Microgynon 50 tablets contain the hormones oestrogen and progestogen. They are used to prevent pregnancy or regulate your period. They may also be used to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or acne.
Your pack has 21 active hormone tablets and 7 inactive tablets. When you first start, it is best to take a hormone tablet on the first day of your period. However, if you start within 5 days of the first day of your period, you are still protected from pregnancy straight away. If you start more than 5 days after the first day of your period, you will need to use condoms (or don’t have sex) for the next 7 days. Take your tablet at the same time each day. You can choose to take your tablets "continuously" (take the 21 hormone tablets, then start the next pack, skipping the 7 inactive tablets or your 7-day break). With this option you won't get a period and you are protected from getting pregnant unless you forget more than 8 tablets in a row.
If you miss 1 hormone tablet (over 24 hours late): take it as soon as you remember, then take the next hormone tablet at the usual time – even if this means taking 2 tablets together.
If you miss 2 or more hormone tablets: take the last tablet you missed as soon as you remember - even if this means taking 2 tablets together. Then take a hormone tablet for the next 7 days at the usual time. You need to use condoms (or don’t have sex) during these 7 days.
If there are less than 7 hormone tablets left in the pack, finish these and then start your new pack straight away (skip the 7 inactive tablets or your 7-day break). If you are in the first week of your pack and you have had unprotected sex, you may need emergency contraception.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with Microgynon 50 tablets including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs.
Please tell your doctor if you notice troublesome: Changes in periods, mood changes, headache, sore breasts, weight gain, brown patches on the face or stomach upset.
Please seek medical treatment immediately if you have:
Microgynon is not known to impede your ability to drive or operate machines.
Do not take this medication if you are pregnant. If you think you could be pregnant, you should do a test to confirm before you stop taking your pill. If you are breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor about alternative contraception.
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