Exluton-lynestrenol 0.5 mg 28 tablets
Exluton contains only one female sex hormone, the progestogen lynestrenol. For this reason Exluton is also called a mini-pill. In contrast to combined pills, mini-pills do not contain an oestrogen hormone in addition to the progestogen. The two main ways in which Exluton works are:
- Preventing the sperm cells from entering the uterus.
- Preventing egg cells from maturing (in 70% of the women).
In contrast to the combined pill, Exluton can be used by women who do not tolerate oestrogens and by women who are breastfeeding. A disadvantage of Exluton is that menstrual bleeding may occur at irregular intervals. There is also a chance that no bleeding occurs at all.
Do not use Exluton in the situations listed below. If any of these apply to you, tell your doctor before starting Exluton. Your doctor may advise you to use a non-hormonal method of birth control.
- If you have thrombosis. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot which can block a blood vessel, for example in a leg (deep venous thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
- If you have or have had jaundice (yellowing of the skin) or severe liver disease, and your liver function is not yet normal.
- If you have or are suspected to have a cancer that is sensitive to sex hormones, such as certain types of breast cancer.
- If you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding.
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to lynestrenol or any of the other ingredients of Exluton mentioned in section 6.1.
If any of these situations develop while you are using Exluton, consult your doctor immediately.
Warnings: Please contact your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine. In certain situations, while taking Exluton you may need to be kept under close observation. Your doctor can explain what you should do. Therefore, if any of these situations apply to you, tell your doctor before starting to use Exluton:
- you have or have had breast cancer;
- you have liver cancer;
- you have ever had thrombosis;
- you have diabetes;
- you have ever had a pregnancy outside the uterus (ectopic pregnancy);
- you have or have had an infection of the fallopian tube(s) or have had surgery of the fallopian tube(s);
- you have epilepsy;
- you have high blood pressure;
- you have or have had chloasma (yellowish-brown pigmentation patches on the skin, also called ‘the mask of pregnancy’, particularly on the face); if so, it is advisable to avoid direct exposure to the sun or ultraviolet light.If any of the above situations occur for the first time, recur or worsen while using Exluton, talk to your doctor.
How to take Exluton:
The Exluton strip contains 28 tablets. On the back side of the strip, the days of the week are printed on the foil, with arrows printed between them. Each day corresponds to one tablet. Each time you start a new strip of Exluton, take a tablet in the top row. Start with the correct tablet. For example, if you start on a Wednesday, you must take the tablet from the top row marked (at the back) with WED. You continue to take one tablet a day until the strip is empty, always following the direction indicated by the arrows. By looking at the back of the strip, you can easily check whether you have taken your daily tablet. Take your tablet at about the same time each day. Swallow each tablet with water. You may have some bleeding while taking Exluton, which may look like a menstrual bleed, but you must continue to take your tablets. When a pack is empty, you must start with a new strip of Exluton on the next day – thus without interruption and without waiting for a period.
Active ingredient: lynestrenol 0.5 mg
Packing size: 28 tablets containing 0.5 mg of lynestrenol.