Femodette

  • 99% effective in preventing pregnancy
  • Combined hormonal contraceptive pill
  • 21 Day course followed by a 7 day break
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What is Femodette?

Femodette is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill which is taken orally by women to prevent pregnancy.

You take one pill each day for 21 days followed by a 7 day break, during which time you will have a normal bleed.

Femodette is a monophasic combined pill, which means that each pill contains the same amount of hormones

When taken correctly, Femodette is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

How does Femodette work?

Femodette contains two different female sex hormones, gestodene and ethinylestradiol. These sex hormones work to prevent pregnancy in three different ways:

  • Preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg
  • Thickening the mucus in your cervix, making it much more difficult for sperm to enter the womb
  • Stopping your womb lining from thickening enough for an egg to grow in it.

Taking this medication usually means that your periods are lighter, regular and less painful. Femodette may even help with pre-menstrual symptoms in some cases.

However, it is important to remember that taking the pill will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as syphilis and chlamydia. You will still need to use a condom to ensure you are protected against STIs.

How to take Femodette

For immediate contraceptive protection, start to take Femodette on the first day of your period.

Take the tablets at the same time each day. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew them.

  1. Take one tablet at around the same time every day for 21 days.
  2. After 21 days, have a break of 7 days where you do not take any tablets. You will have a normal bleed during this break.
  3. After the 7 day break, begin to take the tablets again for another 21 days.

Refer to the patient information leaflet for comprehensive instructions.

Who can take Femodette?

Before you start using Femodette, your doctor will ask about you and your family's medical history, to ascertain if this is the most appropriate medication for you to use. They will also check your blood pressure and rule out the possibility that you may already be pregnant. Other checks may also be necessary.

Before you start taking the pill, you must inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions or if you are taking any other medication.

Do not use Femodette tablets if any of the below apply to you:

  • You have ever had a heart attack or stroke
  • You have any conditions which affect your blood clotting
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for long periods
  • You have ever had a migraine with aura
  • You have ever had breast cancer
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients contained in Femodette (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full information)
  • You have ever had a blood clot in a blood vessel in your legs, lungs or other organs
  • You have ever had liver tumours
  • You have ever had angina pectoris (which causes chest pain and may be a sign of a heart attack) or transient ischaemic attack (temporary stroke symptoms)
  • You have ever had a severe liver disease and your doctor has told you that your liver function test results have not yet returned to normal
  • You have hepatitis C and are using any medical treatment that contains ombitasvir, paritaprevir, ritonavir or dasabuvir (this may increase the liver function in blood test results)

Taking the contraceptive pill in the long term can increase your risk of cervical and breast cancer. You should attend cancer screenings regularly while taking the pill.

The pill can also cause your blood pressure to rise, so you should have your blood pressure monitored at least once a year.

Can you buy Femodette over the counter?

Femodette cannot be bought over the counter. You must have a prescription for this medication.

Can you buy Femodette online in the UK?

Femodette is a prescription-only medication. You can buy Femodette online from Medicine Direct following a confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors. You will need to complete an online questionnaire about your medial history for them to be sure it is safe for you.

If you place your order by 2pm, next day delivery is also available.

It is important to ensure that you are buying medicine online from a UK fully regulated pharmacy such as Medicine Direct. To learn more about our company, team, medical professionals, and the licenses we hold, visit our about us page.

Femodette alternatives

If you wish to try a different type of contraceptive pill, speak to your doctor before you switch.

Alternative combined pills that are also available to buy from Medicine Direct include:

  • Yasmin
  • Ovranette
  • Synphase
  • Gedarel
  • Noriday
  • Logynon

We also sell progestogen-only pills (POPs), which contain no oestrogens, such as Cerazette and Norgeston.

On the other hand, there are non-pill forms of contraception you could try, including:

  • The patch
  • The implant
  • Condoms
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • The injection

For more information on different types of contraception that may be suitable for you, we recommend visiting the Contraception Choices website.

Femodette indications and dose

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Femodette.

Always take Femodette tablets exactly as instructed by your doctor to effectively prevent pregnancy. Read the patient information leaflet for full details on how to take them and speak to your doctor if you are still unsure.

Femodette side effects

Like combined hormonal contraceptives, Femodette comes with certain side effects. However, these will not affect every woman who takes it.

Common side effects of this contraceptive pill affect between 100 and 1,000 in every 10,000 women who take it:

  • Mood swings
  • Stomach aches
  • Feeling sick
  • Sore or painful breasts
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches

Less common undesired effects can occur in between 10 and 100 in every 10,000 women who take it:

  • Migraine
  • A skin rash (this may itch)
  • Decreased libido (less interest in sex)
  • Breast enlargement
  • Fluid retention
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Rare side effects may occur in between 1 and 10 in every 1,000 users:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased libido (increased interest in sex)
  • Breast or vaginal discharge
  • Poor tolerance of contact lenses

Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

Serious Side Effects

A list of Femodette's more common side effects can be found on the main product page.

Rare side effects occur in between 1 and 10 women out of every 10,000 who take Femodette and can include:

  • Dangerous blood clots in an artery or a vein, such as in a leg, foot or lung
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • A transient ischaemic attack (mini or temporary stroke-like symptoms)
  • Blood clots in the liver, stomach/intestine, kidneys or eye

Read the patient information leaflet, which will come with your medication, for details on the symptoms of a blood clot.

Aside from the increased risk of blood clots, taking combined oral contraceptives such as Femodette may slightly increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer or cervical cancer.

Signs of breast cancer may include:

  • Dimpling of the skin
  • Unusual lumps that you can feel or see
  • Changes to your nipple

Your risk of breast cancer is higher if you have a close relative who has had breast cancer, such as a mother, grandmother or sister.

Signs of cervical cancer may include:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge that contains blood or smells

Signs of a severe liver problem may include:

  • Inflammation of the liver
  • Itching all over your body
  • Severe pain in the upper abdomen
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)

You should contact your doctor straight away if you have any of the symptoms listed above. It may be necessary for you to stop taking Femodette.

Some women have reported:

  • Chloasma (yellow brown patches on the skin). You may be able to reduce this by avoiding excessive sunlight and UV lamps.
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods. This is not uncommon during the first few months, but it usually stops once your body has got used to the medicine.
  • Conditions that may get worse during pregnancy or previous use of the contraceptive pill: jaundice, gall stones, persistent itching, Crohn's disease, cervical cancer, porphyria, blister-like rash, ulcerative colitis, certain rare conditions like systemic lupus erythematosus, chorea, otosclerosis (an inherited form of deafness), kidney or liver problems, swelling of body parts or a personal or family history of sickle cell disease.

Bleeding between periods should not last for long. Speak to your doctor if you get any breakthrough bleeding or spotting that:

  • Keeps happening even after you stop taking Femodette
  • Starts after you have been taking this pill for a while
  • Continues for longer than the first few months

Severe allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a severe allergic reaction to Femodette. You must either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you notice any of the following:

  • You are finding it hard to breathe, speak or swallow
  • You have a skin rash that may have red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeking skin
  • You have swelling in your hands, face, mouth, tongue, lips or throat
  • You are wheezing
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat

You may be having a severe allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in a hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details about side effects and how to cope with them. If you are worried about getting side effects, we advise you to talk to your doctor about your concerns, before you start to take this combined contraceptive. Inform your doctor or nurse if you have any existing medical conditions that may be exacerbated by using Femodette.

Femodette Warnings

You will require regular check-ups with your doctor or family planning nurse while using the contraceptive pill. You should also attend cervical smear tests regularly and check your breasts and nipples regularly for any changes, such as dimpling of the skin or unusual lumps.

Inform your doctor that you are taking Femodette if you need to have a blood test done. This pill can affect the results of certain blood tests. Similarly, inform your doctor if you need to have an operation and are taking this pill. You may need to stop taking it a minimum of four weeks before you have the operation. Doing so will reduce the risk of blood clots. Ask your doctor for information on when you can next take the pill after having surgery.

Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Make sure you tell your doctor if you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any other medicines, including prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements. Some medicines can interact with Femodette tablets and hinder its effectiveness.

Certain medicines can affect the blood levels of Femodette and stop it from being as effective. These include:

  • Certain sedatives known as barbiturates
  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort
  • Certain antibiotics
  • Certain medicines to treat epilepsy
  • Certain medicines to treat HIV and hepatitis C virus infections (these are known as protease inhibitors and non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors)
  • The antifungal medicine griseofulvin

For more information on medicines that interact with Femodette.

Femodette may not be suitable for you if you need to use any of the medicines listed above. Alternatively, you may be able to use Femodette but require additional contraception for a while. Your doctor will be able to advise you on your specific needs.

Driving and operating machinery

Femodette should not have any impact on your ability to drive or operate machinery. However, if you do notice any adverse reactions that impair your vision or judgement, you should not drive, cycle or operate any machines until you feel better again. If these symptoms persist, speak to your doctor about them.

Other precautions

Femodette contains lactose and sucrose. Speak to your doctor before you take this medication if you have been told that you are intolerant to some sugars.

It is very important to bear in mind that taking a combined oral contraceptive pill such as Femodette will not protect you or your sexual partner from catching and spreading sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For defence against STIs, you will still have to use a condom.

Femodette can cause mood swings and depressive moods. Some women have reported these side effects while taking this pill. Depression can be a serious condition and sometimes lead to thoughts of suicide. If you start to feel depressed, you should speak to your doctor. Seek medical attention immediately if you start to have suicidal thoughts.

Femodette can also have an effect on the results of certain blood tests. For this reason, you should inform your doctor that you are taking Femodette before you have a blood test.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on warnings and interactions. If you have any questions or concerns at all, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor before you start to take Femodette.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You must not use Femodette if you are pregnant. Talk to your doctor before taking Femodette if you think you might be pregnant.

If you think you have become pregnant while already taking this oral contraceptive, do a pregnancy test to make sure before you stop taking it.

Your doctor or family planning nurse may advise you to not take this combined contraceptive pill if you are breastfeeding. An alternative form of contraceptive may be more suitable for you.

For more information on taking Femodette oral contraceptive pills during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Femodette Ingredients

The main active ingredients within this medicine are: Ethinylestradiol and Gestodene

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

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Medically reviewed byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 02/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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