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What is Rigevidon?

Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill that is taken by women to prevent pregnancy.

When used correctly, it is more than 99% effective at preventing women from getting pregnant.

It contains two active ingredients, the female hormones levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol. Rigevidon is known as a monophasic combined pill, which means that each pill contains the same dose of these hormones.

How does Rigevidon work?

Rigevidon contains ethinylestradiol, which is an oestrogen, and levonorgestrel, which is a progestogen. These hormones work to prevent pregnancy in three different ways:

  • They stop an egg from being released from the ovary each month.
  • They thicken the fluid in your cervix, which makes it much harder for sperm to reach an egg.
  • They alter the lining of the womb, which makes it harder for a fertilised egg to grow there.

Please remember, this method of contraception will only work to prevent pregnancy. Rigevidon will not protect you from catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as AIDS or chlamydia. You will still need to use a condom for this kind of protection.

How to take Rigevidon

To effectively prevent pregnancy, you must be consistent in taking Rigevidon. Always take these tablets exactly exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if you are not sure.

Take Rigevidon at the same time each day.

Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water.

Each pill is marked with a day of the week. Begin taking the tablets on the correct day of the week, then continue along the strip.

  1. Take one tablet each day for 21 days.
  2. After you have taken all 21 tablets in the strip, you will have a 7-day break where you will not take any tablets. You will have a bleed similar to a period during this break.
  3. After the 7-day break, start the next strip of tablets immediately.

After your 7-day break, immediately begin taking the next strip of pills for another 21 days. As long as you have taken Rigevidon correctly, you will not need to use a condom during the 7 days you do not take any pills.

Who can take Rigevidon?

When you start taking Rigevidon, your doctor will wish to see you for regular check-ups.

Do not take Rigevidon if any of the following applies to you:

  • You are allergic to levonorgestrel, ethinylestradiol or any of the other ingredients contained in this pill (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • You have or have ever had a blood clot in a blood vessel in the leg, lung or other organs
  • You have very high blood pressure
  • You have ever had a stroke or heart attack
  • You have diabetes that affects your blood vessels
  • You have any medical condition that puts you at a higher risk of a heart attack
  • You are currently pregnant or think you might be pregnant
  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • You have ever suffered migraine with visual disturbances, abnormal touch sensation, or movement
  • You have ever had liver disease or liver tumours
  • You have breast cancer or any other type of cancer
  • You have or have ever had any eye disorders
  • You have heart disease or fluctuations in your heart's rhythm

Talk to your doctor before you begin taking Rigevidon if:

  • You have sickle cell anaemia
  • You have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • You have very high blood pressure
  • You have any rare blood disorders or a disorder of blood fat metabolism
  • You have depression
  • You have porphyria
  • You are diabetic
  • You get migraines
  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • You have chloasma
  • You have otosclerosis
  • You have the blood disorder haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • You have pruritus
  • You have herpes gestationis
  • You have liver and/or gallbladder disease
  • You have varicose veins or inflammation of the veins under the skin
  • You have Sydenham’s chorea

You should also tell them if you are obese or are a smoker.

Can I buy Rigevidon over the counter?

Rigevidon is a prescription-only medicine (POM). It cannot be bought over the counter and must be prescribed by a doctor.

Can I buy Rigevidon online?

You need a prescription to order Rigevidon tablets. You can buy Rigevidon online from Medicine Direct by completing an online consultation with a registered doctor or pharmacist. Just fill out a simple and confidential questionnaire and your answers will be reviewed by a medical professional.

We offer next day delivery on all orders placed by 2pm.

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.

Alternatives to Rigevidon

There are many different contraceptive pills available to buy from Medicine Direct if Rigevidon tablets are not suitable.

Alternative pills include:

  • Microgynon
  • Cerazette
  • Dianette
  • Desogestrel
  • Mercilon
  • Norgeston

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about an alternative for Rigevidon if you wish to try a different form of contraceptive pill.

If you wish to try a new form of contraception altogether, you can speak to your doctor about trying one of the following:

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

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

How to store Rigevidon

Store this medication out of the sight and reach of children.

Rigevidon does not require any special storage conditions, but you must not use it after the expiry date, which can be found on the packet. The expiry date refers to the last day of the stated month.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Rigevidon can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them.

The most commonly reported side effects are found in more than 1 in 10 women who take this pill:

  • Tender breasts
  • Headache
  • Weight gain
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Nausea

Common side effects can occur in up to 1 in 10 women and include:

  • Excitability
  • Acne
  • Depression
  • Nervous
  • Eye irritation while wearing contact lenses
  • Sight disturbances
  • Migraines
  • Fluid retention
  • Weight gain
  • Increased or decreased sex drive
  • Reduced bleeding or no bleeding at all

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

This list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for information on rarer and more serious reactions associated with Rigevidon. Full details can be found in the patient information leaflet, which will come with your pills.

Rigevidon Dosage

How to take Rigevidon

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Rigevidion.

When to start taking Rigevidon

If you did not use another oral contraceptive in your previous menstrual cycle, begin taking Rigevidon on the first day of your period. This will give you contraceptive protection straight away and you will not need to use an extra method of contraception.

You can also start to take Rigevidon between the second and fifth day of your menstrual cycle. However, if you do this you will need to use an extra method of contraception, such as a condom, for the first seven days.

What should I do if I miss taking Rigevidon?

If you are less than 12 hours late in taking a pill, take the missed pill as soon as you remember, then keep taking the pill at the usual time. This may mean taking two pills in the same day.

If you are later than 12 hours in taking the pill, your level of contraceptive protection may be reduced. Because of this, you should use a condom for the next seven days. The more pills you forget to take, the more your protection is lessened.

If you have missed more than one pill, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice on what to do. Read the patient information leaflet for full guidance on what you should do if you miss a pill.

If you take more than you were supposed to

An extra dose of Rigevidon is unlikely to do you any harm, although you may feel or be sick, or have vaginal bleeding. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you suffer from any of these reactions.

If you vomit or have diarrhoea

If you are sick or suffer from diarrhoea within four hours of taking the pill, your body may not have had time to absorb the medication required to give you complete protection against pregnancy.

Follow the instructions on what to do if you miss a pill if you have diarrhoea or vomit. If you do suffer from vomiting or diarrhoea, you must use a condom for the duration of your illness and for the seven days after your recovery.

Rigevidon Side Effects

Uncommon and rare side effects of Rigevidon tablets can include the following:

  • Chloasma
  • Vomiting
  • Chorea
  • Vaginal thrush or changes in vaginal secretions
  • Enhanced levels of fat in the blood
  • Hearing impairment
  • High blood pressure
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Impaired hearing
  • Gallstones
  • Breast cancer
  • Inflammation of the pancreas
  • Skin disorders
  • Blood clot

Seek medical attention if you suffer from any of these reactions.

If you get any of the below side effects, stop taking Rigevidon and speak to your doctor immediately. These may be symptoms of a blood clot:

  • Difficulty moving around
  • Slurred speech or trouble speaking
  • Sudden visual problems, such as loss of vision or blurred vision
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Unusual pain or swelling in your legs
  • Sudden weakness or numbness in any part of your body or on one side
  • Bloody spittle or breathing difficulties
  • Dizziness, fits or fainting
  • Sharp pains in the chest that may travel to your left arm
  • A headache or migraine that lasts for a long time or is unusually severe

If you can feel a lump in your breast, tell your doctor right away; this could be a symptom of breast cancer.

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction to Rigevidon. Call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you get any of the following symptoms:

  • You are finding it hard to breathe or speak
  • Your face, throat, mouth, tongue or lips start swelling
  • You develop a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • Your chest or throat feels tight
  • You are wheezing

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

Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effects. If you are worried about side effects or have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Rigevidon Warnings

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are already taking any other medicine before you start using Rigevidon. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, supplements and vitamins.

The following medicines may stop Rigevidon from working properly, so it is imperative that your doctor or pharmacist is aware if you are taking any of the following:

  • Any antibiotics
  • Ritonavir (for HIV)
  • Rifampicin (for tuberculosis)
  • Griseofulvin (for fungal infections)
  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort
  • Primidone, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, topiramate, phenytoin, hydantoins, barbiturates (for epilepsy and other conditions)

Rigevidon may also stop the following medicines from working properly:

  • Lamotrigine (for epilepsy)
  • Medicines to supress tissue rejection after transplant surgery

For more information on medicines that interact with Rigevidon.

The pill and cancer

Women who take the contraceptive pill may be at a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to women who do not take it. The risk increases the longer you take the pill, but will go back to normal within around 10 years of stopping.

This increased risk has not been proven; it may be that women who take the contraceptive pill merely have their cancer detected sooner because they need to visit their doctor more often than women who aren't using the pill.

You are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer if any of the below apply to you:

  • A close relative has ever had breast cancer
  • You are seriously overweight

Whether you are using a contraceptive pill or not, it is important that all women regularly check their breasts for any irregularities. If you notice any lumps, dimpling of the skin or changes in the nipple, get it checked by a doctor straight away.

The pill and thrombosis

Taking the pill slightly increases your chance of suffering from blood clots.

Venous thrombosis

Using any combined oral contraceptive puts women at an increased risk of a blood clot in vessels (venous thrombosis).

Your chances of developing blood clots are increased if:

  • You are older than 35
  • You are overweight
  • One of your close relatives suffered with a blood clot in the leg, lung or other organ at a young age
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for an extended period after an accident or injury

Arterial thrombosis

Using the combined pill has also been lined to an increased risk of arterial thrombosis, which is when an artery is blocked. Blocked blood vessels in the heart can cause a heart attack, a blocked blood vessel in the brain can cause a stroke.

This risk is increased if:

  • You smoke (especially if you are over 35)
  • You suffer from migraines
  • You have any heart problems
  • You have high levels of fat in your blood
  • You have high blood pressure

Driving and using machines

Rigevidon will not have a direct affect on your ability to drive or use machines. However, if you suffer any adverse effects that impair your ability to see, hear or think clearly (such as movement problems, dizziness, fainting or blurred vision), you must not drive, operate machinery or ride a bike until you feel better.

If these symptoms do not go away, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Info leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet, which will accompany your medication, for a comprehensive list of warnings, precautions and drug interactions you should be aware of while taking Rigevidon. If you have any questions or concerns about using this combined pill, please do not hesitate to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about them.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take this contraceptive pill if you are already pregnant or currently breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are breastfeeding and require a contraceptive.

If you think you have become pregnant, stop taking this medicine and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

For more information on oral contraceptives during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Rigevidon Ingredients

Rigevidon contains the active ingredients ethinyloestradiol (30mcg) and levonorgestrel (150mcg).

Each pill also contains the following inactive substances: Colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate, talc, maize starch, lactose monohydrate (33 mg), sucrose, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide (E171), copovidone, macrogol 6000 and povidone carmellose sodium

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Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 25/06/2021

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

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