Lovima is a daily hormonal contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy in women and adolescents of child bearing age.
There are 2 main kinds of hormonal contraceptive.
Lovima is a progestogen-only pill (POP) or a mini-pill.
It contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone, the progestogen desogestrel.
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Each blister strip of Lovima contains 28 tablets - 4 weeks supply. One tablet should be taken each day at the same time without a break between packs.
The days of the week and arrows are printed on the blister strip indicating the order in which to take the pills. Each day corresponds to one tablet.
Every time you start a new pack of Lovima, take a tablet from the top row. Don't start with just any tablet. For example if you start on a Wednesday, you must take the tablet from the top row marked with 'WED'.
How you first start taking Lovima will depend on whether you have previously used other contraception or if you have recently been pregnant. You may also need to use additional contraception for the first 7 days.
Read the contained information leaflet carefully to see which applies to you.
If you are not sure what to do, talk to your pharmacist.
If you are starting or resuming Lovima following emergency contraception:
Ask your pharmacist for advice on how to start taking or resume taking Lovima following emergency contraception. If you have taken emergency contraception, it is advisable to wait until day 1 of your next menstrual cycle before taking Lovima.
If you are not using hormonal contraception at present or have not used it in the past month:
If you are changing from a combined pill (COC):
If you are changing from a vaginal ring or transdermal patch:
If you are changing from another progestogen-only pill (mini-pill) including another desogestrel mini-pill which your doctor may have prescribed for you:
If you are changing from an injection or implant or hormonal IUS:
If you have recently given birth and your period has not started again:
If you have recently had a miscarriage or abortion:
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your pharmacist has told you. Check with your pharmacist if you are not sure.
Lovima like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted disease.
Do not take Lovima:
If any of these conditions apply to you, you should consult your doctor before using Lovima.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your pharmacist, doctor, or family planning nurse before using Lovima:
These are important conditions that your doctor may need to monitor carefully.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any unwanted effect, especially if severe or persistent.
Serious side effects associated with the use of Lovima are described in section 2 'What you need to know before you take Lovima.' Please read this section for additional information on Thrombosis and Ectopic Pregnancy and consult your doctor immediately where appropriate.
You should seek medical advice immediately if you experience symptoms of angioedema (rapid swelling of area under skin or mucous membranes usually caused by an allergic reaction). Symptoms of angioedema include swollen face, tongue, or throat, difficulty in swallowing, or hives and difficulty in breathing.
Vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals while using this medicine. This may be just slight staining which may not even require a pad, or heavier bleeding, which looks rather like a scanty period. You may need to use tampons or sanitary towels. You may also not have any bleeding at all. After a few months of treatment bleeding tends to become less frequent or stop altogether.
Irregular bleeding is not a sign that Lovima is not working. In general, you do not need to take an action; just continue taking Lovima. If bleeding is frequent, heavy, or prolonged, or if you are worried by any changed in bleeding, you should talk to your doctor.
How often are other possible side effects seen?
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 women): mood changes, depressed mood, decreased sexual drive (libido), headache, nausea, acne, breast pain, irregular or no periods, weight increase.
Uncommon(may affect up to 1 in 100 women):infection of the vagina, difficulties in wearing contact lenses, vomiting, hair loss, painful periods, ovarian cyst, tiredness.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 women): skin conditions such as rash, hives, erythema nodosum (painful rounded blue-red skin lumps usually on the shin and ankles, or sometimes thighs or forearms). Breast secretion or leakage may occur.
The active substance is desogestrel (75 microgram).
The other ingredients are: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K30 (E1201), d-a-tocopherol (E307), soybean oil, silica, colloidal hydrated (E551), silica, colloidal anhydrous (E551), stearic acid (E570), Hypromellose 2910 (E464), polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide (E171).
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