VIOLITE® contains the same active ingredients as Microlite
If this is the first time you are starting the pill or you have not used a hormonal contraceptive for the past month
If you are changing from another combined contraceptive pill, vaginal ring, or transdermal patch
Changing from pills containing 21 tablets in each pack:
Changing from ‘every day’ pills containing 28 tablets in each pack
Changing from vaginal ring or transdermal patch
If you are changing from a progestogen-only method (oral pill, injection, implant or an intrauterine system (IUS))
If you are starting Violite ® after a termination that occurred during the first trimester (three months) of pregnancy
If you are starting Violite® after giving birth or after a termination of pregnancy that occurred during the second Trimester
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I was previously on Microlite® and have now been changed to VIOLITE® - what is the difference?
There is very little difference between these pills as they both 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 VIOLITE®?
If you miss a pill, follow the missed pill guidance or review the Patient Information Leaflet contained inside every pack of VIOLITE®. 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 VIOLITE® may cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. If you get any side effect, particularly if severe and persistent, or have any change to your health that you think may be due to Violite®, please talk to your doctor. An increased risk of blood clots in your veins (venous thromboembolism (VTE)) or blood clots in your arteries (arterial thromboembolism (ATE)) is present for all women taking combined hormonal contraceptives. For more detailed information on the different risks from taking combined hormonal contraceptives please see section 2 “What you need to know before you use Violite® ”of the patient information leaflet contained inside the Violite® packet.
Am I likely to develop a blood clot if I take VIOLITE®?
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. Recovery from blood clots is not always complete. Rarely, there may be serious lasting effects or, very rarely, they may be fatal. Please read the patient information leaflet contained inside your pack of Violite® pills for further information on symptoms, risks, and factors that increase your risk of a blood clot in a vein. If you notice possible signs of a blood clot, stop taking your pill and contact your doctor immediately.
Are there any medicines I shouldn’t take whilst I am on oral contraceptives?
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken or might take any other medicines. There are some medicines that may interact with Violite®. Medicines can sometimes interfere with each other. If you receive treatment from any other doctor, nurse or qualified healthcare professional make sure they are aware that you are using Violite® as a contraceptive. They can advise if it will be necessary to take any additional precautions (e.g. using a condom or other barrier contraceptive) while you are taking other medicines while you are taking Violite®. Some medicines can make Violite® less effective in preventing pregnancy, or can cause unexpected bleeding. These include medicines used for treatment of:
If you have been told to take additional contraceptive precautions while taking any of the above medicines follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. If you need to take the medicine beyond the end of your current tablet pack, miss your tablet-free week and start the next pack straight away. In some cases you may need to continue to use additional barrier contraception for several weeks after you have stopped taking the medicine.
Violite® may interfere with the following medicines:
Taking an antibiotic medicine called troleandomycin may increase the risk for intrahepatic cholestasis (retention of bile in the liver) while taking the combined pill.
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