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- 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly
- Contains a lower dose of hormones and is most suited to women who experience oestrogen-related side effects with the standard pill
- Need a blood pressure check within the last year to take safely
- Not advised for women who are over 35 years old and smoke, have a high blood pressure or are overweight. In these cases the mini-pill, implant or coil may be a safer choice
Mercilon is a combined contraceptive pill, it contains Ethinyloestradiol and Desogestrel, synthetic versions of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which are naturally produced by your body.
How do I take Mercilon?
Take one pill every day for 21 days until the packet is finished. You will then have a seven day pill free break and will experience a withdrawal bleed, much like a period. You should always start your next strip after the seven day break on time, even if your period hasn't finished. If you miss a pill, consult the patient information leaflet provided with the medication.
How effective is Mercilon?
Mercilon is 99% effective when taken correctly.
|What are the side effects?|
Some of the more common side effects associated with Mercilon may include: nausea, headaches, breast tenderness and mood swings, if you have any concerns or persistent side effects please consult a doctor.
If you experience any severe or serious side effects please contact your nearest emergency department for urgent medical attention.
Please read the patient information leaflet, which comes with the medication carefully before taking your pill which provides a full list of side effects and serious signs to look out for.
|Can I take other medicines with Mercilon?|
Certain medications and herbal remedies can reduce the effectiveness of your pill. If you start taking any prescription or non-prescription medications while taking the pill then contact us via your Patient Record. Alternatively, your own doctor should be able to give you guidance.
|Why do I need my blood pressure, height and weight checked at the pharmacy?|
To safely order a prescription for Mercilon, we need to know your height, weight and blood pressure. This is because the combined contraceptive pill can cause your blood pressure to rise, and can increase the risk of blood clots, a heart attack or a stroke.
Your chosen pharmacist will carry out these checks before dispensing your pill to make sure it's safe for you to take.
If you choose to collect your prescription at a participating LloydsPharmacy, you will be asked to sign a consent. This consent is for your biometric data (height, weight and blood pressure) to be recorded and the information to be entered into our secure system. Once complete, the pharmacist will access your prescription and you can purchase your medication.
|How long does Mercilon take to work?||If you have not previously been using a hormonal contraceptive you should start taking this pill on the first day of your period which will protect you against pregnancy straight away. If you take it any later, you must be sure you could not already be pregnant and use condoms for seven days to be protected.|
|What happens if I am not suitable for a prescription?||If our doctors think that an online consultation is not appropriate we will let you know via your Patient Record and refund you straight away. Please note that refunds take up to five working days to appear on your statement.|
What Do I Do With My Results Card?
If you request a paper prescription in the post, you will also receive a results card along with a Freepost envelope.
Simply take this with you when you go to purchase your medication and ask the pharmacist to fill in the back of the card.
Return it to us either using the Freepost envelope, or by uploading a photo (or scan) of the completed card to your Patient Record.
You will not be able to re-order unless you return your results card in the post or upload it to your Patient Record.
If you choose in-pharmacy collection, you'll be asked to sign a consent for your biometric data (height, weight and blood pressure) to be recorded and the information to be entered into our secure system. This information will be retained ready for you to reorder.
How Do I Re-Order My Prescription?
If you ordered a paper prescription by post, to re-order your prescription, you must have returned your last results card to us. You can send it back to us using the Freepost envelope that comes with your prescription, or alternatively you can upload a photo of it to your Patient Record.
If you ordered using in-pharmacy collection, you will have been asked to sign a consent for your biometric data (height, weight and blood pressure) to be recorded and the information to be entered into our secure system. This information will be retained in your Patient Record ready for you to reorder.
Why do you need my results card and biometric information?
If your blood pressure is high or you are overweight, this can increase your risk of a heart attack, blood clot, or stroke, when taking the combined pill, patch or ring. Therefore we need to know these details so that we can continue to safely prescribe you the combined pill.
The results card is our way of keeping you safe and making sure your pharmacist is only dispensing combined contraception if it's medically appropriate for you.