Femodene is an oral birth control pill marketed by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, and works to prevent pregnancy by simulating the function of naturally-occurring hormones.
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The dose of one Femodene tablet consists of 75 micrograms of gestodene and 30 micrograms of ethinylestradiol. It is a 21-day course.
In Femodene ED are an additional 7 inactive tablets, which are taken during what would otherwise be pill-free days.
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Femodene is a combined oral contraceptive. It is a branded product made by Bayer, and is available in two forms: standard and ED. The standard packet contains 21 pills, which are taken once daily for three weeks, then succeeded by a one-week rest period. The ED version is taken every day; the one-week rest period is replaced by the once-daily administration of 7 inactive pills.
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To know how Femodene functions in preventing pregnancy, it is important first to know how conception occurs. In the female body, the ovaries produce an egg at a certain time each month (and sometimes, they may release more than one). This egg then travels along the fallopian tube towards the uterus. When a man’s sperm is released into the vagina during sex, it travels through the womb towards the egg. It fertilises the egg on contact.
The egg, now pregnated, continues to travel towards the uterus. Once it reaches its destination, the egg implants on the uterine wall (endometrium), where it goes on to develop into an embryo. In those cases where fertilisation does not occur, the egg disintegrates in the uterus, and the womb sheds its lining. This is then discharged through menstrual bleeding (or a period).
During the menstrual cycle, the body releases certain hormones to manage both the release of eggs from the ovary, as well as the shedding of the endometrium. These hormones are called progesterone and oestrogen.
Combined pills like Femodene contain synthetic variations of these hormones. Ethinylestradiol and gestodene, which are the active components of Femodene, work by making the body assume that ovulation has already taken place. This stops the release of an egg from the ovary. These ingredients perform further functions in preventing pregnancy, by altering the consistency of the endometrium to make it less receptive to egg implantation; and thickening vaginal fluid, so as to hinder the mobility of sperm in the womb.
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How to use Femodene
Always take your pill according to the instructions provided by your doctor, or in the patient information leaflet. While no contraceptive pill is 100% guaranteed to stop pregnancy, applying the treatment in the correct manner will help to make it as effective as possible, and reduce the likelihood of adverse effects.
- Ensure you are not already pregnant before using this product.
- Follow the instructions and arrows on the strip. This will help you to remember whether or not you have taken your pill.
- Take one Femodene tablet once a day for 21 consecutive days. After this, have a 7 day break.
- For those using Femodene ED, this 7 day break will be replaced by the daily application of 7 inactive tablets.
- Repeat the process.
- Take the tablets with water. Do not chew them or break them up prior to consumption.
- If you forget to take Femodene, consult the leaflet provided for advice.
The directions provided here are intended to be an indicative guide. They are not a substitute for the instructions supplied in the leaflet. Ensure you read these before you start using this product.
Femodene side effects
You should always know what the potential side effects of your medicine look like. This will help you to identify them early if they occur and get the appropriate treatment right away.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Weight fluctuations, headaches, stomach pain, feelings of sickness, sore breasts, mood swings.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Skin irritation, migraines, loss of libido, fluid retention, swollen breasts.
Rare (1 in 1000 people or less):
Intolerance of contact lenses, weight loss, increase in libido, vaginal or breast discharge.
The list of known side effects provided here is not comprehensive. A more detailed account can be found in the leaflet supplied. If you experience any side effects, signs of an allergic reaction or anything else unusual, you should notify your doctor immediately.
Taking it with other medicines
Inform your doctor of any other medications you are taking during consultation. Some treatments may make the use of this pill unsuitable, and you may not be able to use Femodene if you are using any of the following: medicines to treat epilepsy; medicines to treat HIV or hepatitis C; griseofulvin; certain antibiotics; barbiturates; or St. John’s Wort.
Conditions to look out for
Disclose your medical history to your prescriber during consultation for Femodene. The treatment should not be used by those who have or have ever had: a blood clot; deep vein thrombosis; pulmonary embolus; any disorder which affects blood clotting; a heart attack or stroke; angina; severe diabetes with blood vessel damage; high blood pressure; hyperhomocysteinaemia; migraine with aura; breast cancer; or liver disease.
A doctor may choose not to prescribe this medicine or only issue it with special instructions in those cases where the user has, or has had: lupus; Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis; haemolytic uraemic syndrome; sickle cell anaemia; pancreatitis; hypertriglyceridaemia; varicose veins; diabetes; porphyria; or migraines.
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Can I still drink alcohol?
You can. Alcohol is not known to affect Femodene.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, this treatment should not inhibit your ability to drive. But, if you notice side effects which could make driving dangerous, refrain from doing so and contact your GP or your nearest hospital.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
No. Make sure you are not pregnant before starting Femodene.
It may also not be suitable for those who are breastfeeding. Let our doctor know during consultation if you are, so that they can advise you accordingly.
How should I store it?
In a dry and sealed storage area, below 25°C.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Femodene contains the following: gestodene, ethinylestradiol, lactose, maize starch, povidone, magnesium stearate (E572), sodium calcium edetate, sucrose, macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), talc and montan glycol wax.
Do not take this pill if you are allergic to any containing ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
No. A prescription is required for the purchase of combined pills in the UK.
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