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OverviewOther known brand namesAbout QlairaKey facts of QlairaWho is Qlaira not suitable for?How and where to get Qlaira?Dosage and strength for Qlaira for contraceptionInformation about how to take Qlaira for contraceptionWhat happens if you take too much Qlaira?What are the side effects of Qlaira?Information about taking Qlaira at the same time as other medications or herbal supplementsWhy might Qlaira not work for contraception?Can Qlaira taken for contraception be taken long term?Is there a herbal Qlaira?Can women use Qlaira?Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Qlaira?Alternatives to QlairaSourcesPeople also asked
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Medically reviewed by Navin Khosla, BPharm and written by Rajive Patel, BPharm - Updated on 26 Jan 2024
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Other known brand names

Microgynon 30 ED, Levest, Rigevidon

About Qlaira

Qlaira is a combined hormonal contraceptive used to provide protection against pregnancy. It contains dienogest, a progesterone and estradiol valerate, an oestrogen as its active ingredients.

Qlaira works by stopping the release of an egg each month from the ovaries, preventing ovulation during the menstrual cycle. It also makes cervical mucus thicker, making it more difficult for sperm to pass through the cervix, and makes the lining of the womb thinner, so fertilised eggs are less likely to implant in the uterus wall.

Now Patient offers the Qlaira birth control pills for the prevention of pregnancy only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Qlaira

  • For the prevention of pregnancy
  • There is no evidence that the Qlaira causes weight gain
  • Qlaira has some common side effects which include headache and migraine
  • It can be dangerous if you take Qlaira with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician
  • Qlaira will not prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Who is Qlaira not suitable for?

Qlaira may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before taking Qlaira if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredients dienogest or estradiol valerate, or inactive ingredients such as lactose
  • Have ever had a blood clot in the leg or lungs
  • Have a family history of heart attacks or stroke
  • Have ever had angina or transient ischaemic attack
  • Suffer from migraines with aura
  • Have a liver disease or any other liver problems
  • Have kidney failure
  • Have ever had breast cancer or cancer of the cervix, vagina or uterus
  • Have unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • Have suffered from jaundice, pemphigoid gestationis (a rash involving blisters of the hands and feet), or pruritus while pregnant
  • Have a family history of breast cancer
  • Have diabetes
  • Have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Have haemolytic uraemic syndrome, high blood cholesterol, or sickle cell anaemia
  • Have epilepsy
  • Have systemic lupus erythematosus

How and where to get Qlaira?

Qlaira is available with a prescription only. It is not available over the counter at a pharmacy.

Now Patient does not allow customers to buy Qlaira directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for a contraceptive, you can discuss if Qlaira is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by Now Patient.

Dosage and strength for Qlaira for contraception

Qlaira contains:

  • 2 dark yellow tablets containing 3 mg estradiol valerate
  • 5 light red tablets containing 2 mg estradiol valerate and 2 mg dienogest
  • 17 light yellow tablets containing 2 mg estradiol valerate and 3 mg dienogest
  • 2 dark red tablets containing 1 mg estradiol valerate
  • 2 white inactive pills

Information about how to take Qlaira for contraception

Take 1 tablet daily at the same time each day. Each strip will contain 26 active tablets and 2 white inactive tablets. Choose the weekday sticker that starts with the day you begin taking Qlaira. Follow the arrow on the wallet until all 28 tablets have been taken. Start the next strip the next day. You may have withdrawal bleeding when you take the second dark red tablet or the white tablets.

If you forget to take a Qlaira tablet, take the missed pill as soon as you are able to do so. You will need to use extra precautions such as a condom for the next 7 days. Also, read the patient information leaflet or speak to your healthcare provider if you need further medical advice.

What happens if you take too much Qlaira?

If you take more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have taken too much Qlaira and you experience any of the following side effects.

What are the side effects of Qlaira?

Side effects of Qlaira are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Breast pain
  • Weight changes
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Mood changes
  • Headache and migraine
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal thrush
  • High blood pressure
  • Hair loss

Serious side effects include:

  • Increased risk of blood clots
  • Cervical cancer

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about taking Qlaira at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Qlaira. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements or other medications such as:

  • Epilepsy treatments – phenytoin or carbamazepine
  • Rifampicin
  • HIV medicines – ritonavir
  • Hepatitis C medicines – telaprevir or boceprevir
  • Antifungal medicines – ketoconazole or griseofulvin
  • St John’s Wort
  • Medicines for high blood pressure, chest pain or irregular heartbeats – diltiazem or verapamil

Why might Qlaira not work for contraception?

Qlaira may not work for you and common reasons may be:

  • Missed pills
  • Taking other medicines that interfere with Qlaira
  • Qlaira not being absorbed due to vomiting and diarrhoea

Can Qlaira taken for contraception be taken long term?

Using medication like Qlaira is safe, provided your doctor has approved it. You should speak to your doctor when deciding to stay on hormonal contraception long term.

Is there a herbal Qlaira?

No. Herbal Qlaira does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use Qlaira?

Women can take Qlaira for contraception, but it is not advised when breast-feeding. Speak to your doctor if you are considering taking Qlaira while you are breast-feeding.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Qlaira?

You can eat and drink normally when taking Qlaira.

Alternatives to Qlaira

Alternative methods of contraception include:

  • Implants
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Oral birth control pills (combined oral contraceptive pill and progestogen only pill)
  • Vaginal rings
  • Barrier method – condoms, diaphragms
  • Tubal ligation and vasectomy
  • Emergency contraception

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The information provided here about medications is subject to change and is not meant to include all uses, precautions, warnings, directions, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or negative effects. The absence of warnings or other information for a particular medication does not imply that the medication or medication combination is appropriate for all patients or for all possible purposes.

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