Before taking eloine it is important that you carefully read the following warnings in order to make sure it is the right contraception for you.
Eloine should not be taken if you:
- Currently or have ever had deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in your leg)
- Have ever had a blood clot in your lungs or other organs
- Suffer from a blood clotting disorder
- Have just had an operation
- Have ever suffered from a heart attack or a stroke
- Have ever had angina pectoris or a transient ischaemic attack
Taking eloine can increase the risk of your arteries clotting if you are currently suffering from any of the following diseases:
- Blood vessel damage associated with severe diabetes
- Very high blood pressure
- High levels of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides)
- Migraine with aura
- Liver disease or a liver that is not functioning normally
- Tumours in the liver
- Renal failure (chronic kidney disease)
- If you have or have ever had breast or genital cancer
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
Eloine should not be taken if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed above.
Before taking eloine you should consult with your doctor if:
- One of your relatives has ever had breast cancer
- You have ever had liver or gallbladder disease
- You have diabetes
- You have depression
- You have Crohn’s disease
- You have ulcerative colitis
- You have systemic lupus erythematosus
- You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome
- You have sickle cell anaemia
- You have high levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a history of this condition in the family
- You need an operation
- You have just given birth
- You have varicose veins
- You have epilepsy
- You have had any disease related to sex hormones
If you have ever suffered from pregnancy patches, also known as chloasma, then you should avoid any direct exposure to UV rays.
Taking eloine will increase your risk of developing blood clots relative to not using it at all. Combined hormonal pills have also been linked with increased risk of blood clots; however this is a rare occurrence. If these side effects do occur, it will usually be in the first year of taking the pill.
If you develop a blood clot and it travels to your leg or foot it can cause deep vein thrombosis. If the blood clot then travels to the lungs it can cause a pulmonary embolism.
It is possible that a blood clot can form in veins within other organs, such as in retinal vein thrombosis, although this is incredibly rare.
A few weeks after you have finished taking eloine, your chance of blood clotting will return to its previous levels.
You risk of blood clotting is higher if:
- You are overweight
- Someone in your family has had a blood clot at a relatively young age (under 50)
- You need to have a surgical operation
- You have been off your feet for a long time (inactivity)
- Your leg is in a cast
- You are over the age of 35
- Recently gave birth (within the last month)
These conditions have a cumulative effect on your blood clotting chance, meaning that the more you have, the higher your risk will be.
If you are travelling on a plane for more than four hours your risk of blood clotting will temporarily increase.
If any of the above conditions apply to you, or if you have any concerns, then speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
The chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke from taking eloine tablets is very small, although it will increase if:
- You are over 35
- You smoke
- You are overweight
- Someone in your family has suffered from a heart attack or stroke at a relatively young age (under 50)
- Someone in your family has high cholesterol or triglycerides
- You suffer from migraines
- You have a problem with your heart
- You have diabetes
You should tell your doctor if any of these conditions change any time after you begin taking eloine.
For women using the combined pill, the chance of breast cancer slightly increases. However, it is not known whether this is caused by the treatment or simply because women on the pill are more likely to visit the doctor and receive a checkup. You should check your breasts for lumps regularly and speak to your doctor if you notice anything unusual.
It is possible to experience bleeding outside of the placebo days. If this happens for more than three months, or if it starts after you have been taking eloine for more than three months, speak to your doctor.
It is possible that no bleeding will occur during the placebo days. If this happens, and you are sure that you have taken all of your pills correctly, then it is incredibly unlikely that you will become pregnant.
If you do not bleed for two months in a row then it is possible that you are pregnant. Contact your doctor straight away and only begin to take the next course of pills if you know that you aren’t pregnant.
Some medications can make eloine less effective and cause unexpected bleeding, these include:
- Epilepsy medication (primidone, phenytoin, barbituates, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine)
- Tuberculosis medication (rifampicin)
- Medication for HIV or hepatitis C (protease inhibitors and non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
- Treatment for fungal infections such as griseofulvin and ketoconazole
- Arthritis and arthrosis medication (etoricoxib)
- High blood pressure medication
Eloine tablets contain the sugar lactose and should not be taken by those with any intolerance.