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Rigevidon

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Rigevidon is a combined contraceptive pill. It contains the active ingredients ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel. They work together to stop the ovaries from releasing an egg each month, as well as thickening the mucus in the womb. This makes it difficult for sperm to enter and fertilise an egg, preventing pregnancy. 

ABOUT Rigevidon

What is Rigevidon?

Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy or regulate hormonal imbalances, such as irregular menstrual periods and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), in female patients. It contains the hormones ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel, which are synthetic variants of the natural hormones oestrogen and progesterone.


How does Rigevidon work?

Rigevidon works by:

  • Changing the body’s hormone balance and preventing ovulation
  • Thickening the cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to reach the egg
  • Thinning the womb lining to prevent the fertilised egg from attaching to the uterus

How to start taking Rigevidon

Take one pill daily for 21 days, followed by a 7-day break before starting a new packet. Swallow the pill whole with water, without chewing or crushing it. Rigevidon pills come in a 21-pill blister pack with each individual pill labelled with a day of the week.

Always start a new packet by taking a pill from the blister with the correct day of the week, and follow the arrows on the pack for the remaining pills. For example, if you begin the strip on a Monday, take a pill labelled Monday, then continue in order. After you have taken all pills, wait for 7 days before starting a new Rigevidon packet.

You must start the new packet on the eighth day after you have taken your last pill, even if you are still experiencing a bleed.

You are protected against pregnancy and will not have to use another contraceptive method during the 7-day break if you take the Rigevidon pills as instructed.

You should take the pills around the same time every day.

If you are a new user taking the contraceptive pill for the first time

If you have not used contraceptive pills before or want to start taking contraceptive pills again after a break, take the first pill in the packet on the first day of your period, known as day 1 of your cycle. This is the first day of your bleed. Rigevidon provides immediate protection against pregnancy and you will not need to use another form of contraception, such as condoms.

It is possible to start your packet on day 2 to 5 of your cycle, but you will have to use another contraceptive method, such as condoms, for the next 7 days.

Switching to Rigevidon from another contraceptive pill

If you switch to Rigevidon from another combined pill, take your first tablet the day after you have finished the previous packet. Some contraceptive pills have placebo pills that you should take during the 7-day break. If the pill you use has placebo pills, take Rigevidon the day after you have taken the last active pill, ignoring the placebo pills.

Alternatively, you can take the first Rigevidon tablet after a 7-day break or after your last inactive pill. In both cases, you will be protected against pregnancy immediately.

If you switch from a progesterone-only pill (also called mini pill), you can stop taking the mini pill and switch to Rigevidon on any day. However, you will not be protected against pregnancy immediately and will have to use another form of contraception, such as condoms, for the first 7 days of taking Rigevidon.

If you switch from a contraceptive injection or implant, take your first Rigevidon pill on the day you would repeat your injection or have the implant removed. You will have to use another contraceptive method for the first 7 days of taking Rigevidon.

Consult your doctor for advice on taking Rigevidon if you are switching from another form of contraception.


What should I do if I miss a pill?

A missed pill is when you are 12 or more hours late in taking your pill.

If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Rigevidon:

  • Take your missed pill as soon as you remember, and the next Rigevidon pill at the usual hour. This could mean taking two pills in a day. You will still be protected against pregnancy.

If you are more than 12 hours late taking your Rigevidon between days 1 to 7:

  • Take your missed pill as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two pills in one day and continue with your pack as normal. Use another form of contraception for the next 7 days.

If you are more than 12 hours late taking your Rigevidon between days 8 to 14:

  • Take your missed pill as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two pills in one day and then continue with your pack as normal. If you have taken your pills correctly in the previous 7 days, your protection won’t be altered and you will not have to use another contraceptive method. However, if you were more than 12 hours late in taking your pill in the previous 7 days (two missed pills in total), there is an increased risk of pregnancy and you should use another contraceptive method for the next 7 days.

If you are more than 12 hours late taking your Rigevidon between days 15 to 21:

  • Take your missed pill as soon as you remember, even if it means taking two pills in one day, and continue with your pack as normal. Start a new Rigevidon packet the day after the last pill of your existing packet. You may have some bleeding during your second pack. If you don’t have a normal ‘period’ (known as withdrawal bleed) in the 7-day break after you’ve finished the second packet, take a pregnancy test, or consult your doctor. You must follow these steps if you missed another pill in any of the seven days before the third week.
  • Alternatively, if you have taken all your Rigevidon pills correctly and only missed one pill, you can stop taking the pills for 7 days, then start a new packet.

What should I do if I vomit or have diarrhoea after taking Rigevidon?

If you vomit or have diarrhoea within 4 hours after taking a pill, there is a risk that your body has not absorbed the active ingredients. You should take a new pill as soon as possible and, if your symptoms last for over 12 hours, you should consider the pill missed and follow the steps above.

If your symptoms last for over a day, follow the missed pill steps and use another form of contraception, such as condoms, for the entire period you experience vomit or diarrhoea and the next 7 days after your symptoms have ceased.


How effective is Rigevidon?

Rigevidon is 99% effective against pregnancy if taken correctly.


Who is Rigevidon unsuitable for?

Rigevidon is not suitable for women over 35 who smoke or have stopped smoking less than a year ago. You should also avoid taking Rigevidon combined pills if you are overweight or if:

  • You have had a blood clot in your leg, lungs, or any other organ
  • You have high blood pressure or any cardiovascular disease
  • You suffered a heart attack, stroke, mini-stroke, or have angina
  • You have any blood disorder that increases your risk of blood clots
  • You suffer from migraines
  • You have severe diabetes or any kind of liver or gallbladder disease
  • You have porphyria
  • You have or have had breast cancer in the last 5 years
  • You have an allergy to levonorgestrel or ethinylestradiol

Does Rigevidon make you gain weight?

There is no scientific evidence that contraceptive pill Rigevidon can make you gain weight.


Are Rigevidon and Microgynon the same?

Rigevidon and Microgynon are combination contraceptive pills containing the same levels of ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel (30mcg/150mcg). Rigevidon is considered a generic contraceptive pill and is often less expensive than Microgynon.


Can I take Rigevidon if I am taking other medications?

Always read the patient information leaflet and consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have to take other medications while taking Rigevidon. They can advise if you need to use other contraceptive methods for the duration of your treatment.


Will Rigevidon stop my periods?

Rigevidon doesn’t stop vaginal bleeding (also called withdrawal bleeding), but it can regulate your menstrual cycle and make your periods lighter and less painful. If you want to avoid having a period, start a new Rigevidon strip right after finishing the last one, skipping the 7-day break. This should only be done temporarily and you can take three packets back to back safely. 


Can I take Rigevidon when I am breastfeeding?

You should avoid taking Rigevidon for at least 6 weeks after birth if you are breastfeeding.


What should I do if I become pregnant whilst taking Rigevidon?

It is unlikely that you will become pregnant if you take Rigevidon according to the instructions. If you do become pregnant whilst taking Rigevidon, stop taking your pills and consult your doctor as soon as you realise that you are pregnant.


Can I get a Rigevidon prescription online?

To get a prescription for Rigevidon online, complete an online consultation. Your consultation will be assessed by a pharmacist prescriber, who will issue you with a prescription if it is safe to do so. Your prescription will be dispensed and dispatched from our in-house UK pharmacy. 


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Side Effects

What are the side effects of taking Rigevidon?

The use of Rigevidon may cause side effects. However not everyone will experience them. These include but are not limited to the following:

Common side effects (affecting up to 1/10 women):

  • Depression
  • Excitability
  • Acne
  • Reduced, or no bleeding
  • Weight gain
  • Changes in sexual desire
  • Nervousness
  • Slight disturbances and migraine

 

Uncommon side effects (affecting up to 1/100 women):

  • Vomiting
  • Chloasma
  • High blood pressure
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Blood clot
  • Enhanced levels of blood fat
  • Impaired hearing
  • Liver tumours
  • Vaginal thrush

 

Stop taking Rigevidon immediately and inform your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Any unusual, severe or long-lasting headache
  • Slurred speech
  • Sudden changes to eye site
  • Dizziness, fainting or fits
  • Sudden shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • Sudden sharp pains in your chest
  • Difficulties in moving around
  • Severe pain in abdomen

If you experience any of the above side effects, including ones not mentioned above, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately. In the case of a medical emergency, call 999 or visit your local hospital’s A&E department. A full list of side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet.

You can also report side effects directly via the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme. Reporting side effects can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

 

Patient Information Leaflet

For more information about the contraceptive pill Rigevidon, take a look at the patient information leaflet below: 

 

Where can I find out more information about Rigevidon?

To find out more information about Rigevidon, visit the NHS website.

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Medicine x3 x 21 Tablets (3 Month Course)
Rigevidon 150mcg/30mcg 12.89

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