Just a few questions from our Pharmacist before you checkout to make sure this medicine is safe for you.
Cimizt is a low-dose combined contraceptive pill intended to prevent pregnancy, taken for 21 days followed by a 7 day break. The benefits of taking the combined contraceptive 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 lighter, less painful and more regular
- It can help with premenstrual symptoms
How Cimizt works
Cimizt contains two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen, which prevent pregnancy by preventing an egg from being released into the ovaries and making the fluid in the cervix thicker, making it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Take one tablet every day with water, with or without food, around the same time every day.
Each strip contains 21 tablets, printed with each day of the week so you can keep track. Take all 21 tablets, then take no tablets for 7 days. During this pill-free interval you will likely experience withdrawal bleeding, similar to a period. You should start the next strip on the 8th day, even if you’re still bleeding. You’ll be protected from pregnancy during this 7 day break, provided you’ve been taking the tablets as instructed.
If you haven’t used a hormonal contraceptive within the previous month, start taking Cimizt on the first day of your period to be immediately protected against pregnancy. If you’re changing from a different type of contraceptive, refer to the patient information leaflet for more information.
Like all medicines, Cimizt can cause side effects, but these won’t affect everyone and will usually resolve without having to stop treatment. Common side effects include:
- Putting on weight
- Breast problems (such as painful or tender breasts)
- Depression or mood changes
- Stomach problems (such as nausea or abdominal pain)
For more information about potential 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.
Serious side effects
Seek emergency medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of these conditions, the likelihood of which can increase with use of the combined contraceptive pill:
Serious allergic reaction: swelling of the face, tongue and/or throat, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing
Deep vein thrombosis: swelling of one leg or along a vein in the leg or foot, accompanied by pain or tenderness in the leg, increased warmth in the leg or change in colour of the skin on the leg
Pulmonary embolism: sudden unexplained breathlessness or rapid breathing, sudden cough which may bring up blood, sharp chest pain which may increase with deep breathing, severe lightheadedness or dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, severe pain in your stomach
Retinal vein thrombosis (blood clot in the eye): immediate loss of vision or painless blurring of vision, most commonly in one eye
Heart attack: pain, heaviness, pressure or discomfort in chest, sensation of squeezing or fullness in the chest, arm or below the breastbone, fullness, indigestion or choking feeling, upper body discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, arm and stomach, sweating, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme weakness, anxiety, shortness of breath, rapid or irregular heartbeats
Stroke: sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, sudden, severe or prolonged headache with no known cause, loss of consciousness or fainting with or without seizure. These symptoms can be brief with an almost immediate recovery, but you should still seek urgent medical attention as you may be at risk of another stroke
For more information on potential serious side effects, including blood clots blocking other blood vessels, breast cancer, cervical cancer and severe liver problems, refer to the patient information leaflet.
Do not use Cimizt if you’re pregnant, are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet, or if you currently have or have ever had any of the following conditions:
- A blood clot in a blood vessel in your legs (deep vein thrombosis), your lungs (pulmonary embolism) or other organs
- A disorder affecting your blood clotting - for instance, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies
- You need an operation or you’re off your feet for a long time
- A heart attack or stroke
- Angina pectoris (a condition that causes severe chest pain and ma be the first sign of a heart attack)
- Transient ischaemic attack (TIA - temporary stroke symptoms)
- 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
- A type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura’
- Severe liver disease
- A liver tumour
- Pancreatitis associated with high levels of fatty substances in your blood
- Cancer affected by sex hormones - such as some cancers of the breast, womb lining or ovary
- Vaginal bleeding that has not been explained by your doctor
- Hepatitis C (and you are taking medicines containing ombitasvir/ paritaprevir/ritonavir and dasabuvir or glecaprevir/pibrentasvir)
Talk to your doctor if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- Problems with your heart, circulation or blood clotting
- Kidney or liver problems
- Severe depression
- Problems while pregnant or while using the pill, like: itching of the whole body; jaundice which wasn’t caused by an infection; gallstones; systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); herpes gestationis; otosclerosis; porphyria; hereditary and acquired angioedema
- Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- Brown patches on your face or body (chloasma)
- Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
- Sickle cell anaemia
- 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
- Inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis)
- Varicose veins
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.
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