Brevinor is a combined contraceptive pill containing an oestrogen (Ethynolestradiol) and progestogen (Norethisterone) which work together to reduce the chances of becoming pregnant.
The pill works by inhibiting ovulation – the release of an egg cell from the ovaries, thinning the lining of the womb to make it difficult for an egg to plant itself into the endometrium (walls of the womb) ready for fertilisation, and thickens the mucous lining of the cervix to prevent sperm from travelling to the womb.
These mechanisms reduce the chances of pregnancy. When used correctly, combined contraceptive pills are 99% effective against unwanted pregnancy.
The Brevinor pill can also help periods become lighter, less painful and more regular. It may also be used to delay periods for personal events such as weddings and holidays.
Brevinor comes in a blister pack containing 21 tablets marked with the days of the week. Take the pill for 21 days at the same time and abstain for 7 days before starting the new strip. Expect to have your period during these 7 days.
You should start taking Brevinor between 1 and 5 days of starting your period for immediate protection.
If you start the course of treatment later than this, additional contraception such as condoms should be used to reduce the risk of pregnancy.
What do I do if I miss a dose of Brevinor pill?
Take the missed Brevinor pill as soon as you remember, and then take the next pill as normal. This may mean you take two tablets in one day. You should be protected in this case.
If you miss your pill by 12 hours, take your missed tablet and take the next pill as normal. You may not be protected in this case and so should use other contraceptive methods such as condoms.
What should I do if I accidently take more Brevinor than I should?
Taking too many Brevinor pills can cause sickness, vaginal bleeding and swelling of the breasts. Speak to your doctor or go straight to your nearest casualty department if you are accidentally take more Brevinor pills than you should.
The Brevinor pill is not suited for everyone, and you need to make sure it fits with your body and your lifestyle before taking it. There are other types of contraceptive pills available on prescription such as Yasmin that you can order through Life Meds Pharmacy.
Before taking the Brevinor pill speak to your doctor if you:
- Have or have had heart, blood or circulation problems
- Are diabetic
- Have kidney or liver problems
- Suffer from mental illness
- Are taking other medications, including over the counter medication.
Side effects of the Brevinor pill
All medicines have the potential to cause side effects, though not everybody experiences them.
Before taking Brevinor, you must read the enclosed patient information leaflet. This leaflet contains instructions for storing and taking Brevinor, as well as important information regarding its safety.
Some side effects of Brevinor include:
- Headaches or Migraine
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Tender or sensitive breasts and nipples
- Mood swings and irritability
- Spotting between periods
- An increased risk of blood clotting.
This is not a complete list of side effects associated with Brevinor. The patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine contains a full list of side effects reported with Brevinor, In addition to other information regarding the safety of the pill.
Emergency contraception, such as ellaOne, may also reduce the effectiveness of Brevinor. If you use emergency contraception while taking Brevinor, use an additional form of contraception for 14 days after taking the morning-after pill.