawal bleed similar to a period. After that, start the next strip straight away, even if you’re still bleeding. Stick to the correct order by starting with the first tablet on the upper left and following the directional arrows.
The best way to start Eloine for the first time is by taking your first pill on the first day of your next period. By doing this, you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. If you begin taking Eloine on a different day of your cycle, you should use a barrier contraceptive (like a condom) for the first 7 days of pill use.
If you’re currently taking a different method of hormonal contraception and are changing to Eloine, refer to the patient information leaflet for information on how to swap to your new contraception most effectively.
Like all medicines, there is a possibility that you may experience side effects when taking Eloine. These should usually be mild, and not everyone will experience them. If you experience any signs of severe side effects, such as an allergic reaction or a blood clot, seek medical attention immediately. Common side effects that may affect up to 1 in 10 people include:
- Mood swings
- Breast pain
- Irregular periods
- Absence of periods
For information about uncommon and rare side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Eloine is a contraceptive treatment for females only - do not take this medication if you are male. You should also not take this medication if:
- You have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel of your legs (deep vein thrombosis, DVT), your lungs (pulmonary embolism, PE) or other organs
- You know you have a disorder affecting your blood clotting
- You need an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time
- You have ever had a heart attack or a stroke
- You have (or have ever had) angina pectoris (a condition that causes severe chest pain and could be the first sign of a heart attack) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA – temporary stroke symptoms)
- You have severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
- You have very high blood pressure
- You have a very high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides)
- You have a condition known as hyperhomocysteinaemia.
- You have (or have ever had) a type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura’
- You have (or have ever had) liver disease and your liver function is still not normal
- Your kidneys are not working well (renal failure)
- You have (or have ever had) a tumour in the liver
- You have (or have ever had) or if you are suspected of having breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs
- You have any unexplained bleeding from the vagina
- You have hepatitis C and are taking medicinal products containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir and dasabuvir.
- You are allergic to ethinylestradiol or drospirenone, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
Speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for expert advice before taking Eloine if:
- You have a close relative who has ever had breast cancer
- You have a disease of the liver or gallbladder
- You have diabetes
- You have depression
- You have epilepsy
- You have any disease that first appeared during pregnancy or earlier use of sex hormones
- You have ever had chloasma (a discolouration of the skin, especially on the face or neck, known as ‘pregnancy patches’)
- You have hereditary angioedema
- You have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE - a disease affecting your natural defence system)
- You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS - a disorder of blood clotting causing failure of the kidneys)
- You have sickle cell anaemia (an inherited disease of the red blood cells)
- You have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a positive family history for this condition
- You need an operation, or you’re off your feet for a long time
- You have just given birth
- You have inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis)
- You have varicose veins
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
You should not take Eloine if you’re pregnant, or if you think you may be pregnant. You should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Eloine if you’re breastfeeding, to make sure it’s right for you and your baby.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
Keep Eloine in the original packaging out of sight and reach of children. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the packaging, referring to the last day of the stated month.
The active substances are ethinylestradiol (as betadex clathrate) and drospirenone. Each light pink active film-coated tablet contains 0.020 milligram ethinylestradiol (as betadex clathrate) and 3 milligram drospirenone. • The white film-coated tablets do not contain active substances. • The other ingredients are: • Light pink active film-coated tablets: • Tablet core: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, magnesium stearate (E470b) • Tablet film-coating: hypromellose (E464), talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide red (E172). • White inactive film-coated tablets: • Tablet core: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (E470b) • Tablet film-coating: hypromellose (E464), talc (E553b) and titanium dioxide (E171).
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What is the link between Eloine and blood clots?
Using a combined contraceptive pill like Eloine can increase your risk of developing a blood clot.
Whilst still rare, the risk is highest during the first year of taking the pill, and you should be aware of the symptoms.
Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Throbbing or cramping pain, swelling, redness and warmth in your leg or arm
- Sudden breathlessness, sharp chest pain and a cough or coughing up blood
For further information on the link between the combined contraceptive pill and blood clots, as well as more symptoms to look out for, refer to the patient information leaflet.
Can the pill be used to treat acne?
Combined contraceptive pills are not specific treatments for acne.
However, some doctors will prescribe a combined contraceptive pill to women who suffer from hormonal acne, as there does seem to be a beneficial effect.
This is only the case with combined contraceptive pills, not progestogen-only mini-pills.
It can take around 2-3 months of taking the pill before you may notice any effect on your acne.
Can the pill increase the risk of breast cancer?
Breast cancer has been found slightly more often in women who take a contraceptive pill compared to women who don’t.
Once you stop taking the pill, the risk gradually decreases and 10 years after stopping the pill the risk will be the same as someone who has never taken a contraceptive pill.
Breast cancer is still rare for anyone under the age of 40, even in women who take the pill.
Do I need a prescription for this medication?
You do need a prescription for this medication in the UK.
Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition.
When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs.
Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you.
You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.
Does the contraceptive pill cause mood swings?
Some people who take the contraceptive pill and other hormonal contraceptives find that they experience mood changes, especially depressive symptoms.
If you suffer from depression you should tell your doctor about this during your initial consultation so they will be able to help you make the best possible decision about your contraceptive needs.
If you are taking the pill and find that you start to experience depression, especially serious depressive symptoms such as suicidal thoughts, you should speak to your doctor and ask for their advice.
Hormonal contraceptives may not be right for you and your doctor will be able to discuss other options with you.
What should I do if I miss a pill?
If you’re less than 24 hours late in taking a pill, your protection from pregnancy won’t be reduced.
If you’re more than 24 hours late, you will have to use a barrier method of contraception.
The more pills you miss, the greater your risk of becoming pregnant.
Take the forgotten tablet as soon as you remember, even if that means you have to take two at the same time, and use an extra method of contraception for the next 7 days.
If you are sick or have severe diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking the pill, your body may not have absorbed the active substances in the pill.
If you can’t manage to take a spare pill within 24 hours of vomiting or having severe diarrhoea, you should follow the instructions on what to do in the event of a missed pill.