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What is Logynon?
Logynon is a type of combined contraceptive pill containing the active ingredients levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol. These ingredients are synthetic versions of the female sex hormones progestogen and oestrogen, working to prevent pregnancy by stopping the release of an egg from the ovaries and making the mucus in the cervix thicker. When used correctly, combined contraceptive pills like Logynon are 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
How should I take this pill?
Logynon comes in strips of 21 tablets (6 light brown, 5 white and 10 ochre-coloured), each marked with a day of the week to make it easier for you to keep track. You should take one pill per day, at the same time each day.
The recommended dosage for Logynon is one tablet every day for 21 days, then 7 days without a pill when you reach the end of each strip. A few days into this 7-day break, you should have a withdrawal bleed similar to a period. This bleed may not have finished when the 7 days are over and it’s time to start a new strip of pills, but you should still start the new strip anyway. You don’t need to use extra contraception during these pill-free days.
What is the difference between Logynon and Logynon ED?
Logynon ED comes in strips that contain 7 inactive pills. This means you won’t have to stop taking your daily pill but will still have a 7-day break from the hormones. The effect will be exactly the same.
What should I do if I miss a pill?
If you realise you were due to take a pill less than 12 hours ago, take the missed pill as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills in one day. You will still be protected from pregnancy in this case.
If the pill you missed should have been taken more than 12 hours ago, or you’ve missed more than one pill, take the most recently missed pill straight away and leave any earlier missed pills in the strip. In this case, you will need to use another method of contraception for the next 7 days.
If you are sick or have severe diarrhoea within 4 hours of taking Logynon, your body may not have absorbed the hormones in the pill. You should follow the instructions on what to do in the event of a missed pill.
The ideal way to start Logynon 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. You can take your first pill on any day in your cycle, but you will have to use a barrier method of contraception for the first 7 days of pill use.
If you’re currently taking a different combined contraceptive pill, start taking Logynon the next day after the end of the previous strip. If your current pack contains inactive pills, start taking Logynon the day after your last active pill. Both of these methods will protect you from pregnancy straight away.
If you are swapping from a progestogen-only mini-pill, start taking Logynon on the first day of bleeding, even if that means you’re taking both pills on the same day. You’ll be protected from pregnancy immediately.
How do levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol prevent pregnancy?
Logynon contains two female sex hormones to help protect against pregnancy: levonorgestrel 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.
Is Logynon suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
You should not take Logynon if you’re pregnant, or think you may be pregnant. You should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Logynon if you’re breastfeeding, to make sure it’s right for you and your baby. You may be advised not to take this pill.
If you’ve just had a baby:
It is usually recommended that you should wait 21 days after the birth of your baby until you start taking Logynon, provided you’re fully mobile. For the first 7 days of taking the pills, you should use a barrier method of contraception.
If you’ve just had an abortion or miscarriage:
If you have a miscarriage or abortion during the first three months of pregnancy, your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist might advise you to start taking Logynon straight away - this will protect you from pregnancy straight away. If you’ve has a miscarriage or abortion after the third month of pregnancy, you should ask your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist first for advice.
Can the pill be used to treat acne?
Logynon, and other 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 like Logynon, 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.
When should Logynon not be used?
Logynon is a female contraceptive - do not take this medication if you are male. You should also avoid this medication under any circumstances if:
You have or have ever had a blood clot in a blood vessel of your legs, lungs or other organs.
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.
You need an operation or you are off your feet for a long time.
You have ever had a heart attack or stroke.
You have or have ever had angina pectoris (a condition that causes severe chest pain and may 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 breast cancer.
You have ever had severe liver disease, and you have been told by your doctor that your liver function test results are not yet back to normal.
You have ever had liver tumours
You are allergic to any of the ingredients in Logynon
You must not use Logynon if you have hepatitis C and are taking medicinal products containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, dasabuvir, glecaprevir/pibrentasvir or sofosbuvir/velpatasvir/voxilaprevir.
If you are taking any other medicines or herbal remedies, including those obtained without a prescription, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Logynon.
Some conditions can be made worse by taking Logynon. You should take extra caution and speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist if any of the below conditions apply to you:
If you experience symptoms of angioedema such as a swollen face, tongue and/or throat and/ or difficulty swallowing or hives potentially with difficulty breathing contact a doctor immediately. Products containing oestrogens may cause or worsen the symptoms of hereditary and acquired angioedema.
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 family history of this condition. Hypertriglyceridaemia has been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatitis
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 Logynon
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 an inherited disease called porphyria
If you are overweight or obese
If you have migraines
If you have any illness that worsened during pregnancy or previous use of the pill
If you are intolerant to some sugars - Logynon contains lactose and sucrose
Are there any side effects?
As with all medicines, Logynon can cause side effects, but not everyone will get them. See a doctor straight away if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, blood clots, breast cancer, cervical cancer or severe liver problems. Information on the symptoms of these conditions can be found in the patient information leaflet. These side effects are rare but severe.
Common side effects can include:
Sore or painful breasts
For further information on 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.
Can Logynon cause blood clots?
Using a combined contraceptive pill like Logynon 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, refer to the patient information leaflet.
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 Logynon?
You do need a prescription for Logynon 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.
Keep in the original packaging in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the packaging, referring to the last day of the stated month.
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
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