Qlaira is a quadriphasic combined contraception pill. The word quadriphasic indicates that it contains four types of active pills, each with a diffrent amount of hormones. Qlaira is especially suitable for women who experience heavy bleeding during their periods (not related to other physical problems).
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- Used for treating: contraception / birth control
- Especially for: women who experience heavy bleeding durign their periods
- Effect: suppresses ovulation and prevents the implantation of the egg
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How does the Qlaira contraceptive pill work?
Qlaira is a combination pill, this means it releases hormones into the body which prevent pregnancy when taken correctly. The ovaries do not release an egg, while at the same time the lining of the uterus is altered making it much harder for any egg that would be fertilised to settle there. The active ingredients in Qlaira are estradiol and dienogest, these are synthetic versions of the body’s own hormones. When you use Qlaira your period will likely become a lot lighter and therefore less painful.
Qlaira is a quadriphasic contraceptive pill, what does that mean in practice?
A strip of Qlaira consists of 28 pills in 5 different colours. It is vital that you take them in the correct order as the ingredients of the pills vary per phase of your menstrual cycle. The package of Qlaira includes stickers that you stick on the strip to indicate the days on which you take them.
The pills in the strip have the following colors and contents (E=estradiol, D=dienogest):
Dark yellow (3mg E), Medium red (2mg E+2mg D), Light yellow (2mg E+3mg D) and Dark red (1mg E). The strip also contains two white pills, these are placebo pills which do not contain any hormones.
As the Qlaira pills vary in their content, the directions on how to act when you forget a pill depend on which sort of pill you have forgotten. The patient information leaflet included in the package contains extensive information on the use of Qlaira and what to do when you forget a pill.
Can I use Qlaira?
Qlaira is contraindicated for women with the following conditions. You should not take Qlaira when you:
- Are allergic to any component of Qlaira
- Suffer from, or have suffered from diseases of the circulatory system, especially thrombosis
- Have a history of heart disease or heart attacks
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- suffer from severe migraines
- Have unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Side effects of Qlaira contraceptive pill
Women who use Qlaira might experience the following side effects:
- nausea and abdominal pain
- headaches and migraines
- breast tenderness, painful or tender breasts
- mood swings and depression
- weight gain
- breast growth
All forms of combination contraceptives increase the chance of thrombosis. This can develop atany time, regardless of how long you have used Qlaira. Thrombosis can block a vein or artery and thus even lead to death.
Interactions with Qlaira
Qlaira might interact with other drugs. This results in a decrease of the effectiveness of the pill and therefore an increased chance of an unwanted pregnancy.
One should therefore be careful when using Qlaira together with:
- Drugs for epilepsy
- Drugs for HIV and AIDS
- Certain types of antibiotics
- Medicines for infections
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