Lucette

Lucette is a combined hormonal contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. Lucette comes in a single strength of 0.03 mg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone.

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What is Lucette?

Lucette is a combined hormonal contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. Lucette comes in a single strength of 0.03 mg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone.

How does Lucette work?

Lucette prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg. The hormones contained in the pill thicken the mucus surrounding the womb (cervix), making it more difficult for sperm to reach an egg. By overriding your natural menstrual cycle, an egg will not be released.

How effective is Lucette?

Lucette is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken correctly.

When does Lucette begin to work?

If you begin to take Lucette on the first day of your period, it will be effective immediately. That means you will not have to use a condom or other extra forms of contraception. You can take it up to day 5 of your cycle, unless your menstrual cycle is very short, in which case it’s best to use a condom for the first 7 days.

Lucette for non-contraceptive purposes

You can get a prescription for Lucette if you need to ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or regulate painful periods. Lucette is also useful to treat acne and endometriosis symptoms.

Can you use Lucette for period delay?

Lucette can be used to delay your period. In that case, just skip the week during which you normally would not take the contraceptive pills. For more a specific option to manage period delay, you could try Noristherone, which has been developed specifically for that purpose and is available to order from Dr Felix.

Lucette for endometriosis

Combination contraceptive pills such as Lucette can be used to treat endometriosis. Endometriosis causes the tissue lining the womb to grow outside of it. This often causes intense pain. Hormonal contraceptives such as Lucette are useful to manage the condition by preventing excess tissue growth. It will usually take up to four months for symptoms to ease.

Switching contraceptive pill

Sometimes it can take a while to find the perfect contraceptive pill that’s right for you. Often, women try a few different options before finding their match. Changing pills is relatively simple. Once you finish your monthly pack of your previous pill, you can start to take Lucette straight away. Skip the 7-day break. If you are swapping from a progesterone-only pill, you may begin to take Lucette at any time, but make sure you use extra protection such as condoms for 7 days.

Ingredients

Active ingredients

The active ingredients in Lucette are ethinylestradiol and drospirenone.

Inactive ingredients

Other ingredients contained in Lucette are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K-25, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, talc, macrogol and lecithin.

Dosage

How to start taking Lucette?

Lucette should be taken on the first day of your period or up to day 5 of your menstrual cycle. If you start taking Lucette towards the end of your cycle, be sure to use an extra contraceptive method such as condoms for 7 days. Lucette comes in a pack of 21 pills – one for each day. Once you finish all 21 pills, take a break of 7 days. During this time, you may get your period, although not all women will get their menstruation right away when swapping to a new pill.

What should I do if I miss a pill?

If you have missed a pill, you should take it as soon as you remember. If this means you have to take 2 pills because you remember 24 hours later, take them both. The remainder of the pills should be continued as normal. If you miss more than two pills, you should take them as soon as you remember and use extra contraception such as a condom.

What should I do if I took a pill too late?

If you missed taking a pill within 12 hours of your regular time, you should still be fully protected. If it has been longer than 12 hours, follow the instructions on what to do when you miss a pill.

If I have vomited, will Lucette still work?

If you have vomited within 3 to 4 hours after taking Lucette, its effectiveness may be reduced. You should take another pill as soon as possible and continue taking the remainder of the packet as usual.  

Side Effects

Common side effects from taking Lucette include:

  • Spotting and breakthrough bleeding
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Nausea and/or dizziness
  • Depressive mood
  • Breast tenderness
  • Vaginal discharge

 

Less common side effects include:

  • Reduced libido
  • High blood pressure
  • Diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Acne, rash or skin itching
  • Hair growth or hair loss
  • Swollen breast
  • Weight gain

 

Stop using Lucette and consult a doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Blood clots in the vein or artery
  • Hearing issues
  • Asthma
  • Allergic reactions

Contraindications

Do not use Lucette if:

  • You previously had a blood clot
  • You had a heart attack or stroke in the past
  • You ever had angina pectoris
  • You had a transient ischaemic attack
  • You experienced a migraine with aura before
  • You suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure
  • You have high cholesterol or triglycerides
  • You had pancreatitis before
  • You have liver problems
  • You ever had cervical cancer, breast cancer or cancer of the vagina
  • You are allergic to the ingredients

 

Speak to your doctor before taking Lucette if:

  • You have regular migraines or headaches
  • You suffer from asthma
  • You have epilepsy
  • You have cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure
  • You have diabetes
  • You have liver problems

Drug interactions

The following medications are known to interact with Lucette:

  • Epilepsy medications
  • HIV medications
  • Hepatitis C medications
  • Rifampicin 
  • Bosentan
  • Griseofulvin or ketoconazole
  • Modafinil 
  • Bosentan 
  • Etoricoxib 
  • St. John's wort 

Treatment Options

Lucette for acne

The hormones in Lucette act to reduce symptoms of acne. This is usually the case for all combined contraceptive pills, but not the progesterone-only pill.

Lucette versus the mini pill

The main difference between a combined contraceptive pill such as Lucette and the mini pill is that Lucette contains two types of hormones – estrogen and progesterone. The mini pill is a progesterone-only pill. This means that it only contains one type of hormone. The benefits of the mini pill include fewer side effects, but you cannot use it to control your menstrual cycle.

Alternatives to Lucette

Yasmin is a popular alternative to Lucette. It contains the same active ingredients, but the pills have different names because they are made by different manufacturers. Dr Felix stocks all common contraceptive pills. If you are unable to take the combined contraceptive pill, you can opt for the mini pill or choose an alternative form of hormonal contraception such as the implant, the injection or the coil.

Q&A

Does Lucette cause weight gain?

Weight gain is a known side effect of Lucette, but there is no evidence that the pill actually causes you to put on weight. Consult your doctor if you are worried about weight gain as a possible side effect.

Can Lucette cause anxiety?

Depression and mood changes are known common side effects of Lucette. If you continue to experience depression or have suicidal thoughts, consult a doctor immediately.

When can I get pregnant after taking Lucette?

Once you stop taking Lucette, you could immediately become pregnant. Your natural menstrual cycle will usually return within one month after you stop taking the contraceptive. Every woman is different, so it may take a bit longer for you to become pregnant. If you are concerned, consult a doctor or family planning clinic

Is it safe to take Lucette for a long time?

If you do not have any serious health conditions, you should have no problems when taking Lucette. Oral hormonal contraceptives are generally safe. A known risk factor includes getting blood clots. Make sure you read the information leaflet included in the packaging and consult a doctor to discuss which pill is the most suitable for you.

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