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Rigevidon Tablets

Rigevidon Tablets

Pack Size: 63 tablets
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Age: 18 years + Pregnancy: Not suitable Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Rigevidon contraceptive pills can be bought quickly and easily online from The Independent Pharmacy. Women can order repeat supplies of Rigevidon with a fast, free online consultation and receive your contraceptive pill as soon as the next day from a UK Pharmacy.

Pharmacist Tip

If you have a stomach bug and you are sick or suffer with diarrhoea within 3 hours, it may count as a missed pill and could leave you without contraceptive cover. Read your Patient Information Leaflet for further advice.

Rigevidon 150/30 tablets are a prescription-only-medicine (POM) containing two active ingredients; Ethinylestradiol and Levonorgestrel. These tablets are a combined oral contraceptive. These are more commonly referred to as ‘the pill’. Rigevidon tablets are manufactured by Gedeon Richter Plc, Hungary and distributed in The UK by Consilient Health Ltd. Each calendar-pack contains 63 tablets in three blisters of 21. Each blister is marked with the days of the week, designed to help you remember when to take your dose. Rigevidon are white coated tablets that are round with no markings.

The two active ingredients found in Rigevidon are synthetic forms of Oestrogen and Progesterone, which are sex hormones produced naturally by women. Ethinylestradiol is a synthetic version of oestrogen, while Levonorgestrel is a synthetic form of progesterone. Rigevidon is classed as a monophasic pill. Monophasic means that each tablet contains the same dose of synthetic hormone (30mcg of Ethinylestradiol and 150mcg of Levonorgestrel).

During a woman’s menstrual cycle her hormone levels will shift throughout the month. These hormonal changes are responsible for triggering key stages in this natural cycle. For example; ovulation is triggered by these hormonal shifts-this is where a ripened egg is released from the ovaries. They also cause the wombs lining (endometrium) to thicken. This is to make sure the lining is suitably hospitable to accept a fertilised egg. If at the end of the menstrual cycle no such egg has been implanted in the womb, the levels of sex hormones will drop as a result. This will cause the endometrium to shed. This is known as menstruation and is commonly referred to as a woman’s period.

Rigevidon tablets are classed as a combined oral contraceptive due to its two active ingredients. It works by over-riding a woman’s natural menstrual cycle. If taken correctly, the synthetic hormones will trick the body into thinking that ovulation has taken place. This means the ovaries will not release an egg, as the body believes this has already happened.

Rigevidon also works to thicken the mucus that’s found at the neck of the womb. By increasing the consistency of this naturally occurring substance it will reduce the amount of sperm entering the womb, as now it will be more difficult for them to penetrate the opening. Rigevidon also has the added effect of altering the consistency of the endometrium, making it less hospitable to fertilized eggs. This reduces the chances of an egg becoming implanted in the womb’s lining.

Rigevidon tablets are taken every day for three consecutive weeks. This is followed by a seven day pill-free break. If Rigevidon has been taken correctly then you will still be protected against pregnancy during this pill-free week. Your hormone levels will begin to drop during the pill-free period, resulting in a withdrawal bleed. A withdrawal bleed is similar to a woman’s natural period. A fresh packet of Rigevidon should be started as soon as the seven pill-free days are up, even if you are still experiencing your withdrawal bleed.

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for side effects and additional information.

Pharmacist Tip: Rigevidon should be taken regularly at roughly the same time every day with a 7-day pill-free break after each pack. If you miss one pill anywhere in your pack, take it as soon as you remember even if it means taking two pills in a day. You should continue taking your pills as normal and you will not need additional contraception. If you miss more than one pill you will lose your contraceptive cover and extra contraception will be required for at least 7 days.

  • Start your packet of Rigevidon with the first pill marked with the correct day of the week.
  • Continue taking one pill at the same time each day, working your way around the pack until it is finished.
  • You should then have a 7-day break when you will have your period.
  • You should then start your new pack of pills on the 8th day (this will be the same day that you started your last new pack).

Missed Pill Advice

According to NHS Choices; if you have missed one pill, anywhere in the pack: 

  • take the last pill you missed now, even if it means taking two pills in one day
  • continue taking the rest of the pack as usual
  • you don’t need to use additional contraception, such as condoms
  • take your seven day pill-free break as normal

However, if you have missed two or more pills (you are taking your pill more than 48 hours late) anywhere in the pack:

  • take the last pill you missed now, even if it means taking two pills in one day
  • leave any earlier missed pills
  • continue taking the rest of the pack as usual and use an extra method of contraception for the next seven days
  • you may need emergency contraception
  • you may need to start the next pack of pills without a break

The active substances in Rigevidon are ethinylestradiol and levonorgestrel. One coated tablet contains 30 micrograms ethinylestradiol and 150 micrograms levonorgestrel.
The other ingredients are: 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.

If you do experience side effects from Rigevidon they may include headaches, nausea, sickness, breast tenderness, and mood swings. These should normally only last for the first few months if they are experienced. If they last longer than this please consult your doctor.

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0117 971 1603. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

Tell your doctor or call an ambulance immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction after taking Rigevidon. Although they are rare, the symptoms can be severe and you may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

  • Sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, fever, sudden swellings, rash or itching (especially affecting the whole body).

Stop taking Rigevidon and contact your doctor straight away if you notice any of the following serious side effects. These may be signs of thrombosis (a blood clot):

  • You are coughing up blood.
  • You have swelling or tenderness in your stomach.
  • You have a sudden sharp or severe pain in your chest.
  • You suddenly become short of breath or find breathing is painful.
  • You have painful or inflamed veins in your legs.
  • You have a first attack of migraine (a bad headache with sickness).
  • You have migraines which get worse, especially if your sight is affected, you see flashing lights, your limbs feel weak, you lose the sensation or feel a different sensation in your limbs, or you have a fit.
  • You have sudden and unusual severe headaches.
  • You experience dizziness or you faint.
  • You develop a problem with your sight or speech.

The contraceptive pill should not cause a harmful interaction with any of your other current medicines.  Some medicines can reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill including some antibiotics; see below for a full list of interacting medicines. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your pill for a full list of medicines that may affect Rigevidon.

Taking your pill whilst suffering with sickness and/or diarrhoea

Rigevison may not work if you have a stomach upset or you are sick, or if you have severe diarrhoea. You should carry on taking the tablets as normal, but use a condom while you are ill and for the next seven days. If these seven days run beyond the end of the blister strip, start the next pack without a break.

Medical check-ups while taking Rigevidon

It is important to get regular check-ups from your GP or practice nurse whilst you are taking Rigevidon. Your blood pressure will be checked before you start Rigevidon and then at regular intervals whilst you are on Rigevidon. You may be required to have an examination of your breasts, abdomen and pelvis including taking a cervical smear test at regular intervals, if this is considered necessary by the doctor. We are unable to provide supplies of contraceptive pills if the regular check-ups are not up to date.

Medicines that reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill

The following medicines may stop Rigevidon from working properly (the condition they treat being shown in brackets):

  • The herbal remedy St John’s wort – Latin name Hypericum perforatum (depression)
  • Carbamazepine (epilepsy)
  • Oxacarbazepine (epilepsy)
  • Phenytoin (epilepsy)
  • Phenobarbital (sleeplessness, anxiety, epilepsy)
  • Primidone (epilepsy)
  • Topiramate (epilepsy)
  • Nelfinavir (HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus - infection)
  • Nevirapine (HIV infection and AIDS)
  • Ritonavir (HIV infection and AIDS)
  • Rifabutin (bacterial infection)
  • Rifampicin (bacterial infection)
  • Griseofulvin (fungal infection)
  • Modafinil (narcolepsy i.e. daytime sleepiness)

Taking the contraceptive pill may cause small increases in the likliness of some medical conditions such as blood clots, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and liver cancer. Your GP should have discussed these with you before you started taking Rigevidon. The risk depends on the length of time you take Rigevidon, other medicines you take and your current state of health.

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