• Ethinylestradiol/Levonorgestrel

Elevin is a contraceptive pill marketed in the UK by MedRX. It is a combined hormonal treatment which interferes with the process of ovulation.

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Elevin tablets contain 30 micrograms of ethinylestradiol and 150 micrograms of levonorgestrel. They are taken once a day for the first 21 days of a menstrual cycle, and are followed by seven pill-free days.

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Elevin is an oral birth control tablet, which is made available in the UK by a company called MedRX. It is referred to as a combined pill, which means that it contains two synthetic hormones which supersede the normal process of menstruation. This pill is taken once a day for 21 continuous days, then followed up by a seven day period of rest. After this, the cycle is started again.

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In the body, certain hormones are responsible for helping the body to ready itself for pregnancy each month. When levels of progesterone and oestrogen in the body fall, certain processes begin; one of which is ovulation. This sees the release of an egg (or ova) into the fallopian tube, where it is available for fertilisation by sperm. The ova, whether it is fertilised or not, then travels to the uterus. Fertilised eggs attach to the endometrium, which is the wall of the uterus, and begin to develop into an embryo. Non-fertilised eggs simply break down and exit the body through menstrual discharge.

The functioning agents in Elevin are synthetic versions of progesterone and oestrogen, called levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol. Their presence in the body makes it think that ovulation has already occurred, and does not need to take place again; and so prevents the release of an egg. In addition to this, the synthetic hormones also alter the quality of the uterine lining, so that an egg cannot implant there as easily and develop; and increase the concentration of cervical fluid, so sperm cannot move around as freely inside the womb.

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How to use Elevin

Following the directions supplied by your prescribing doctor, as well as adhering to the instructions provided with the medicine, is vital in ensuring your pill is as effective as it can be.

  1. Take the pill as directed by your prescriber.
  2. Typically, this will be one pill, taken at the same time daily, for 21 consecutive days.
  3. Have seven pill-free days after this.
  4. Then, begin the cycle again.
  5. Swallow your pill whole, with water if necessary.
  6. If you forget to take your pill, consult the instructions provided for advice on what to do next.
  7. Guidelines on when to start using the treatment can be found in the patient information leaflet.

If you are unsure about anything, consult your doctor or family planning nurse for guidance.

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Elevin side effects

It is essential to be aware of the potential side effects this pill may cause so that you can act accordingly in the event that they occur. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, blood clot or any other side effects which pose a threat to your well-being, seek medical attention right away.

Very common (1 in 10 people or more):
Headaches, spotting and bleeding between periods.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Inflammation of the vagina, mood swings, nervousness, feeling or being sick, dizziness, abdominal pain, acne, breast pain, period pain, weight fluctuation or fluid retention.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Changes in appetite, abdominal cramps and bloating, rash, skin discolouration, hair loss, or rise in blood pressure.

Rare (1 in 1000 people or less):
Glucose intolerance, reduced ability to wear contact lenses, or jaundice.

Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Urticaria, skin reaction with multiple skin lesions, hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver tumours.

This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with this product. Consult the patient information leaflet for a more detailed list.

Taking it with other medicines

If you are taking other treatments, let your prescriber know. Elevin may be affected by or interfere with the function of the following: epilepsy treatments such as primidone, phenytoin, barbiturates, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine; medications for tuberculosis such as rifampicin; medications for HIV such as ritonavir, nevirapine; antibiotics such as griseofulvin, penicillin, tetracycline; medicines for high blood pressure, for instance bosentan; St. John's wort; ciclosporin; or lamotrigine.

Conditions to look out for

Certain conditions may make the use of Elevin unsuitable. Do not use it if you have or have ever had: a blood clot, a heart attack or stroke, or any condition which puts you at increased risk of these; very high blood pressure; a very high level of fat in the blood; any condition which inhibits blood clotting; migraine with aura; an inflammation of the pancreas; liver disease from which you have not fully recovered; breast cancer; or unexplained bleeding from the vagina.

A doctor may choose not to prescribe this pill or only issue it with special care if you have a history of: liver or gallbladder disease; diabetes; Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis; depression; haemolytic uraemic syndrome; sickle cell anaemia; epilepsy; systemic lupus erythematosus; or other conditions.

Let your doctor know if you have any conditions which may affect your suitability to the medicine during consultation.

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. The consumption of alcohol will not affect the way this pill works.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes, as long as you do not experience any side effects which could impair your judgement or motor skills. If you do, avoid driving and speak to your doctor right away.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

No. It is not suitable for persons who are pregnant. It is also not advised for those who are breastfeeding. Consult your doctor for further guidance in these cases.

How should I store it?

In a safe environment, below 25°C and away from excessive sources of light or moisture.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Elevin tablets contain the following ingredients: ethinylestradiol, levonorgestrel, lactose monohydrate, maize starch, gelatine, hypromellose, macrogol 4000, titanium dioxide (E171), and iron oxide yellow (E172). Do not take them if you are allergic to any of these components.

Is it available over-the-counter?

No. This pill is only available with a prescription. Our doctors have the capacity to issue a prescription based on the answers you provide to our medical questionnaire.

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