Estelle™-35/35 ED contains two types of sex hormones, a progestogen called Cyproterone acetate and an estrogen called Ethinylestradiol. It is used in women of reproductive age who suffer from conditions due to an increased sensitivity to androgens in the body. Androgens are hormones in the body that make one display more male characteristics. Women who are more sensitive to androgen may have conditions such as acne, very oily skin or excessive hair growth in certain areas of the face or body. The medication also provides effective oral contraception in women being treated for the above conditions.
If you are taking Estelle™-35/35 ED for any of the conditions above, you must not take any other hormonal contraceptive at the same time.
Estelle™-35 and Estelle™-35 ED is a 21 day and 28 day pack, respectively. The only difference between them is that Estelle™-ED contains additional 7 (white) inactive tablets in the 28-day pack.
Inform your doctor if these side effects become severe and bothersome.
Using a combined hormonal medication increases a woman’s risk of developing blood clots compared with a woman not taking any combined hormonal medication. The risk of developing blood clots in a vein is highest during the first year a woman uses the medication. Other risk factors of developing blood clots include smoking and obesity. However, blood clot formation is rare and the doctor would have evaluated and weighed its benefits over risks before making the recommendation.
Other rare but serious side effects that you may or may not experience.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
If you experience any of these side effects/ symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
There is no action needed if you have missed the white (inactive tablets) ; however you must follow the steps below if you miss any of your 21 yellow (active) tablets to ensure that contraception effect is not reduced.
Within 12 hours:Take the missed tablet as soon as remembered. Take the next tablet at your usual time.
More than 12 hours:If the missed tablet is within
If sexual intercourse happened in the previous 7 days, you may be pregnant. See your doctor for advice as soon as possible.
Take the missed tablet as soon as remembered, even if it means taking 2 tablets at the same time.
Continue to take your tablets at your usual time and start the next pack right away without the 7-day tablet free period or 7-day white (inactive) tablets i.e. no gap should be left between packs. Your menses may not come until the next pack is finished, but there is no need to worry. However, if your menses do not occur after the next pack is finished, you should take a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant.
Stop taking medication from the current pack for 7 days (7-day tablet-free period). A withdrawal bleed (menses) usually occurs and then start a next pack after 7 days.
Continue to take your tablets at your usual time and start the next pack right away without the 7-day tablet free period or 7-day white (inactive) tablets i.e. no gap should be left between packs. Your menses may not come until the next pack is finished, but there is no need to worry. However, if your menses does not occur after the next pack is finished, you should take a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant.
ANDUse a barrier method such as a condom for the next 7 days
**If you miss your period (especially with missed tablets), check with your doctor to determine if you are pregnant before continuing to take the next cycle of contraceptives.
If you vomit or suffer from diarrhea within 3 to 4 hours of taking this medication, the tablet may not be absorbed. This is considered a missed dose. You should then follow the instructions above.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.
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