Important Facts About Rigevidon
Most frequent questions and answers Rigevidon as a form of contraception
Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive, which is often called the pill.
contraceptive pill Rigevidon, contains oestrogen, and a progestogen, lovonorgestrel in a low dose.
These hormones stop you from getting pregnant by:
- Stopping ovaries from releasing an egg
- Thicken the fluid at the neck of the womb to make it more difficult for the sperm to reach the egg
- Alter womb lining to make it less likely to accept a fertalised egg
The contraceptive pill Rigevidon prevents you from getting pregnant.
Combined oral contraceptive pills such as Rigevidon do not protect you from sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), only condoms can help do this.
You should not take Rigevidon if:
- You have a blood clot in any organ
- You have a disorder affecting blood clotting
- You need an operation, or are off your feet for a long time
- You have had a heart attack or stroke
- You have or had angina pectoris
- You have a ‘migraine with aura’
- You have any disease that may increase the risk of clots
- You have breast cancer or cancer of the genitals
- You have a liver disease
- You have or ever had liver tumour
- You have unexplained bleeding from the vagine
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You have hepatitis C
As with any form of medication, Rigevidon has side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Rigevidon. Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Rigevidon:
- Mood swings
- Altered sexual desire
- Feeling/being sick
- Abdominal pain
- Breast pain
- Irregular bleeding
- Abnormality of cervix
- Vaginal secretion
- Changes in weight
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Rigevidon.
A common question asked, is “What happens if I miss a pill”?
If you miss taking the Rigevidon pill, you must take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember – Even if you have to take 2 Rigevidon tablets at the same time. Followign 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 Rigevidon tablet each day, and should take a pill whole with water at the same time each day.
The Rigevidon 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 Rigevidon pills.
You should keep Rigevidon tablets out the the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Rigevidon after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton after EXP.
Rigevidon tablets should be stored below 25°C
Do not throw away any unused Rigevidon 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.