Lucette

Ethinylestradiol/drospirenone

Lucette is a combined contraceptive pill, which contains two synthetic female hormones: ethinylestradiol and drospirenone.

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3mg

There is 0.03mg of ethinylestradiol and 3mg of drospinterone in each tablet.

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Lucette is a combined contraceptive pill, which contains two synthetic female hormones: ethinylestradiol and drospirenone.

To buy Lucette online, fill out our simple questionnaire to have it reviewed by a doctor or prescriber. Pending clinical approval, your order will be processed by our UK pharmacy and delivered to you within 24 hours.

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Product information

Lucette is a combined contraceptive pill. It contains two synthetic female hormones, ethinylestradiol and drospirenone. A course of Lucette is taken over 21 days, so you’ll take it for the first three weeks of your menstrual cycle, followed by seven days off, before the beginning of the next cycle.

Normally, the menstrual cycle allows one or two eggs to mature every month in the ovaries. An egg will leave the ovary and move through the fallopian tube towards the uterus. When semen enters the vagina, sperm can swim through the cervix and into the fallopian tubes. Here is where fertilisation takes place.

The contraceptive pill alters the ovulation process by changing the balance of hormones, because of the increased presence of these synthetic versions of oestrogen and progesterone. This alters the body’s fertility cycle, and an egg is not subsequently released. 

The mucus-membrane in the cervix is also thickened by these hormones, which makes it more difficult for sperm cells to move through the cervix.

In the event that an egg is released, and sperm manage to reach the egg, resulting in fertilisation, the contraceptive pill offers one final barrier against pregnancy. The womb lining is altered so that it becomes extremely thin, which makes the process of implantation (when the egg implants itself in the womb) more difficult. 

You will typically experience ‘withdrawal bleeding’ during the seven day break from taking Lucette. This is similar to a normal period, but can be lighter. It is also possible not to bleed at all. If this is still happening 2 months after you began taking Lucette, you should consider speaking with your doctor.

The process of bleeding during the course of the combined pill (not during the seven day break) is called breakthrough bleeding. It often occurs as a result of the body adjusting to the pill but it will usually stop after 2 or 3 months. Again, if it carries on for more than this, you should contact your GP.

Many women choose to take the pill as it is a highly effective form of contraception. If it is used correctly, the combined pill is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, and in some cases it can also contribute towards lighter periods. 

If you want to purchase Lucette, you can do so through our online pharmacy. We offer a helpful alternative if you do not have the time to visit your GP in person for your regular prescription. Our online consultation service allows a doctor or prescriber to review your order shortly after it’s been submitted. Pending clinical approval, your medication will be dispatched the same working day.

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Page last reviewed:  31/10/2019
Directions

Always take Lucette as instructed and prescribed by your doctor.

This pill is more than 99% effective when used correctly. No single contraceptive method can fully protect against pregnancy, but the combined contraceptive pill is one of the most reliable methods. 

  1. Take a single tablet once a day for 21 consecutive days. 
  2. Following this, stop taking Lucette for a subsequent seven days. 
  3. After a week of not taking Lucette, the 21 day cycle is repeated. 
  4. The tablet should be taken at the same time each day.
  5. Each tablet has a marker indicating the day of the week on which it should be taken.
  6. Take the tablet with water. You don’t have to take it with food. 
  7. If you forget to take the tablet and are less than 12 hours late in doing so, you are still protected. If you are more than 12 hours late, protection may be reduced and the risk increases in line with the more dosages you miss. 
  8. Consult the leaflet for more information on what to do if you miss a tablet and are more than 12 hours late taking it, or miss more than one tablet. 

These directions are intended as a guide only. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the patient leaflet provided.

Page last reviewed:  31/10/2019
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Lucette 3mg

Side effects

Side effects are always a possibility with any medication. However, it helps to be aware of what side effects look like. 

Common (1 in 10 people or less):

Common symptoms include tenderness in the breasts, pain in the breasts, bleeding between periods, menstrual disorders, headaches and migraines, nausea, depressive mood and vaginal yeast infection. 

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):

Uncommon symptoms may include high or low blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhoea, hair loss, loss of libido, weight loss or gain, breast enlargement and potentially a skin rash, acne, or severe itching. 

Rare (1 in 1000 people or less):

Rare symptoms can include a blood clot in a vein/artery, an allergic reaction, skin conditions such as erythema nodosum or a hearing impairment. 

This is just an informative overview of the side effects which have been observed with this treatment. You can find more detailed information about side effects on the patient information leaflet which is provided with the medication. If you experience side effects, you should contact your GP urgently.

Warnings

Taking it with other medicines

You should inform your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken other medications. Some medication can have an influence on blood levels when taking Lucette which can make it less effective. If you are taking any medicines for epilepsy (such as barbiturates, phenytoin, primidone, carbamazepine, felbamate, oxcarbazepine, topiramate), HIV or hepatitis C (such as ritonavir, nevirapine, efavirenz), high blood pressure (bosentan), fungal infections (griseofulvin, ketoconazole), or arthrosis (etoricoxib), then it is not recommended to take Lucette.

Conditions to look out for

It may be unsuitable for people with certain medical conditions to take Lucette. It is vital you make your doctor aware of any medical conditions you may have had, even if you do not see it listed below. Doctors should be made especially aware of any of the following: blood clots you may have suffered, deep vein thrombosis, clots of the lungs (or any other organ), disorders affecting your blood clotting (protein C deficiency, for example), any recent operations, if you’ve ever had severe diabetes with blood vessel damage, high blood pressure, high levels of fat in the blood, hyperhomocysteinemia, a type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura,’ a liver disease, limited liver function, kidney problems or failure, a tumour in the liver or any other organ, breast cancer, cancer of the genitals, unexplained vaginal bleeding, allergies to any of the active ingredients, or if you have any allergies relating to peanut or soya (you should, under no circumstances, take this treatment if you are allergic to peanut or soya). 

Pregnancy and breastfeeding 

You should speak to a doctor if you think you may be pregnant or are planning on having a baby. It is not recommended to take Lucette whilst breastfeeding.

Driving and machinery

There is nothing to suggest that Lucette will impede on the ability to drive or operate machinery. 

Contraception and cancer risks

The combined pill slightly increases the risk of some types of cancer. The patient information leaflet has extended information on risk factors related to cancer.

Lactose intolerance

Lucette contains both soya and lactose. If a doctor has told you that you are allergic to the sugars in the medicine, you should not take the product.

Page last reviewed:  31/10/2019
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Lucette 3mg

Q&A

Can I still drink alcohol?

It is safe to drink whilst taking Lucette.

Will I still be able to drive?

It is safe to drive while you are taking Lucette. If you notice any side effects that may hinder your ability to drive safely, see your GP.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

Do not take Lucette if you are pregnant. If you are planning on having a baby stop taking Lucette and contact your GP.

How should I store it?

It should be stored in the original packaging below 30°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Lucette contains lactose monohydrate, pregelatinised maize starch, povidone K-25, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide (E171), talc (E553b), macrogol 3350, soya. You should not use Lucette if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You will need a prescription to purchase Lucette in the UK.

Can I buy Lucette online?

If you would like to renew your prescription online or change to Lucette from a different combined pill, you can use the Treated.com online consultation service to do so. One of our GMC-registered doctors will be able to ensure that Lucette is safe for you to use, and so it can be dispatched to you within one day of ordering.

Page last reviewed:  31/10/2019

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