Lucette®

If you are changing from another brand of contraceptive or you are starting to use an oral contraceptive for the first time you will understandably have questions and even concerns. How do I take it? Will it work effectively? Will I experience side effects? All these questions and many more are answered here. For further information please consult the Lucette® Patient Information leaflet PIL.

Lucette®

What is Lucette®?

This is a contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. Each tablet contains a small amount of two different hormones; ethinylestradiol and drospirenone. Contraceptive pills that contain two hormones are called "combined oral contraceptive pills".

How does this pill work?

Your contraceptive pill acts in various ways to prevent pregnancy; most importantly it works to prevent egg release. It also causes changes to the lining of your womb.

If you want to learn more details about how your pill works, please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Why was I given this pill?

If you want to find out more about why this specific pill was chosen as your contraceptive method, please talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. They will be able to explain in greater detail why it has been selected.

To find out more details about taking your pill, please click here to see the patient information leaflet. This contains lots of useful detailed information about taking your pill, possible side effects and what to do if you miss a pill.

General Information

Taken correctly, the pill is an effective, reversible form of contraception. But, in certain circumstances, the pill’s effectiveness may be reduced, or you may have to stop taking it.

In these cases, either do not have sex, or use a barrier method of contraception e.g. condoms.

Remember, that combined oral contraceptive pills will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases (such as AIDS). Only condoms can help to do this.

How to take Lucette®

Always take your pill exactly as your doctor, nurse of pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure. Each pack contains 3 calendar strips of 21 film-coated tablets. The calendar strip has been designed to help you remember to take your tablets. One tablet is to be taken daily for 21 consecutive days. The next pack is started after a 7-day tablet-free interval, during which time bleeding usually occurs.

You should try to take your pill at about the same time each day. You may find it easiest to take it either last thing at night or first thing in the morning.

Swallow each pill whole, with a little liquid if necessary.

To find out more details about taking your pill, please click here to see the Patient Information Leaflet. This contains lots of useful, detailed information all about taking your pill, including possible side effects and what to do if you miss a pill.

What is Lucette?®

This is a combined oral contraceptive pill that contains 0.03mg ethinylestradiol (an oestrogen) and 3mg drospirenone (a progesterone) which work together to prevent egg release.

I was previously on Yasmin® and have now been changed to Lucette® - what is the difference?

These pills contain exactly the same active ingredients in the same quantities, but they are made by different manufacturers and therefore have different names.

Lucette contains soya oil. If you are allergic to peanuts or soya you should not use this product.

I am allergic to peanuts/soya. Is Lucette® suitable for me?

Lucette® contains soya oil. If you are allergic to peanuts or soya you should not use this product.

Will I notice any change when I move to Lucette®

As this contraceptive pill contains exactly the same active ingredients as Yasmin® you should notice no difference when changing pills. If taken correctly, as described in the Patient Information Leaflet, this pill is an effective, reversible form of contraception.

When should I take my contraceptive pill?

If you have not taken any other contraceptive pills in the last month take the first dose on the first day of your normal menstrual cycle and at the same time every day until the end of the blister strip, then wait 7 days before starting the next strip.

If you are changing from another contraceptive pill, vaginal ring, patch, injection, implant or intrauterine device, or are starting this contraceptive pill after childbirth, a miscarriage or abortion see the Patient Information Leaflet for advice.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a pill, take it as soon as you remember even if it means taking two pills at the same time. If the missed pill is less than 12 hours late, your contraceptive protection should not be affected and additional contraception should be unnecessary. If the missed pill is more than 12 hours late, or more than one pill in a pack is late, contraceptive cover may be reduced and use of a condom may be advised. Click here to see the Patient Information Leaflet for full details and advice . If you miss more than one pill ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.

What happens if I have a stomach upset?

If you have been sick within 3-4 hours after taking your pill or you have severe diarrhoea, your body may not get its usual dose of hormones from that pill. After vomiting or diarrhoea, take another pill from a reserve strip as soon as possible. If possible take it within 12 hours of when you normally take your pill. If that is not possible or 12 hours or more have passed, you should follow the advice given for missing a pill.

What side effects may I experience?

Like all medicines Lucette® may cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Common side effects include depressive mood, headache, migraine, nausea, breast pain, tenderness, menstrual disorders, bleeding between periods, thick whitish vaginal discharge and vaginal yeast infection.

Am I at risk of developing breast cancer?

Breast cancer has been observed slightly more often in women using combined oral contraceptive pills, but it is not known whether this is caused by the treatment. For example, it may be that more tumours are detected in women on combined oral contraceptive pills because they are examined by their doctors more often.

The risk of breast cancer gradually reduces after stopping combined oral contraceptives.

For further information please consult the Patient Information Leaflet in your pill packet or click here.

Am I likely to develop a blood clot?

The use of any combined oral contraceptive pill increases your risk of developing a blood clot compared with women who do not take any contraceptive pill. This can be in a vein or in an artery. To find out more about the risk of thrombosis associated with your pill read the Patient Information Leaflet. Your doctor will have checked that you are suitable for your pill before prescribing it, but if you notice any of the signs below, stop taking your pill and contact your doctor immediately.

  • Severe pain and/or swelling in one of your legs
  • Sudden severe pain in the chest which may reach the left arm
  • Sudden breathlessness
  • Sudden cough without an obvious cause
  • Any unusual, severe or long-lasting headache or worsening of migraine
  • Partial or complete blindness or double vision
  • Difficulty in speaking or inability to speak
  • Giddiness or fainting
  • Weakness, strange feeling or numbness in any part of the body
  • Severe pain in your tummy (abdomen)

Are there any medicines I shouldn’t take whilst I am on oral contraceptives?

Some medicines may stop your pill from working properly and mean that you need to take extra contraceptive precautions. These include antibiotics, St John’s Wort and medicines to treat epilepsy, tuberculosis, HIV and fungal infections.

Your pill may also stop other medicines from working properly such as ciclosporin, (an immunosuppressant) and lamotrigine (to treat epilepsy).

Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will advise you if you are unsure about taking other medicines in combination with your pill.

What if this pill does not suit me?

There are lots of other alternative brands all varying in active ingredients and/or dose which may be more suited to you. Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.

Am I protected from pregnancy straight away?

Starting your pill on the first day of your period You are immediately protected against pregnancy
Starting your pill 2-5 days after your period starts You must use extra protective measures e.g. condoms for the first seven days
Starting your pill after changing from another form of contraception Read the Patient Information leaflet or check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist
Starting your pill after childbirth, a miscarriage or abortion Read the Patient Information leaflet or check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist

Starting Lucette®

To find out more about taking your pill, please click here to see the Patient Information Leaflet. This contains lots of useful, detailed information about taking your pill, possible side effects and what to do if you miss a pill.

If you have any concerns, or are worried about anything to do with your contraceptive pill, you should speak with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

What should I do if I forget to take my pill?

If you miss a pill, take it as soon as you remember even if it means taking two pills at the same time. If the missed pill is less than 12 hours late, your contraceptive protection should not be affected and additional contraception should be unnecessary. If the missed pill is more than 12 hours late, or more than one pill in a pack is late, contraceptive cover may be reduced and use of a condom may be advised. Click here to see the Patient Information Leaflet for full details and advice . If you miss more than one pill ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.