Take one pill every day at the same time for 28 days.
There are 24 light pink active tablets and 4 white inactive tablets in each strip. Every day for 24 days, take a light pink tablet. Then, for the next four days, take a white tablet every day – you may get your period during this time. Once finished, begin a new strip right away (24 light pink and then 4 white tablets). As a result, there is no pill break.
Begin each new strip with the first light pink tablet in the upper left corner. Follow the arrows on the strip to determine the correct order.
Eloine comes in a pack of 28 pills, with 24 active pills (light pink) and 4 inactive pills (white). Each of the active tablets contains varying levels of hormones and must be taken in the correct order for the pill to be effective.
Ethinylestradiol and drospirenone are the active hormones. This prevents eggs from being released (ovulation) and fertilized.
Eloine is 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. If it is not always taken correctly, approximately 9 out of every 100 women will become pregnant.
You may not be protected against pregnancy if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea. If this occurs, continue taking the pill as usual, but use a condom while you’re sick. If this continues for more than 24 hours, you should take the same steps as if the pill was missed.
Please keep in mind that you should only begin Eloine if you are certain you are not pregnant.
If you begin using Eloine on days 1-5 of your period, you should be protected from pregnancy right away, as long as you do not have a short or irregular menstrual cycle.
If you begin after day 1 and have a short or irregular menstrual cycle, you must use condoms for 7 days if you have sex. If you have sex, your clinician will be able to advise you on whether you need to use additional contraception during the first 7 days.
Many women have no side effects, but some have more irregular bleeding when taking a low-dose pill. This usually resolves itself after a few months. Other possible side effects include headaches, nausea, breast discomfort, and mood swings. Some women develop blood clots on rare occasions. This pill has a slightly higher risk of blood clots than other medications. Send us a message through your Patient Record if you have any concerns.
See the patient information leaflet for a complete list of side effects and how to use it correctly. If you are experiencing any side effects, please contact us through your Patient Record.
Because these are placebo pills, missing one of the last four tablets in the fourth row of the strip has no effect on contraception. Remove the erroneous placebo pill.
If you forget to take a light pink, active tablet (tablets 1-24 in your blister pack), you must do the following: If you are less than 24 hours late in taking a pill, take it as soon as you remember and then resume taking the pills at the regular time. You will still be safe from pregnancy.
If you miss a tablet by more than 24 hours, your protection against pregnancy may be reduced. The steps that follow are determined by when you last took your pill and where you are in your pill packet. For more information, please see the patient information leaflet.
Eloine is a combined contraceptive pill, it is not recommended that you begin using it until 6 weeks after giving birth if you are breastfeeding.
There is no evidence that the combined contraceptive pill will cause you to gain weight. Your weight may fluctuate throughout your cycle due to fluid retention and other factors unrelated to the pill.
It is possible to postpone your period by taking two packets of Eloine at the same time.
A prescription for Eloine can be requested and paid for online. Because this is a prescription-only medication, you will need a prescription from a clinician before you can purchase the treatment, even if you use an online service.
To safely prescribe combined contraceptive pills, we will need to know your height, weight, and blood pressure. This can be completed during the consultation.
If you’ve already purchased your pill from us, you can request a 3, 6, or 12-month supply from your Patient Record if you’re medically qualified. If you want to change your pill, please contact us through your Patient Record.
Combined contraceptives can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can be dangerous. Before beginning any combined contraceptive, your blood pressure should be checked, and then once a year after that. If you’ve recently had your blood pressure checked, or if you’ve checked it yourself using a home blood pressure monitor, you can provide us with this information as part of your consultation.
You should be able to take Eloine in conjunction with other medications. However, it is critical that you tell us about any prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational drugs you are taking so that we can safely prescribe Eloine.
We have a variety of contraceptives available, such as NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills, and mini pills. View all of our contraception choices.
Condoms are a reliable method of contraception that also protects against STIs.
Long-acting contraceptives, such as implants, the coil, and injectable contraception, are also available from your GP or family planning clinic.