What is Qlaira?
Qlaira is a multiphasic combined pill that uses the synthetic hormones Estradiol Valerate and Dienogest to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Estradiol Valerate mimics the effect of oestrogen and Dienogest is a progesterone.
The hormones are administered in various dosages aligning with the natural hormone production during the menstrual cycle. This causes less interference with the endocrine system than monophasic pills, which provide the same dose over 21 days. It is, however, critical to take the pills strictly in the order presented.
Doctors will usually consider recommending Qlaira to most healthy women, but will generally not prescribe it to smokers over the age of 35, women who are seriously overweight, and women who are at risk of cardiovascular problems.
Qlaira may be beneficial if you suffer from symptoms relating to PMS, period pains, or heavy monthly bleeding. It may also help reduce acne.
How to take Qlaira?
Multiphasic pills, such as Qlaira require a little more personal organisation to ensure contraception, than a monophasic pill. Each batch of 28 pills is divided into five groups, identifiable by different colours. Each color indicates a specific dosage which needs to be taken at a specific stage of the menstrual cycle.
Take one pill every day with a little water and make sure to follow the order exactly. Organise your wallet according to the instructions provided in the leaflet, so that you take each pill on the appropriate day. When you finish one wallet of 28 pills, you will begin a new wallet the following day.
Who can use Qlaira?
Qlaira is usually suitable for the majority of healthy women (subject to simple medical screening to eliminate possible problems). Unless you are a smoker over 35, seriously overweight, oestrogen intolerant, or at risk of thrombosis, your GP will usually consider prescribing Qlaira.
Qlaira may reduce the risk of certain cancers and can help sufferers of PMS, heavy periods and period pains.
When you fill in DoktorABC’s short online medical questionnaire, our duty GP will immediately check your health profile to make sure that Qlaira is a safe form of birth control for you as an individual.
Please read the Side Effects section for full information about whether Qlaira is suitable for you.
In what dosages is Qlaira available?
Qlaira is a multiphasic pill that uses Estradiol Valerate and Dienogest to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Every batch of 28 pills is divided into five groups of different coloured pills. The dosage of hormones is different in each colour group.
2 dark yellow tablets each containing 3mg Estradiol Valerate
5 medium red tablets each containing 2mg Estradiol Valerate and 2mg Dienogest
17 light yellow tablets each containing 2mg Estradiol Valerate and 3mg Dienogest
2 dark red tablets each containing 1mg Estradiol Valerate
2 white tablets containing no active hormones
It is important that you take each pill on the appropriate day.
What if I forget to take my Qlaira pill?
If you forgot to take a daily Qlaira pill your response - and risk of pregnancy - will depend upon which color tablet you forgot to take, in other words, in which phase of the menstrual cycle you are.
- If you are less than 12 hours late when taking a tablet, the protection against pregnancy is not reduced. Take the tablet as soon as you remember and then continue taking the tablets again at the usual time.
- If you are more than 12 hours late taking a tablet, the protection against pregnancy may be reduced. Depending on the day of the cycle on which one tablet has been missed, use additional contraceptive precautions e.g. a barrier method such as a condom.
Refer to the manufacturers pamphlet for detailed information. This comes in the packet with your pills and can also be found on this page under ‘product leaflet’. It is important that you keep it with your pills and do not throw it away.
What are the side effects of Qlaira?
Possible common side effects
Approximately 9 out of 10 women who use Qlaira exactly as instructed by their doctor will not suffer from any side effects, but the following common side effects may occasionally occur in some users:
- Depression or low moods
- Skin rash
- Weight gain
- Tender or painful breasts
Possible adverse reactions
A very small number of women may undergo an adverse reaction to Qlaira. If you experience any of the following symptoms you should stop taking your pills and seek immediate medical advice.
- Liver problems
- Weight loss
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 Qlaira
Do not take Qlaira if you:
- have (or have ever had) a blood clot
- have ever had a heart attack or a stroke
- have any liver disease
Some prescription medications are incompatible with Qlaira, as are certain severe medical conditions. When you fill in the online medical questionnaire it is important to be open about any relevant health issues. Our GP will immediately review your answers to ensure that Qlaira is a safe form of contraception for you to use. If approved, your order will be processed for free next day delivery by UPS courier.
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The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.