• Desogestrel

Aizea is a minipill, or single-agent hormonal contraceptive, distributed in the UK by Marlborough Pharmaceuticals.

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In one strip of Aizea is 28 tablets, each containing 75 micrograms of the synthetic hormone desogestrel. These are taken once a day, at the same time each day.

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Aizea is a progesterone-only pill, otherwise known as a minipill. Distributed in the UK by Marlborough Pharmaceuticals, Aizea does not contain oestrogen, and is therefore less likely to cause side effects in those who have an increased sensitivity to this hormone. It is suitable for those who are breastfeeding, and when applied correctly, is almost as effective as the combined pill.

The way the treatment works is to mimic the function of progesterone in the body. Each month, the body goes through certain processes in order to ready itself for pregnancy. Most crucial among these is ovulation. This is the measure by which the ovary produces an egg and releases it into the fallopian tube. Here, it is ready to be fertilised by male sperm.

Desogestrel, which is the artificial version of progesterone found in Aizea, prevents this from happening. Ovulation occurs as a result of rising and falling levels of progesterone in the body. By replacing the levels of this hormone as they lower, desogestrel makes the body think that ovulation has already occurred. This stops an egg from ripening and being delivered into the womb.

Another function this hormone performs is to increase the density of vaginal mucus. This makes it harder for sperm to move around and reach an egg to fertilise it, thus providing a further protective measure. Most progesterone-only pills have this as their primary aim, and do not contain a dose which is strong enough to prevent ovulation. However, Aizea contains a level of the hormone which, in the majority of cases, stops the release of an egg.

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How to use Aizea

Always take the pill as directed by your prescriber, and familiarise yourself with the instructions in the patient information leaflet before using it. This will help to make it as effective as possible and limit the possibility of side effects.

  1. Apply exactly as your doctor has told you to.
  2. This will usually be one pill per day, taken at the same time each day.
  3. For guidance on when to start using this treatment, refer to the leaflet supplied. If you are not switching from another form of hormonal contraceptive or have not recently been pregnant, this is usually on the first day of your period.
  4. Swallow your pill whole, with water if required.
  5. Do not exceed the amount prescribed for you.
  6. In the event that you forget to take it, instructions can be located in the patient information leaflet. Further assistance can be obtained from your GP, or your family planning nurse.

The above directions are provided only as a guide. Detailed information on usage can be found in the leaflet supplied with the medicine.

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Aizea side effects

It is important to be aware of the potential side effects this product may cause, as some may be serious and necessitate attention from a doctor. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, breast cancer or blood clot (such as chest pains or shortness of breath), then you should go to your nearest hospital as soon as possible.

Common (1 in 10 women or less):
Headache, acne, feeling or being sick, irregular or complete lack of periods, decreased sexual drive, breast pain, or weight increase.

Uncommon (1 in 100 women or less):
Infection of the vagina, difficulty wearing contact lenses, hair loss, painful periods, ovarian cysts, or drowsiness.

Rare (1 in 1000 women or less):
Rash, hives, or painful blue-red skin lumps.

This is not a full index of the side effects this medicine may cause. More detailed information is supplied in the leaflet which comes with the product.

Taking it with other medications

The use of other treatments may make Aizea less effective. These include: epilepsy medicines such as primidone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, felbamate or phenobarbital; rifampicin; HIV treatments such as ritonavir; griseofulvin; medical charcoal; or St. John’s Wort.

Aizea may also inhibit the function of cyclosporine. Do not use this product in conjunction with any other contraceptive pill.

Conditions to look out for

Some conditions, or the presence of them in the past, may make Aizea unsuitable for use. These include: blood clots; jaundice; severe liver disease; breast cancer; or unexplained vaginal bleeding. It may also not be safe if you have or have ever had: liver cancer; diabetes; chloasma; epilepsy; tuberculosis; or high blood pressure.


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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. Alcohol will not interfere with how this tablet functions.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Your ability to drive should not be compromised by this pill. However, should you experience any side effects which may make driving unsafe, do not drive and let your doctor know right away.

Can I use this medicine while pregnant?

No. It is not suitable for women who are pregnant or think that they might be. It can, however, be used during breastfeeding; but you should still check with your doctor first before using it in this case.

How do I store it?

Keep it out of the reach of children, and in safe place at room temperature.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Aizea contains the following ingredients: desogestrel, colloidal anhydrous silica, alpha-tocopherol, maize starch, povidone, stearic acid, hypromellose, macrogol 6000, propylene glycol, talc, titanium dioxide (E171), and lactose monohydrate.

Is it available over-the-counter?

It is not possible to buy Aizea in the UK unless you have a prescription. Our registered doctors can issue you with one based on the answers you supply to our medical survey.

Is it right for me?

If you would like to know more about the minipill and whether it is right for you, see your GP. If you’re looking to renew your existing prescription, complete one of our health questionnaires. It only takes a few minutes. Every order placed is checked by one of our qualified physicians, who will only approve your treatment if they are sure it is safe. Following confirmation, your order will be sent electronically to our pharmacy to be dispensed. Based in the UK, our pharmacy ships all items by tracked 24-hour courier, so that you can begin using your pill within one day of successful consultation.

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