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Cilique Tablets

Cilique (63 tablets)

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Cilique Contraceptive Pill

Cilique is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill that offers women up to 99% effective protection against pregnancy. Cilique is a great option for women looking for a pill that is easy to take, reliable and reversible. 

You can buy Cilique online from The Independent Pharmacy if it's current supplied by your GP. It is quick and simple, all you need to do to get your prescription sent directly to your door is complete our health consultation for our medical team for review today. 

Cilique Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

What is the Cilique contraceptive pill?

Cilique is a form of contraception, known as a combined pill. It contains synthetic versions of both the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone called ethinylestradiol and norgestimate. 

Cilique is manufactured by Consilient Health. A box of Cilique tablets contains three strips of tablets each containing 21 tablets. Cilique should be taken each month for 21 days followed by a 7-day pill-free week where most women will experience a withdrawal bleed, like a period. The contraceptive pill is one of the leading ways of preventing pregnancy.

 

What is Cilique used for?

Like other oral contraceptive pills, Cilique is used by women to prevent pregnancy. It will not, however, prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STI). 

Cilique may also help some women with reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), regulate periods and help to lighten flow and make them less painful.

 

How does Cilique work?

A combined contraceptive pill such as Cilique works in three ways to protect you from getting pregnant:

  1. It stops the ovaries from releasing an egg each month preventing ovulation.
  2. It also thickens the cervical fluid making it more difficult for sperm to reach the egg.
  3. It alters the lining of the womb to make it harder for a fertilised egg to implant.

When Cilique is taken as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet it is up to 99% effective.

 

Cilique and acne

Cilique, like other combined contraceptive pills, may improve the condition of some women’s skin, making them less likely to get spots as the hormones can make the skin less oily. 

There are, however, some specific treatments, including contraceptive pills that are better at improving skin conditions such as acne. If you are struggling with acne you should discuss this with a doctor who will be able to advise you on the best treatment options.

If you would like more information about acne and treatments take a look at our acne advice page.

 

Alternatives - Cilique vs Cilest

Both Cilique and Cilest contain the same active ingredients, norgestimate and ethinylestradiol and contain the same quantities but are manufactured by different brands so are named differently.

Cilest was discontinued in 2018 in the UK and Cilique is now widely prescribed as an alternative contraceptive pill to Cilest. 

If you would like more information about alternative contraceptive pills or patches that are available on prescription from The Independent Pharmacy please go to our contraception page. 

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Cilique dosage

Cilique tablets can be prescribed by The Independent Pharmacy to adults over the age of 18 years. 

  • Cilique is for oral use only. 
  • Take 1 tablet, at the same time each day, for 21 days. Take your first tablet from the top row, marked with the correct day of the week and follow the directions of the arrows printed on the pack. 
  • After 21 days, have a 7-day pill-free break, where you should expect to have a bleed. 
  • Start your new pack, after your 7 days pill-free, on the same day of the week that you started your previous pack. 

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully before taking Cilique.

 

Starting Cilique

If you have not used any contraceptive with hormones in the previous month:

Start your first Cilique tablet on day 1 of your period. You are immediately protected against pregnancy. If you start any day after day 1 of your period you should use additional contraception such as a condom for the next 7 days. 

Switching from another combined hormonal contraceptive pill:

Start Cilique the day after your last pill from your previous pill packet. Do not have a 7-day pill-free break. If you start Cilique after your 7-day break you will need to use an additional barrier contraceptive such as condoms for 7 days. 

Changing from a progestogen-only pill, injection, implant or a progesterone-releasing IUD:

You may switch to Cilique on any convenient day from the progestogen-only pill, or the day of removal of an implant or an IUD and the due date of the injection. In all of these cases, you must use an additional barrier contraceptive such as condoms for 7 days. 

After having a baby:

You can start taking Cilique between 21 and 28 days after having a baby. If you start taking Cilique later than day 28 you must use an additional barrier method of contraception such as condoms for the next 7 days.

 

Cilique and missed pills

If you forget to take your daily Cilique tablet or you are sick or have diarrhoea within 3-4 hours after taking your tablet, take it as soon as you remember or when you feel better, even if this means taking 2 tablets on the same day. 

If you are more than 12 hours late taking your Cilique tablet:

  • You will not be protected from getting pregnant and should use additional barrier contraception such as a condom for 7 days.

You are at more risk of becoming pregnant if you miss multiple tablets within one packet or if the missed pill is at the start or the end of your packet. If you think you are at risk of being pregnant while taking Cilique you should speak to a doctor for advice as soon as possible. 

If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Cilique tablet:

  • You will be protected from getting pregnant. You will not need to use additional contraception. 

Cilique side effects

Some people will experience side effects when taking a combined oral contraceptive pill such as Cilique. Most people will find that their symptoms settle within the first 3 months. If you do not notice any improvement after this time or are concerned about any side effects you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice. 

If you experience any severe side effects such as yellowing skin, upper abdominal pain or convulsions or you have an allergic reaction while using Cilique you should either call 999 or attend your nearest emergency department as soon as possible. 

The most common side effects are:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Feeling or being sick or diarrhoea
  • Bleeding between periods or no bleeding
  • Mood changes 
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Acne 
  • Muscle spasms in arms and legs 
  • Painful breasts 
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal thrush and discharge 
  • Weight gain. 
  • Hair thinning or excessive hair growth 
  • Changes in appetite 
  • Change in sex drive

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully before taking Cilique for full details of reported side effects. 

Cilique Ingredients

The active substances in each Cilique tablet: 250 micrograms of norgestimate and 35 micrograms of ethinylestradiol. 

The inactive substance in each Cilique tablet: maize starch, lactose, magnesium stearate (E470b), indigo carmine (E132).

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet carefully before taking Cilique. 

Cilique warnings

Before taking Cilique please read and make sure you have understood all the warnings and precautions associated with taking combined oral contraceptives detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet. 

Cilique can make some existing conditions worse and increase your chances of certain health conditions. If you start taking Cilique you will therefore need to continue to have your health monitored at least once a year. 

  • You should not take Cilique if you have ever had a blood clot, problems with your heart or liver are at risk of having a stroke or suffer from migraines.
  • You also should not take Cilique if you have high blood pressure, have high levels of fat in your blood or have ever had breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs. 
  • You should consult with your doctor before taking Cilique if you have diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, sickle cell anaemia, HUS or SLE or if you have a disease that first appeared during pregnancy. 
  • You should tell your doctor if you have recently been taking or are currently taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication including herbal remedies such as St-John’s Wort.

 

Cilique and blood clots

The use of combined hormonal contraception, including Cilique, can enhance a woman's

risk of forming arterial and venous blood clots or venous thrombosis. 

The risk of developing blood clots increases:

  • Throughout the first year of taking a combination pill.
  • As you get older
  • If you are overweight
  • If someone in your family has suffered from blood clots
  • After you have had an operation or had an extended period of immobilisation 

Blood clots can be serious and even fatal leading to heart attacks and strokes. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of a blood clot see a doctor immediately. 

 

Cilique and cancer

Taking a combined oral contraceptive such as Cilique can very slightly increase the risk of developing breast cancer. This risk appears to reduce once you stop taking any form of contraception.

Women taking Levest must regularly check their breasts for any changes and you should contact your doctor if you are concerned.

 

Cilique in pregnancy & breastfeeding

You should not take Cilique during pregnancy and if you think you have become pregnant while taking Cilique you should speak to a doctor for guidance. 

Taking Cilique while breastfeeding is also not recommended, you should speak to a doctor or nurse for advice about your contraceptive options. 

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Contraception?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

Cilique Reviews

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Scott McDougall

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Published on: 23-11-2020

Last modified on: 23-11-2020


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

Reviewed By:

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Andy Boysan

BPharm

Reviewed on: 23-11-2020

Next review date: 23-11-2022


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.


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