Combined contraceptive 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 26 active hormone tablets and 2 inactive tablets.
When you first start, take a hormone tablet on the first day of your period so that you are protected from pregnancy straight away. If you start at any other time you will need to use condoms (or don’t have sex) for the next 9 days.
Take your tablet at the same time each day.
The missed dose instructions for Qlaira® are slightly different compared to other combined contraceptive tablets. See the company's information at the Medsafe website (www.medsafe.govt.nz/consumers/cmi/q/qlaira.pdf)
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with combined contraceptive 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.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of a blood clot including: sudden shortness of breath, swelling or pain in one leg
Symptoms of a stroke including: sudden weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side, face drooping, sudden changes in vision or speech, sudden loss of balance
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Changes in periods
Mood changes, headache
Brown patches on the face
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. June 2018
For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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