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Rigevidon

  • The combined contraceptive pill
  • Over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly
  • Can help reduce symptoms of PMS
  • Always read the patient information leaflet before use
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  • Active Ingredient(s)
    Ethinylestradiol, Levonorgestrel
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What is the Rigevidon pill?

Rigevidon is a combined contraceptive pill that uses a combination of two hormones to help prevent pregnancy. It can be over 99% effective when taken properly, so you can rely on your pill to provide the protection you need when you need it most. If you’re looking for reliable contraception that could also help you to manage heavy or irregular periods, period pain, and acne, start a consultation with our prescribers and see whether this is the right treatment for you.

How to take this contraceptive pill

Each strip of Rigevidon pills contains 21 tablets, and you will take one a day for 21 days and then take a 7-day pill-free break before starting your next strip. If you’ve taken the pills every day for 21 days you will not need extra contraception during your 7-day break. You should take each pill at around the same time every day, so you might find it easier to take it when you get up in the morning or last thing before bed at night.

When you start taking these pills for the first time, you should take your first pill on the first day of your next period, if possible. Take the pill that is marked with the right day of the week so you’ll be able to keep track of your pills more easily.

What should I do if I miss a pill?

If you miss a pill then you may not be effectively protected from pregnancy and may need to use another method of protection (like a condom) for a short while.

When you missed your pill What to do next
It’s been less than 12 hours since you should have taken your pill Take your missed pill as soon as you remember and then take your next pill at the normal time. You should still be protected from pregnancy.
You missed a pill within the first week of your cycle Take your missed pill as soon as you remember and then take your next pill at the normal time. This may mean taking 2 pills at the same time. Use an extra method of contraception for the next 7 days.
You missed a pill within the second week of your cycle Take your missed pill as soon as you remember and then take your next pill at the normal time. This may mean taking 2 pills at the same time. If you took all of your pills properly within the previous 7 days, you should still be protected from pregnancy. If not, then use an extra method of contraception for the next 7 days.
You missed a pill within the third week of your cycle You have two options. Either take your missed pill as soon as you remember and then take your next pill at the normal time. This may mean taking 2 pills at the same time. You should then start your next strip of pills right after finishing this one without taking a 7-day break. Alternatively, you can stop taking your pills right away and take your 7-day break early. After this, you can start your next strip of pills as normal.

How does the combined pill work to stop me from getting pregnant?

Combined contraceptive pills like Rigevidon work by using two hormones that are an essential part of your reproductive system. The first is 150mcg of levonorgestrel, which works by keeping eggs from being released from your ovaries, so they cannot come into contact with sperm and become fertilised. The second is 30mcg of ethinylestradiol, which has two effects on your womb that can both help to prevent pregnancy. It thickens the fluid in the neck of your womb, making it more difficult for sperm to travel to an egg, and alters your womb lining so any eggs that do become fertilised will be much less likely to latch on and develop into a pregnancy. All of this combined makes the combined pill a very effective method of contraception when it’s used properly.

How effective is the Rigevidon pill at preventing pregnancy?

If you take the Rigevidon pill as recommended by the manufacturer and do not miss any pills it will be over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. This means that if 100 people use this pill for contraception, fewer than one of them will get pregnant over the course of a year. If you start taking this pill on the first day of your period or within the first 5 days of your cycle then you will be protected from pregnancy immediately.

Can I use this pill for acne, period control, and other issues that are not related to contraception?

Combined pills like this one are often prescribed to help you manage other conditions as well as providing a reliable method of contraception. As this treatment affects your hormones, it can have a positive effect on several other medical conditions, including:

  • Acne
  • Heavy periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Period pain
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Symptoms of endometriosis

Does this medication cause mood swings or depression?

Some people experience depression or a depressed mood while they’re taking Rigevidon. If this happens to you then you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible so they can address the issue and potentially recommend another contraceptive option for you. Depression can be a serious condition and in some cases, it can lead to suicidal thoughts. If you experience serious depression or suicidal thoughts you should make sure to seek immediate medical help, whether they’re caused by this medication or not.

Will Rigevidon give me headaches?

Headaches are not a known side effect of Rigevidon contraceptive pills, so it’s very unlikely that you will experience any caused by this treatment. However, if you experience a severe or prolonged headache that has no known cause you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist and ask for their advice. They’ll be able to determine the cause of your headache and treat it properly.

Does this pill cause hair loss?

Hair loss is an uncommon side effect of Rigevidon pills, affecting around 1 in 100 people who take this medication. If you experience any unusual hair growth or hair loss while taking this contraceptive you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist and ask their advice. They may recommend a different medication for you or investigate further if necessary.

I’ve just had a baby, how long should I wait before taking the contraceptive pill?

If you’ve just had a baby then you might be able to start taking the combined contraceptive pill again as soon as 21 days after you gave birth. However, this will depend on your personal circumstances, so you should always speak to your doctor before starting the pill after pregnancy. If they give you the all-clear to start taking the pill and start taking them on day 21 then you will be protected from pregnancy right away. If you start taking the pill after the 21st day then you should use a condom or other method of additional contraception for the next 7 days to make sure that you don’t become pregnant again.

Can I take the pill while I’m breastfeeding?

You should not take Rigevidon when you’re breastfeeding, even if you need to use contraception. You will usually be able to start taking the combined pill around 6 weeks after you give birth, but you should only do so if your doctor has told you you can do so, as they will want to take both your personal circumstances and the health of your baby into account.

Can trans people take this contraceptive pill?

The Rigevidon contraceptive pill is designed to be used by those who were assigned female at birth and should not be taken by those who were assigned male. However, some trans persons may need to use the contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy, manage periods, reduce acne, and manage other healthcare needs. If this applies to you, you should speak to your doctor, transgender specialist, or healthcare team to help you assess your treatment and whether this will be the right option for you.

Can I take the contraceptive pill alongside my normal medication?

If you’re taking any other medication, including herbal remedies or medicines you obtained without a prescription, you should tell the medical team during your first consultation. You should not take this pill if you are already taking medications that increase liver function test results, including:

  • Ombitasvir, paritaprevir, or ritonavir
  • Dasabuvir
  • Glecaprevir, pibrentasvir
  • Sofosbuvir, velpatas, voxilaprevir

Other medications your healthcare provider will need to know about include:

  • Medications used to treat epilepsy, e.g. primidone, phenytoin, barbiturates, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine
  • Medications for tuberculosis, e.g. rifampicin
  • HIV and Hepatitis C treatments, e.g. ritonavir, nevirapine, efavirenz
  • Fungal infection treatments, e.g. griseofulvin
  • Medications for arthritis or arthrosis, e.g. etoricoxib
  • Medications for high blood pressure in the blood vessels of your lungs, e.g. bosentan
  • St John’s wort, a herbal remedy
  • Ciclosporin
  • Lamotrigine, an anti-spileptic
  • Theophylline, which is used to treat breathing problems
  • Tizanidine, which is used to treat muscle pain and cramps

When should this pill not be used?

Do not take Rigevedon if you are allergic to ethinylestradiol, levonorgestrel, or any of the other listed ingredients. You should not take this medication if you have:

  • A blood clot in your legs (DVT), lungs (PE), or any other organs
  • A disorder that affects blood clotting, e.g. a protein C or S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency
  • An operation coming up that will mean you’re off your feet for a long time
  • Ever had a heart attack or stroke
  • Ever had angina or TIA (temporary stroke symptoms)
  • A type of migraine with an aura
  • Any disease which may increase the risk of clots in your arteries, e.g. severe diabetes, very high blood pressure, very high levels of fat or cholesterol in your blood, hyperhomocysteinemia
  • Breast cancer or genital cancer, or have ever had these
  • Liver disease and your liver function is still not normal
  • A tumour in your liver
  • Unexplained bleeding from your vagina

Tell your prescriber during your consultation if you have:

  • Higher levels of fat in your blood or a family history of this
  • An operation due, or if you are going to be off your feet for a long time
  • Heart or circulation problems, or a family history of these
  • Inflammation in the veins under the skin
  • Varicose veins
  • Problems with blood clotting or a family history of this
  • Migraines
  • Diabetes
  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • The inherited form of deafness called otosclerosis
  • Depression or mood changes
  • Sydenham’s chorea, a movement disorder
  • Liver and/or gall bladder disease
  • Porphyria
  • Sickle cell anaemia
  • Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • A rash known as herpes gestationis, which happens during pregnancy
  • Brown patches on your face and body which are reduced by staying out of the sun (chloasma)

Does Rigevedon have any side effects?

Like all medications, Rigevedon can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following serious side effects you should stop taking this medication and seek immediate medical assistance:

  • Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, e.g. swollen face, tongue, mouth or throat, difficulty breathing or swallowing, hives
  • Symptoms of a blood clot, e.g. swelling in a vein in your leg, rapid or irregular heartbeat, stroke symptoms, severe stomach pain, etc. Please read the full list of potential symptoms of a blood clot that are listed in your patient information leaflet before taking this product

Other common side effects include:

  • Vaginitis, including thrush
  • Mood swings, including depression
  • Change in your sex drive
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Abdominal pain
  • Acne
  • Breast pain, enlargement, or discharge
  • Painful periods
  • Irregular periods, including no or reduced bleeding
  • Abnormality of the cervix and vaginal discharge
  • Fluid retention
  • Weight changes

For a complete list of potential side effects of this medication, please see the patient information leaflet included with your product. If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.

Do I need a prescription for Rigevidon?

You do need a prescription for Rigevidon 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.

How to store this product

Store in a cool, dry place which is below 25 degrees C. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.

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:

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Active Ingredients

  • Ethinylestradiol, Levonorgestrel

Ingredients

  • The active substances are levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol.

    One coated tablet contains 150 micrograms levonorgestrel and 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol.

    The other ingredients are: Colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, talc, maize starch, lactose monohydrate (33 mg), sucrose, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide (E171), copovidone, macrogol 6000, povidone carmellose sodium.

Product Data
Active Ingredient(s)
Ethinylestradiol, Levonorgestrel

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