• Ethinylestradiol/Drospirenone

Eloine is a low-dose contraceptive pill made by Bayer. It contains two hormones which interfere with the process of menstruation.

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The 24 active pills contain 200 micrograms of ethinylestradiol and 3mg of drospirenone. One pill should be taken at the same time each day.

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Eloine is a combined oral contraceptive pill manufactured by Bayer. It is a low dose pill consisting of two hormones, which are synthetic versions of progesterone and oestrogen. Low dose contraceptives are used by those who might be sensitive to the side effects incurred by a regular dose. Eloine is only available to buy online or in person with a prescription from a registered doctor.

Pills such as Eloine work by inhibiting the processes in the body which prepare it for pregnancy each month. Ovulation, whereby the ovary produces an egg ready to be fertilised by male sperm, is triggered by a drop in certain hormones. This egg then travels along the fallopian tube to the uterus where, if it has been fertilised, it attaches to the endometrium (the wall of the uterus). The fertilised egg will then develop into a foetus. If the egg is not fertilised, it simply breaks down upon reaching the uterus and leaves the body during menstruation.

The synthetic hormones in Eloine work by supplementing falling hormone levels in the body, thus tricking it into thinking that ovulation has already taken place. Therefore, an egg is not released by the ovary. Pills such as this one also change the consistency of the wall of the uterus, so that it is harder for an egg to implant there. They also perform the added function of thickening fluid in the cervix, so that sperm cannot travel through and initiate fertilisation.

Women who are sensitive to the levels of hormone contained in regular dose contraceptive pills may be issued a lower dose option, to reduce the risk of side effects. Like those containing the regular dose, this pill is still 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

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How to use Eloine

Make sure you follow the directions given by your prescriber when using this treatment, and that you read the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet. This will help you to get the best possible results from this product, and to limit the risk of side effects.

  1. Take according to your prescriber's directions.
  2. This will typically be one tablet taken at the same time each day.
  3. One strip contains 24 active and four inactive tablets.
  4. Start with the pill in the top left corner of the strip.
  5. Place the appropriate week sticker on the strip as instructed in the leaflet.
  6. This contains directional arrows to help you keep track of your pills. It is important to take them in the designated order, as  hey contain different compositions.
  7. Following completion of one strip, begin the next one the following day.
  8. Usually, the first pill will be taken on the first day of your period.
  9. Those who are switching from a different pill or have recently been pregnant should refer to the leaflet or ask their doctor for advice on when to start this pill.
  10. Extra contraception (such as a condom) may be required during the first week of use.
  11. If you forget to take your pill, consult the leaflet provided for advice on what to do next.

The above is only a summary. More detailed instructions can be located in the patient information leaflet provided with the treatment.

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Eloine side effects

It is important to be aware of the side effects this product may cause before you begin use. Report any signs of a blood clot or an allergic reaction to your doctor immediately. More information on these can be found in the leaflet provided.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):

Mood swings, headache, nausea, breast pain, irregular periods or absence of periods.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):

Depression, nervousness, sleepiness, dizziness, ‘pins and needles’, migraine, varicose veins, increased blood pressure, stomach ache, vomiting, indigestion, intestinal gas, inflammation of the stomach, diarrhoea, acne, itching, rash, aches and pains, vaginal fungal infection, pelvic pain, breast enlargement, benign breast lumps, uterine/vaginal bleeding, genital discharge, hot flushes, inflammation of the vagina (vaginitis), painful or very heavy periods, vaginal dryness, abnormal cervical smear, loss of libido, lack of energy, increased sweating, fluid retention or weight fluctuations.

Rare (1 in 1,000 users or less):

Candida infection, anaemia, increase in the number of platelets in the blood, allergic reaction, hormonal (endocrine) disorder, increase in or loss of appetite, abnormally high blood potassium or abnormally low blood sodium levels, failure to experience an orgasm, insomnia, giddiness, tremor, eye disorders, rapid heartbeat, inflammation of a vein, nosebleed, fainting, enlarged abdomen, bowel disorder, feeling bloated, constipation, stomach hernia, dry mouth, pain or inflammation in the bile ducts or the gallbladder, yellow brown patches on the skin, eczema, hair loss, acne-like inflammation of the skin, dry skin, lumpy inflammation of the skin, excessive hair growth, skin disorder, stretch marks on the skin, skin inflammation, light-sensitive skin inflammation, skin nodules, difficult or painful sex, inflammation of the vagina (vulvovaginitis), bleeding following intercourse, withdrawal bleeding, breast cyst, increased number of breast cells, malignant lumps in the breast, abnormal growth on the mucosal surface of the cervix, shrinkage or wasting of the lining of the womb, ovarian cysts, enlargement of the womb, feeling generally unwell, harmful blood clots in a vein or artery, heart attack, stroke, transient ischaemic attack, or blood clots in the liver, stomach/intestine, kidneys or eye.

More information on side effects is supplied in the accompanying leaflet.

Taking it with other medicines

Let your prescriber know if you are using any other treatments during consultation. This pill should not be used by those who are also taking: epilepsy medicines such as primidone, phenytoin, barbiturates, carbamazepine or oxcarbazepine; tuberculosis treatment such as rifampicin; treatments for HIV and hepatitis C including ritonavir, nevirapine or efavirenz; medications for fungal infections such as griseofulvin, ketoconazole; etoricoxib or other products for arthritis or arthrosis; high blood pressure  medicines such as bosentan; or St. John’s wort.

It may also not be suitable for use in conjunction with: ciclosporin; lamotrigine; theophylline; or tizanidine.

Conditions to look out for

Those with a history of the following conditions should not use this pill: a blood clot in a blood vessel of the legs, lungs or other organs; any disorder affecting blood clotting such as protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies; heart attack or stroke; angina pectoris; transient ischaemic attack; severe diabetes with blood vessel damage; very high blood pressure; very high cholesterol or triglycerides; hyperhomocysteinaemia; migraine with aura; liver disease and your liver function is still not normal; kidney disorder; a tumour in the liver; suspected of breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs; or unexplained bleeding from the vagina.

It may also not be suitable for those with: a close relative who has ever had breast cancer; a disease of the liver or the gallbladder; lactose intolerance; diabetes; depression; Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis; systemic lupus erythematosus; haemolytic uraemic syndrome; sickle cell anaemia; hypertriglyceridaemia; inflammation in the veins; varicose veins; epilepsy; a disease which first appeared during pregnancy or earlier use of sex hormones; chloasma; hereditary angioedema; or those who are in need an operation and expect to be off their feet for a long time; or those who have just given birth and are at an increased risk of blood clots.

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes, it is not thought that alcohol will inhibit the function of this pill.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes, provided you experience no side effects which may make doing so dangerous or unsafe. If you do, refrain from driving and contact your doctor immediately.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

The pill is not suitable for women who are pregnant, and the combined pill is not advised for women who are breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding and looking for an appropriate hormonal contraceptive to use, speak to your doctor.

How should I store it?

Keep it out of the reach of children and in a safe place, at a temperature of 25°C or less.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This pill consists of the following ingredients: ethinylestradiol, drospirenone, lactose monohydrate, maize starch, magnesium stearate (E470b), hypromellose (E464), talc (E553b), microcrystalline cellulose, titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide red (E172).

If you are allergic to any of the above do not use this product.

Is it available over-the-counter?

To buy Eloine from any UK pharmacy, you will need a prescription. This can be obtained through our secure consultation service.

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