OVREENA® contains the same active ingredient but is less expensive than Ovranette®1
If you have not used a contraceptive with hormones in the previous month.
Changing from a combined hormonal contraceptive medicine
Changing from a progestogen-only-method (progestogen-only pill, injection, implant or a progestogen-releasing intrauterine system (IUS)
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I was previously on OVRANETTE® and have now been changed to OVREENA® - 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.
What if I miss a dose of OVREENA®?
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 OVREENA® 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. If you get side effects, includes any possible side effects not listed above, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Am I likely to develop a blood clot if I take OVREENA®?
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. However, this increased risk is lower than the risk of developing a blood clot associated with pregnancy. To find out more about the risk of thrombosis associated with your pill read the Patient Information Leaflet.
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 OVREENA®.
Am I at risk of developing breast cancer?
Breast cancer has been observed slightly more often in women using combined oral contraceptive pills, than in women of the same age who do not take any contraceptive pills, but it is not certain if the combined oral contraceptive pill causes this increased risk. The risk of breast cancer increases the longer you take the combined oral contraceptive pill but gradually reduces after stopping and returns to normal within ten years.