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Millinette

Available in 20/75mcg and 30/75mcg

  • Combined contraceptive pill containing gestodene and ethinylestradiol. 
  • Up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. 
  • Always read the patient information leaflet before use. 
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What is Millinette? 

Millinette is a combined contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy in women. This pill contains gestodene and ethinylestradiol which are synthetic versions of the natural female sex hormones progestogen and oestrogen. When used correctly, combined contraceptive pills like Millinette can be up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. 

How to take Millinette 

Millinette comes in strips of 21 tablets, all labelled with a corresponding day of the week. You should take one tablet per day at around the same time each day. Once you’ve finished the 21 pills in your strip, you should take a 7-day break and take no pills during this time. You will still be protected from pregnancy during this break, but you’re likely to experience a withdrawal bleed similar to a period. You’ll need to start your next strip once the 7 days are over, even if you’re still bleeding. 

What if I miss a pill? 

If you forget to take your pill at the usual time and remember within 12 hours, take the forgotten tablet as soon as you remember and continue taking your next tablets at the usual time. 

If you forget to take your pill at the usual time and you’re more than 12 hours late, you may need to use barrier contraception. You should take the last missed pill as soon as you remember, even if that means taking more than one tablet in a single day. Continue taking your tablets at the usual time, but use a non-hormonal method of contraception for protection against pregnancy for the next 7 days. 

If you are sick or have severe diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking Millinette, your body may not have absorbed the active substances in the pill. If you can’t manage to take a spare pill within 12 hours of vomiting or having severe diarrhoea, you should follow the instructions on what to do in the event of a missed pill. 

Starting Millinette

You can start taking Millinette at any time, however, it’s most convenient and effective to start taking it on the first day of your period. This way, you’ll be protected from pregnancy straight away. If you do start taking Millinette at a different time in your cycle, you should use a barrier method of contraception for the first 7 days of pill use. 

If you’re changing from a different type of hormonal contraception, such as another contraceptive pill or an implant, refer to the patient information leaflet about how to switch to Millinette. 

How do gestodene and ethinylestradiol prevent pregnancy?

Millinette contains two synthetic female hormones to help protect against pregnancy: gestodene and ethinylestradiol. These active substances work as a contraceptive by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg every month. These hormones also work by thickening the mucus in the cervix (the neck of the womb) so it’s harder for sperm to reach an egg, and thinning 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.

Is Millinette suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

You must not take Millinette if you’re pregnant, or think you may be pregnant. You should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Millinette if you’re breastfeeding, to make sure it’s right for you and your baby. 

Can the pill be used to treat acne? 

Some doctors will prescribe a combined contraceptive pill to women who suffer from hormonal acne, as there does seem to be a beneficial effect on acne-prone skin. That doesn’t mean Millinette is specifically an acne treatment, but it could definitely help. Do be aware though, it can take around 2-3 months of taking a combined pill before you may notice any effect on your acne and it could come back once you stop taking the pill. 

When should Millinette not be used? 

Millinette is a contraceptive treatment for females only - do not take this medication if you are male. Whilst reliable and suitable for many women, Millinette should not be taken 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 any 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 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 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) inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)

  • You have (or have ever had) a liver disease and your liver function is still not normal

  • You have (or have ever had) a tumour in the liver

  • You have, have had, or are suspected of having breast cancer or reproductive organ cancer

  • You have any unexplained bleeding from the vagina

  • You are allergic to ethinylestradiol, gestodene or any of the other ingredients in this medicine

  • You have hepatitis C and are taking the medicinal products containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir and dasabuvir 

Some conditions can be affected or made worse by taking Millinette. Speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for expert advice before taking this medicine if: 

  • You are taking any other medicines or herbal remedies including those obtained without a prescription

  • You have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis 

  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

  • You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)

  • You have sickle cell anaemia

  • You have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a positive family history for this condition

  • You need an operation, or you are off your feet for a long time

  • You have just given birth 

  • You have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis)

  • You have varicose veins

  • You have disturbed liver function

  • You have high blood pressure (hypertension)

  • You have itching all over your body (pruritus) 

  • You have gallstones

  • You have porphyria

  • You have the movement disorder called Sydenham’s chorea

  • You have diabetes

  • You have the rash known as herpes gestationis

  • You have depression or mood changes

  • You have the inherited form of deafness known as otosclerosis

  • You have had chloasma (golden brown pigment patches known as pregnancy patches, especially on the face) 

  • You have yellowing of the skin (jaundice)

Are there any side effects?

Like all medicines, there is a possibility that you may experience side effects when taking Millinette. 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. For information on severe side effects and their symptoms, refer to the patient information leaflet. Common side effects include: 

  • Headaches

  • Irregular bleeding

  • Spotting between periods

  • Vaginitis or fungal infection of the vagina

  • Altered mood including depression and nervousness

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea and abdominal pain

  • Acne

  • Painful menstruation or absence of menstruation

  • Changes in vaginal secretion

  • Weight gain

  • Breast tenderness, pain, swelling or discharge

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

What is the link between Millinette and blood clots? 

Using a combined contraceptive pill like Millinette 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 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 Millinette?

You do need a prescription for Millinette 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.

Storage information

Store below 25°C in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. Keep Millinette in the original packaging. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the packaging, referring to the last day of the stated month. 

Important information

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.

Helpful Advice on Medication Restrictions & Addiction

For further information on our medication restrictions policy, please click here.

If you are concerned about addiction to 'over the counter' medication, we urge you to visit the below links for professional help and advice:

NHS Help & Advice on Drug Addiction

Talk To Frank - Drug Addiction Help & Support

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