Initiation

AZALIA® – Bioequivalent to CERAZETTE®

75μg desogestrel

Changing From…Start taking AZALIA®1
No current hormonal contraceptionOn the first day of menstrual bleeding
Or days 2-5 of the cycle with barrier method for 7 days
Combined oral contraceptionOn the day after the last active tablet
Or last day of pill free week with barrier method for 7 days
Progestogen-only pillOn any day without taking a break
Progestogen-only injectionNo later than 12 weeks after last injection
Other progestogen-only methods (e.g. implant, intrauterine system)On the day of removal
Following delivery*Any day between 21-28 days after delivery
If starting later, use a barrier method for 7 days

*AZALIA® is suitable for use in breast feeding women¹

CILIQUE® – Bioequivalent to CILEST®

35 mcg ethinylestradiol & 250 mcg norgestimate

Changing From…Start taking CILIQUE®2
No current hormonal contraceptionOn the first day of menstrual bleeding
Or days 2-5 of the cycle with barrier method for 7 days
Combined oral contraceptionOn the day after the last active tablet
Or at the latest the last day of pill free week
Progestogen-only pillOn any day with barrier method for 7 days
Progestogen-only injectionNo later than 12 weeks after last injection with barrier method for 7 days
Other progestogen-only methods (e.g. implant, intrauterine system)On the day of removal with barrier method for 7 days
Following deliveryAny day between 21-28 days after delivery in non-lactating women*
If starting later, use a barrier method for 7 days

*CILIQUE is not recommended in breast feeding women 2

ELVINA® – Bioequivalent to YASMIN®

0.03mg ethinylestradiol & 3mg drospirenone

Changing From…Start taking ELVINA®3
No current hormonal contraceptionOn the first day of menstrual bleeding
Or days 2-5 of the cycle with barrier method for 7 days
Combined oral contraceptionOn the day after the last active tablet
Or at the latest the last day of pill free week
Progestogen-only pillOn any day with barrier method for 7 days
Progestogen-only injectionNo later than 12 weeks after last injection with barrier method for 7 days
Other progestogen-only methods (e.g. implant, intrauterine system)On the day of removal with barrier method for 7 days
Following delivery*Any day between 21-28 days after delivery
If starting later, use a barrier method for 7 days

*ELVINA® is not recommended in breast feeding women3

ELVINETTE® – Bioequivalent to YASMINELLE®

0.02mg ethinylestradiol & 3mg drospirenone

Changing From…Start taking ELVINETTE®4
No current hormonal contraceptionOn the first day of menstrual bleeding
Or days 2-5 of the cycle with barrier method for 7 days
Combined oral contraceptionOn the day after the last active tablet
Or at the latest the last day of pill free week
Progestogen-only pillOn any day with barrier method for 7 days
Progestogen-only injectionNo later than 12 weeks after last injection with barrier method for 7 days
Other progestogen-only methods (e.g. implant, intrauterine system)On the day of removal with barrier method for 7 days
Following delivery*Any day between 21-28 days after delivery
If starting later, use a barrier method for 7 days

*ELVINETTE® is not recommended in breast feeding women4

OVREENA® – Bioequivalent to OVRANETTE®

30mcg ethinylestradiol​ & 150mcg levonorgestrel

Changing From…Start taking OVREENA®5
No current hormonal contraceptionOn the first day of menstrual bleeding
Or days 2-5 of the cycle with barrier method for 7 days
Combined oral contraceptionOn the day after the last active tablet
Or at the latest the last day of pill free week
Progestogen-only pillOn any day with barrier method for 7 days
Progestogen-only injectionNo later than 12 weeks after last injection with barrier method for 7 days
Other progestogen-only methods (e.g. implant, intrauterine system)On the day of removal with barrier method for 7 days
Following deliveryAny day between 21-28 days after delivery in non-lactating women*
If starting later, use a barrier method for 7 days

*OVREENA® is not recommended in breast feeding women5

VIOLITE®- Bioequivalent to MICROLITE®

20 mcg ethinylestradiol and 100 mcg levonorgestrel

Changing From…Start taking VIOLITE®6
No current hormonal contraceptionOn the first day of menstrual bleeding
Or days 2-5 of the cycle with barrier method for 7 days
Combined oral contraceptionOn the day after the last active tablet
Or at the latest the last day of pill free week
Progestogen-only pillOn any day with barrier method for 7 days
Progestogen-only injectionNo later than 12 weeks after last injection with barrier method for 7 days
Other progestogen-only methods (e.g. implant, intrauterine system)On the day of removal with barrier method for 7 days
Following delivery*No earlier than 28 days after delivery and use a barrier method for 7 days

*VIOLITE® is not recommended in breast feeding women6

References:

  1. Azalia SPC
  2. Cilique SPC
  3. Elvina SPC
  4. Elvinette SPC
  5. Ovreena SPC
  6. Violite SPC

Available at www.medicines.ie

IE/OCS/0817/0058h(1) Date of Preparation: December 2018

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