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Femodette is a contraceptive pill. It is used to prevent pregnancy, and it works by stopping ovulation and making it difficult for sperm to reach an egg. When taken correctly it is around 99% effective.
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What is Femodette?

Femodette is a combined oral contraceptive pill. Contraceptives stop you from becoming pregnant. There are two main types of contraceptives - hormonal contraceptives, which include injections, pills and implants, and barrier methods such as condoms.

An oral contraceptive is a pill that you swallow every day. When used correctly, it is extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. Femodette is similar to other combined oral contraceptives.

Femodette is available on prescription from your doctor. Alternatively, we can prescribe it to you following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.

Femodette is a brand name. The active ingredients in Femodette are gestodene and ethinylestradiol. For more information about this medicine, please read the patient information leaflet or speak with your doctor.

How it works

Femodette contains two different female sex hormones - progesterone and oestrogen. It works in a very similar way to most other combined hormonal contraceptive pills. They prevent pregnancy by altering the levels of progestogen and oestrogen in the body, preventing ovulation (releasing an egg). Femodette also makes it more difficult for an egg to implant itself into the womb, and also thickens cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to travel to the egg.

Femodette may take up to 7 days to begin working, depending on when you take it during your menstrual cycle. You will need to use an additional method of contraception, such as condoms, during this time.

Before you take it

You must not take Femodette if you are allergic to any of the active or inactive ingredients in this medication. You should speak with your doctor or pharmacist for advice. They will be able to recommend an alternative, more suitable method of contraception.

It is very important that you do not take Femodette in conjunction with another contraceptive pill. You should never mix hormonal contraceptives, as doing so can cause a rise in blood pressure. If you have a history of high blood pressure, consult your doctor before taking Femodette. It is safe to use additional methods of contraception, such as condoms or spermicides, when taking Femodette.

Femodette, like other oral contraceptives, will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases or other sexual health problems. No method of hormonal contraception can do this. The only contraceptive method that will protect you from sexually transmitted infections is a condom.

You should speak to your doctor before taking Femodette if you have ever experienced a heart attack or stroke.

If you are over 35 and you smoke, Femodette may increase the risk that you develop a blood clot. If you want to take Femodette but are unable to quit smoking, your doctor may require you to use another form of contraception.

Femodette can increase your risk of developing blood clots or breast cancer. You should be aware that this is very small risk, but there is an increased risk and if you have a history of blood clots you must speak with your doctor. For detailed information and statistics regarding the risk of developing these health conditions while taking Femodette, consult the patient information leaflet.

You should consult your doctor if you experience any of the following health problems, as they may mean Femodette is unsuitable for you to take.

  • Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Systematic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Sickle cell anaemia
  • If you have had a baby within the last few weeks
  • A history of heart attacks or strokes
  • Angina or chest pains
  • Breast or liver cancer
  • Varicose veins
  • Obesity
  • Migraines
  • Elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia)
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis (inflammation of veins under the skin)

If you are taking any of the following medicines, it may mean that Femodette is unsuitable for you. Consult your doctor before taking Femodette if you are taking any of the following:

  • Any medicine used to treat epilepsy, such as carbamazepine
  • Medications to treat HIV and Hepatitis C infections such as ritonavir
  • Antifungal medications such as griseofulvin
  • Antibiotic medications
  • Sedatives such as barbiturates
  • St John’s Wort, a herbal remedy to treat depression

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and interactions, and you should consult the patient information leaflet or speak to your doctor if you require more information.

Dosage Instructions

This medication is for female use only. You should take Femodette exactly as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are unsure about how to take Femodette, consult your healthcare professional for advice.

Femodette comes as strips of 21 pills. They are each marked with a day of the week. Start by taking the pill marked with the current day. Continue taking one pill each day, at the roughly the same time, for the next 21 days.

After you have completed one pack, stop taking the pills for 7 days. During this time you will have a withdrawal bleed. You don’t need additional contraception during these 7 days as long as you have taken your other pills as directed. After the 7 days are up, start a new pack, even if you have not stopped bleeding.

If you take Femodette correctly, you will always start taking a new strip of tablets on the same day each week. If you’re a new user of Femodette, it’s best to start taking it on the first day of your next period.

Store Femodette at room temperature, in a cool, dry place. Keep it out of the reach and sight of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Femodette

LIke any medication, Femodette can cause side effects. They are usually mild to moderate in nature, and should go away on their own once your body becomes used to the medication. However, if these side effects persist, go to your doctor to discuss them. Symptoms include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomachache
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Sore or painful breasts
  • Migraine
  • Skin rash

It’s also possible for Femodette to cause less common, more serious side effects. If you experience these, they should be discussed with your doctor. Symptoms can include:

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding or spotting
  • Yellow or brown patches on the skin
  • Breast enlargement
  • Fluid retention

Femodette can cause you to experience an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction is rare, but it is an emergency, and if you believe you are experiencing one, you should immediately seek medical help. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Hives or nettle rash
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness of the chest and throat
  • Swelling of the face, throat, mouth or eyelids

This is not an exhaustive list of potential side effects. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet or speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if I become pregnant?

It is thought that oral contraceptive pills are more than 99% effective with perfect use, and around 91% effective with typical use. Most unwanted pregnancies are as a result of dosing mistakes, such as missing a pill or taking it at the wrong time. Make sure you take your pill exactly as prescribed. If you become pregnant while using Femodette, go to your doctor.

What happens if I vomit or have diarrhoea?

If you vomit or have diarrhoea within two hours of taking your pill, it may not have been absorbed into your bloodstream properly. Immediately take another pill and continue your next dose at the same time.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, you may not be protected from pregnancy. Continue taking your pills at the same time each day, but ensure you use additional contraception such as condoms for the next 7 days to ensure Femodette has been given time to work properly. Never take two doses to make up for a missed dose.

What happens if I take too much?

If you take more Femodette than you should, it is unlikely to do you any harm. However, you may experience nausea, vomiting or bleeding from the vagina. If you experience this, consult your doctor or nurse.

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Dosage Instructions Please see medicine label for the dosage instructions.