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What is Ovranette?

Ovranette is a combined contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of contraceptive - barrier methods, such as condoms, cervical caps and vaginal diaphragms, and hormonal contraceptives such as pills, implants, patches or injections.

Ovranette is a pill that you swallow every day. When taken correctly, it is up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

Oral contraceptives such as Ovranette are available on prescription from your doctor or pharmacist. Alternatively, we can prescribe them to you following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.

The active ingredients in Ovranette are levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol. For more information on Ovranette, consult the patient information leaflet.

How it works

Ovranette is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill, containing synthetic versions of the female sex hormones oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones are released into the bloodstream, preventing pregnancy in several ways. They thin the lining of the womb making it less likely a fertilised egg will implant itself there, they thicken cervical mucus to make it more difficult for sperm to fertilise an egg, and prevent your body releasing an egg every month (ovulation.)

Ovranette can take up to seven days to begin working, depending on where you are during your menstrual cycle when you take it. You should make sure you use additional contraception during this period, as Ovranette may not yet protect you from pregnancy.

Before you take it

You should not take Ovranette if you are allergic to the active ingredients levonorgestrel or ethinylestradiol. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist and ask them to recommend an alternative contraceptive pill.

Ovranette will not protect you from sexual health problems such as sexually transmitted diseases. No combined pill will do this. You should continue to use a condom to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.

Ovranette contains lactose and sucralose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, you should not take Ovranette and should speak with your doctor to recommend an alternative method of contraception.

A combined contraceptive pill such as Ovranette may be prescribed to treat symptoms such as premenstrual tension and painful menstruation, or heavy or irregular bleeding from the womb.

Emergency contraceptives such as the morning after pill can interfere with the way Ovranette works and can make it less effective. If you need to take emergency contraception while you are taking Ovranette, you must use additional contraception such as condoms for 14 days afterwards.

You must not take Ovranette if you are pregnant or think you are pregnant. If you are unsure if you are pregnant, take a pregnancy test or visit your doctor.

Oral contraception, such as Ovranette, is associated with an increased risk of developing a blood clot. This risk is more pronounced in women who have experienced a blood clot before, or who are over 35 or are heavy smokers. In some cases a blood clot can cause permanent disability and even can be fatal. Speak with your doctor for more information.

When taking Ovranette, it’s possible your doctor will want to conduct regular check ups, which may include examination of your breasts or performing a cervical smear test. Combined oral contraceptive pills are linked to an increased risk of developing breast cancer, so you should continue to monitor your breasts for any abnormalities and report anything unusual to your doctor.

Ovranette is unsuitable for some women. Do not Ovranette if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you have ever experienced a blood clot before
  • If you have high blood pressure
  • If you have had or have breast cancer
  • If you have ever had liver tumors or severe liver disease
  • If you have ever experienced unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • If you have systemic lupus erythematosus
  • If you are over 35 years old or smoke more than 15 cigarettes per day

Some other medicines may interact with Ovranette. Speak with your doctor if you are taking any of the following before starting Ovranette:

  • Antiepileptics such as carbamazepine
  • Medication used to treat tuberculosis
  • Medication used to treat HIV such as ritonavir and efavirenz
  • Antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections
  • Medications used to treat sleep disorders
  • Antidepressants such as St John’s Wort

This is not an exhaustive list of warnings and interactions, and for a complete list you should read the patient information leaflet or contact your doctor.

Dosage Instructions

You must always take Ovranette as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist, Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to take it, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for clarification.

Ovranette comes in strips of 21 pills. Each pill is marked with a day of the week. Take one pill every day for 21 days, then have a 7 day break. During this 7 day break, you will experience a period-like withdrawal bleed.

It’s also possible you will experience breakthrough bleeding or spotting outside of this 7 day period - this is normal.

Start your next pack after this 7 day break. If you are taking Ovranette correctly, you will start a new pack on the same day every four weeks.

Swallow each pill whole with water. Do not chew, suck on or crush the pill. Ovranette can be taken with or without food. Take it at roughly the same time every day.

If you are a new user, you should take your Ovranette pill on the first day of your next period. If you do this, you will have contraceptive protection with your first pill. If you take your Ovranette tablet on any other day of your period you must use extra contraception, such as condoms, for the first 7 days.

Store Ovranette in a cool, dry place, free from moisture and heat. Keep it out of the reach and sight of children and pets.

Common Side Effects of Ovranette

Like all medications Ovranette may cause side effects. These are usually mild in nature, and should go away on their own as your body becomes used to the medication. However, if they persist, contact your doctor. Common side effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting
  • Vaginal infections including thrush
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain or cramps
  • Dizziness

Ovranette may cause more serious side effects. These are rare, so if you experience them you must go to your doctor. They can include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Rash
  • Vaginal discharge

Ovranette may also cause an allergic reaction. This is very rare, but an allergic reaction is an emergency, so if you believe you are experiencing one, you should seek immediate medical advice. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:

  • Hives
  • Swelling of the face, tongue, throat or mouth
  • Skin rash - peeling, blistering, itching
  • Trouble breathing or speaking
  • Wheezing

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if I become pregnant?

Ovranette is up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. Most unwanted pregnancies that occur while taking Ovranette are as a result of a dosing mistake. You must ensure that you follow your doctor or pharmacist’s instructions exactly. If you believe you are pregnant, stop taking Ovranette and go to your doctor.

What happens if I vomit or have diarrhoea?

Ovranette is absorbed into the bloodstream through the lining of the stomach. If you vomit or have diarrhoea within 2 hours of taking it, it may not have been properly absorbed into your bloodstream. When you feel well enough, take another pill.

What happens if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Ovranette, take it as soon as you remember if it has been less than 24 hours since you should have taken it. You should still be protected against pregnancy. If it has been more than 24 hours, continue taking your pills as normal but make sure you use a condom for the next 7 days.

What happens if I take too much?

An overdose of Ovranette is unlikely to harm you. However, you may experience unwanted side effects, such as vaginal bleeding, nausea, or sickness. If you have taken too much Ovranette and are concerned about side effects, consult your doctor.
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