Important Facts About Cilest
Most frequent questions and answers about Cilest as a contraceptive pill
Cilest is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill, containing two types of female sex hormones, oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones prevent an egg from being released, so you can’t get pregnant. Cilest also makes the fluid in your cervic thicker, making it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
The contraceptive pill Rigevidon prevents you from getting pregnant.
Combined oral contraceptive pills such as Cilest do not protect you from sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), only condoms can help do this.
You should not take Cilest if:
- You have or have ever had a blood clot
- You have a disorder affecting blood clotting
- You need an operation, or are off your feet for a long time
- If you have ever had a heart attack or stroke
- You have or have had angina pectoris
- If you have any disease that may increase your risk of artery clots
- If you have or have ever had a migraine with aura
- if you have breast or liver cancer
- You have or have had a severe liver disease
- If you are being treated with antivirals
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients
As with any form of medication, Cilest has side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Cilest. Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Cilest:
- Stomach problems
- Bleeding between periods
- Painful/unusual periods
- Swollen extremities
- Mood changes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Painful breasts
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal discharge
- Weight gain
- Feeling weak
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Cilest.
A common question asked, is “What happens if I miss a pill”?
If you miss taking the Cilest pill, you must take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember – Even if you have to take 2 Cilest tablets at the same time. Following this, you should continue taking tablets at the usual time of day.
If you miss the pill in the first week of taking you should also use a barrier method of contraception (e.g condom) for the next 7 days. Following the first week, it is not necessary to take further contraception measures.
You should take one Cilest tablet each day, and should take a pill whole with water at the same time each day.
The Cilest packet is marked with the day of the week, you should follow the arrow until the strip is empty (21 days). Following this, you have 7 days where you do not take any Cilest pills.
You should keep Cilest tablets out the the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Cilest after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton after EXP.
Do not throw away any unused Cilest pills via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
Some medications can stop Cilest from working properly. Therefore if you are taking any of the following, talk to your doctor to discuss your options:
- Epilepsy treatment
- Anti-HIV medication
- Hepatitis C medication
- Aprepitant and fosaprepitant
- Certain sedatives
- St. John’s Wort