3rd generation contraceptive pill.
Box of 21 tablets.
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Take the first Diane-35 pill on the first day of your period. Start with the first pill and follow the arrows as indicated on the pack. Try to take the pill at around the same time each day. We recommend incorporating it into your daily routine, such as after eating a specific meal or before going to sleep.
No problem; just avoid unprotected sex for the first seven days. Do this by using additional forms of contraception, like Protec Condoms.
After taking all 21 pills, take a 7-day break. Your period will start during this break, and will probably be lighter and painless. You're also less likely to experience PMS! Start your new pack after the 7 day break, on what would be the 8th day.
Each new pack should begin on the same day of the week. Start the pill on this day even if you still have your period.
If you decide to stop taking the pill, only stop after you finish your pack otherwise bleeding may start.
Either of those things can interfere with the absorption of your pill. If you vomit within two hours of taking the pill, another pill should be taken as soon as possible. If persistent vomiting or diarrhea last more than 24 hours, follow the instructions on missed pills.
If you missed one pill, take it as soon as you remember. Take the pill due for the day at the regular time, even if it means taking two pills in one day. Then, continue taking one pill each day as usual. In this scenario, you'll still be protected from pregnancy and won't need backup contraception.
Missing two or more pills consecutively, however, increases your chances of getting pregnant. If this happens, take the most recently missed pill as soon as you remember and discard all the other previously missed pills. Take the next scheduled pill at the usual time and avoid unprotected sex for the next seven days (we recommend the Protec condom, as mentioned above).
Count the pills you have left in the pack. If one to six active pills are left in the pack, finish the remaining active pills and start a new pack immediately (skip your 7-day break). Note that bleeding may not come at the regular time.
If there are seven or more active pills left in the pack, continue taking the contents of the pack and take your 7-day break as usual.
Do not take Diane-35 if you:
• are pregnant or breastfeeding
• have uncontrolled high blood pressure
• have a history of blood clots
• are a smoker over 35
You should inform your healthcare provider (or book a consultation) if you have the following conditions before starting Diane-35:
• Liver disorders
• Clotting disorders
• Breast and cervical cancer
• Sickle cell anemia
• Hormone active tumors
• Severe cardiovascular disease
• Previous or existing thromboembolic diseases
• Idiopathic jaundice
No serious ill effects have been reported, even with accidental overdose. You may experience mild side effects such as headaches, tender/sore breasts, altered moods, changes in appetite, and abdominal cramps. Don't worry, though! These side effects are temporary and should subside within the first three months.
Severe side effects:
While unlikely, always consult with a doctor if your symptoms become intolerable. If you experience the following, please contact your doctor or go to an emergency room immediately:
• Severe abdominal pain
• Chest pain
• Severe headaches
• Eye problems (blurred vision)
• Swelling or aching in the legs and thighs
• Taking drugs for infection (such as ampicilin, chloramphenicol, neomycin, penicilin v, nitrofurantoin, sulfonamides, tetracycline, and isoniazid), and pain (such as analgesic, anti-migraine, and tranquilizer medication) with Diane-35 may decrease the contraceptive pill's efficacy. Taking drugs that induce hepatic enzymes such as anti-epileptic drugs (carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, felbamate, topiramate, phenytoin), anti-fungal (griseofulvin), anti-diabetic (troglitazone), musculoskeletal (phenylbutazone), and anti-tuberculosis (rifampicin) drugs can also bring own the efficacy of Diane-35.
• If you are advised to take the aforementioned drugs, please talk to your healthcare provider or book a phone consultation through us first to determine the proper intake and dosage schedule for you.
• Taking Diane-35 and anti-infective drugs (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, ritonavir) or grapefruit juice may cause adverse effects.
• Taking Diane-35 and troleandomycin may increase the risk of cholestatic jaundice.