ELOINE is a contraceptive pill and is used to prevent pregnancy. Each of the 24 light pink film-coated tablets contains a small amount of two different female hormones, namely drospirenone and ethinylestradiol.
The 4 white film-coated tablets contain no active substances and are also called placebo tablets. Contraceptive pills that contain two hormones are called “combination” pills.
Uses / Instructions
Take one tablet of ELOINE every day, if necessary with a small amount of water. You may take the tablets with or without food, but you should take the tablets every day around the same time.
In some situations you need to take special care while using ELOINE or any other combination pill, and your doctor may need to examine you regularly. If the condition develops, or gets worse while you are using ELOINE, you should also tell your doctor.
• if a close relative has or has ever had breast cancer
• if you have a disease of the liver or the gallbladder
• if you have diabetes
• if you have depression
• if you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease);
• if you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE – a disease affecting your natural defence
• if you have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS – a disorder of blood clotting causing failure of kidneys);
• if you have sickle cell anaemia (an inherited disease of the red blood cells);
• if you have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a positive family
history for this condition. Hypertriglyceridaemia has been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas);
• if you need an operation, or you are off your feet for a long time
• if you have just given birth you are at an increased risk of blood clots. You should ask your doctor how soon after delivery you can start taking ELOINE;
• If you have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis);
• If you have varicose veins;
• if you have epilepsy (see page 10 “Other medicines and ELOINE”)
• if you have a disease that first appeared during pregnancy or earlier use of sex hormones (for example, hearing loss, a blood disease called porphyria, skin rash with blisters during pregnancy (gestational herpes), a nerve disease causing sudden movements of the body (Sydenham’s chorea))
• if you have or have ever had golden brown pigment patches (chloasma), so called
“pregnancy patches”, especially on the face. If this is the case, avoid direct exposure to
sunlight or ultraviolet light.
• If you have hereditary a
Common side effects (between 1 and 10 in every 100 users may be affected):
– mood swings
– breast pain, problems with your periods, such as irregular periods, absence of periods
See patient information leaflet for more details.
The active substances are:
Ethinylestradiol (as betadex clathrate) and drospirenone.
Each light pink active film-coated tablet contains 0.020 milligram ethinylestradiol (as
betadex clathrate) and 3 milligram drospirenone.
• The white film-coated tablets do not contain active substances.
The other ingredients are:
• Light pink active film-coated tablets:
• Tablet core: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, magnesium stearate (E470b)
• Tablet film-coating: hypromellose (E464), talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide red (E172).
• White inactive film-coated tablets:
• Tablet core: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (E470b)
• Tablet film-coating: hypromellose (E464), talc (E553b) and titanium dioxide (E171).