What is Lizinna?
Lizinna is a combined pill that uses synthetic hormones (norgestimate and ethinylestradiol) to replicate the effects of your body’s natural hormones and prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Because Lizinna is partly oestrogen based, it is unsuitable for women who are oestrogen intolerant. If you are a heavy smoker over the age of 35, or are overweight (BMI 35+) you may be prescribed a progesterone mini pill as an alternative to Lizinna.
Doctor’s will generally consider prescribing Lizinna to the majority of healthy women. If you suffer from difficult menstruation or acne, Lizinna may help to alleviate your condition.
How to take Lizinna
Lizinna is a monophasic pill that comes in memo strips of 21 pills. Each pill capsule is labelled with a day of the week. Take each pill, on its correct day, for the full 21 days. You should try to take your tablets at approximately the same time every day.
After 21 days of daily pills, you will take a complete break from pills for 7 days. On the 8th day begin a new strip of 21 pills. You must take the pill daily, starting on the first day of your menstrual cycle for effective protection against pregnancy.
You may experience vaginal bleeding similar to menstruation during each 7 day break. Regardless of any bleeding, you should begin a new strip of 21 pills on the 8th day.
Who can use Lizinna?
Doctors are usually willing to prescribe Lizinna to women who meet the standard health requirements for contraceptive pills that contain oestrogen. If you are of child bearing age, not seriously overweight, and are not aged over 35 and a heavy smoker, Lizinna may be a suitable option for you.
Lizinna may help if you regularly suffer from period pains, PMS or heavy menstruation. It can also alleviate acne and reduce the risk of certain cancers.
When you complete our quick online medical questionnaire, our duty GP will immediately review your health profile to ensure that Lizinna is safe for you to use. If your prescription is approved, it will be processed at once.
Please read the Side Effects section for full information about whether Lizinna is suitable for you.
What is the dosage of Lizinna?
Lizinna is a combined pill that uses synthetic hormones to replicate the effect of your body’s natural hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
Each tablet contains the following dosages:
Norgestimate 250 microgram
Ethinylestradiol 35 microgram.
Lizinna works in a similar way to other combined pills that use an oestrogen/progesterone combination to protect against unwanted pregnancy. Most women (who exactly follow manufacturer’s and doctor’s instructions) can receive the 250/35 microgram hormone dosage without any problems.
What if I forget to take my Lizinna Pill?
If you forget to take your daily Lizinna pill, and less than 12 hours have passed since your usual time for taking the pill, you are unlikely to be at risk of unwanted pregnancy. Simply take the tablet as soon as possible, even if it means taking two tablets in one day.
If you miss one or more pills you may be at risk of pregnancy. You should read the manufacturer’s pamphlet carefully (this is supplied with your Lizinna pills).
What are the side effects of Lizinna?
If you follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and your doctor’s advice exactly, you are unlikely to experience any significant side effects when using Lizinna. 9 out of 10 women are able to take Lizinna without unwelcome side effects. Nonetheless, you should familiarise yourself with the possible effects of any prescription medicine before using it.
Can I use Lizinna if I smoke?
Smoking is generally not recommended while using oral hormonal contraception as it increases the risk of serious side effects. This is specifically true for women over 35 years old and smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day. Possible serious side effects may include strokes and blood clots.
Possible common side effects
Most patients who use Lizinna correctly do not experience any significant side effects, but the following common side effects may occur in some users:
- Migraine or dizziness
- Negative mood changes
- Urinary tract infections
Possible adverse reactions
Very rarely patients may experience an adverse reaction to Lizinna. If you experience any of the following symptoms you should discontinue your treatment and seek immediate medical advice.
- Muscle spasms or pains
Your prescription will come with a patient leaflet giving detailed information about the medication, its ingredients, possible side effects and contraindications. Please read this leaflet carefully before you begin taking your tablets.
If you experience serious discomfort we recommend that you go straight to your nearest casualty department. In an emergency dial 999.
When not to take Lizinna
Do not take Lizinna if you:
- Are pregnant, or think that you may be pregnant
- Are seriously overweight (BMI 35+)
- Have any history or risk of thrombosis
- Have any serious liver conditions
Some prescription medications are incompatible with Lizinna, as are certain severe medical conditions. When you fill in the short online medical questionnaire, please be sure to mention all possible health issues. Our duty GP will review your answers on the spot and confirm whether Lizinna is the safest contraception for you. Your order will then be processed for free next day delivery by UPS courier.
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