Millinette Pill

  • 99% effective when taken properly
  • Monophasic combined pill
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What is Millinette?

Millinette is an oral contraceptive pill that contains two active ingredients, gestodene and ethinylestradiol, which are synthetic female sex hormones.

Millinette is a monophasic combined pill; this means that each pill in the pack contains the same dose of gestodene and ethinylestradiol.

What is Millinette used to treat?

These tablets work to prevent women from becoming pregnant. When taken correctly, they are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

If you start to take this pill during the first five days of your menstrual cycle, you will be protected against pregnancy immediately.

How does Millinette work?

Millinette prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. This contraceptive pill also thickens the fluid in the cervix, making it much harder for sperm to reach the uterus.

Additionally, Millinette stops the lining of the womb from thickening enough for any fertilised egg to be implanted in the womb. This will also make periods lighter than usual.

It is important to bear in mind that Millinette will only provide protection against getting pregnant. To avoid catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI) like gonorrhoea or chlamydia, you will still need to use a condom.

How to take Millinette

Start taking Millinette on the first day of your period.

Take one Millinette tablet each day. Take the tablet around the same time every day.

Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.

  1. Take one tablet every day for 21 days.
  2. After you have taken all 21 tablets in the strip, you will have a 7-day break where you take no tablets. You will have a normal withdrawal bleed during this time.
  3. After this break of 7 days, start the next strip of tablets immediately.

Who can take Millinette?

Do not take Millinette without talking to your doctor if:

  • You have ever had a heart attack or a stroke
  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • You have or have ever had blood clots
  • You have angina pectoris
  • You have an impaired liver function
  • You suffer from severe migraines
  • You have any blood clotting disorders
  • You have, have ever had, or have a family history of cancer of the cervix, breast, ovary or uterus
  • You have severe diabetes
  • You have high levels of fat in the blood
  • You are allergic to this or any other medicines
  • You have an eye disorder that is the result of circulatory problems
  • You have very high blood pressure
  • You suffer from any other illness not listed here

Read the patient information leaflet for a complete list of reasons why Millinette may not be suitable for you to take.

Can you buy Millinette over the counter?

No, Millinette is a prescription only medicine. To buy Millinette you must have a prescription from a doctor.

Can you buy Millinette online in the UK?

You can buy Millinette online from Medicine Direct if you have been prescribed it by a doctor. For one of our registered prescribers to issue you with a repeat prescription, you will need to complete our confidential online questionnaire; this will make sure Millinette is suitable for you.

If you order from our online pharmacy by 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery.

Never buy any medication online unless it is from a fully registered UK pharmacy, like Medicine Direct. We are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council, ensuring we sell nothing but genuine and approved medication.

Millinette alternatives

Various alternative forms of contraception are available to use if Millinette is not a suitable medication for you to take.

If your doctor or pharmacist finds that Millinette is not a safe option for you, alternative contraception methods include:

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

Alternative combined pills include:

  • Yasmin
  • Ovranette
  • Synphase
  • Microgynon
  • Logynon

Speak to your doctor if you wish to try a different form of contraceptive pill.

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

Millinette side effects

Like any medication, Millinette can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.

The common side effects associated with taking this medication include:

  • Migraine
  • Nausea
  • Mood changes
  • Headache
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Breast pain
  • A vaginal thrush infection
  • Changes to your period

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

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for a list of rarer and more serious reactions.

Millinette Pill Dosage and Directions

How to take Millinette

Our pharamcists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Millinette Pills

Always take Millinette tablets exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist to properly prevent pregnancy. Read the patient information leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist for further instruction if you are still not sure.

What should I do if I miss the pill?

If your forget to take a pill, take it as soon as you remember. This may require you to take two pills in the same day.

If you only miss one day, you should still have contraceptive protection. However, if you have missed more than one day, you should use an extra method of contraception, such as a condom, for the next seven days.

For Millinette tablets to be most effective at preventing pregnancy, it is vital that you take the pill each day. For effective contraceptive protection, and to help you to remember to take the pill, take it at the same time every day. Some people find it useful to set an alarm as a reminder.

Side Effects

A list of the most common side effects of Millinette can be found on the main product page.

Uncommon side effects of Millinette include the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Acne
  • Changes in libido
  • Hair loss
  • Fluid retention
  • Breast enlargement
  • Changes in blood pressure

Rare side effects of Millinette may include:

  • Nipple discharge
  • Asthma
  • Blood clots
  • Hearing problems
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Changes to the skin

Speak to your doctor if you suffer any of these side effects.

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible to have a serious allergic reaction to Millinette.

Call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you notice any of the below symptoms:

  • You are wheezing
  • You have swelling in your tongue, lips, mouth, throat or face
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • Your get a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin


You could be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of adverse effects and information how to deal with them. If you are worried about side effects or have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start using the contraceptive pill.

Millinette Pill Warnings

This medication is more than 99% effective at stopping a woman from becoming pregnant. It will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You will still need to use a condom for this protection. If you think you may have caught an STI, please speak to your doctor.

Safety: taking other medicines

Before you start taking Millinette tablets, you must tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are already taking any other medicine. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

In particular, please ensure you inform them if you are taking any of the below medicines:

  • Barbiturates
  • Griseofulvin
  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort
  • Medicines to treat epilepsy
  • Medicines to treat the HIV and Hepatitis C infections
  • Certain antibiotics

Before use, always check if you are taking any medicines that interact with Millinette.

Risk of a blood clot

You may be at a greater risk of developing a blood clot while taking Millinette, particularly during the first year of taking this contraceptive pill.

Make sure you tell your doctor if you are using Millinette if you need to have an operation or are off your feet for long periods of time.

Your risk of blood clots may be increased if any of the below apply to you:

  • You smoke
  • You are obese
  • You do not get enough exercise
  • You have a family history of blood clots
  • You have recently given birth
  • You have had a miscarriage in the past
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for a long time

Risk of cancer

If you are suffering from breast cancer, or have had it before, Millinette is not suitable for you. Long-term use of a hormonal contraceptive such as this one may bring about a slight increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. However, this may be due to women who use the contraceptive pill needing to see a doctor more regularly; therefore breast cancer is detected in them earlier than in women who do not take the pill and do not need such regular checks.

The risk does not increase the longer you take Millinette. Once you have stopped using the pill for at least 10 years, the risk will decrease to a normal level once again. If a woman is overweight and/or elderly, she is more susceptible to breast cancer.

Whether you are taking a contraceptive pill or not, it is very important that all women regularly check their breasts and nipples for any irregularities. If you notice anything different, or are experiencing any pain, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on warnings and drug interactions. If you have any concerns or questions, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking the pill.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take this contraceptive pill if you are pregnant.

If you think you have become pregnant while using Millinette, take a pregnancy test to make sure before you stop taking this pill. If you have become pregnant, speak to your doctor immediately.

Your doctor or pharmacist may recommend an alternative form of contraception for you to use if you are breastfeeding.

Make sure they are aware if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding or think you might be pregnant.

For more information on oral contraceptives during pregnacy and breastfeeding.

Millinette Pill Ingredients

Millinette contains two active ingredients: ethinylestradiol and gestodene.

These tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: Sodium calcium edetate, magnesium stearate, silica colloidal anhydrous povidone K-30, maize starch, lactose monohydrate, quinolone yellow (E104), povidone K-90, titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 6000, calcium carbonate (E170), sucrose and talc.

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 23/06/2021

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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