Marvelon Tabs 63’s
Marvelon is a combined oral contraceptive pill. It is used to prevent pregnancy, and it works by stopping ovulation and making it difficult for sperm to reach an egg. When taken correctly it is around 99% effective.
What is Marvelon?
Marvelon is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill. Contraceptives are used to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of contraception – hormonal methods, such as pills that you take, patches or injections, and barrier methods, such as condoms or vaginal films.
Marvelon is available on prescription only. You must have a prescription before you buy it from Pill Pharm. Alternatively, we can prescribe it to you following a brief online consultation. Contact us to find out more.
The active ingredients in Marvelon are desogestrel and ethinylestradiol. For more information, consult the patient information leaflet.
How it works
Marvelon contains synthetic versions of two types of female sex hormones – oestrogen and progestogen. These hormones prevent an egg from being released from your ovaries. As a result, you cannot get pregnant. Marvelon also thickens cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
Marvelon may take up to seven days to being working properly. During this time, you should ensure that you use adequate additional contraception to avoid pregnancy.
Before you take it
Do not take Marvelon if you are allergic to the active ingredients desogestrel or ethinylestradiol, or any of the other ingredients in this medicine. A full list is available in the patient information leaflet. Speak to your doctor, who will be able to recommend an alternative contraceptive medicine.
Marvelon will not prevent against sexually transmitted infections. No oral contraceptive will do this. You must ensure to use a condom if you want to protect against sexually transmitted infections.
Do not take Marvelon if you are over 35 years old or are a heavy smoker.
Marvelon and other hormonal contraceptive pills slightly increase your risk of experiencing a blood clot. If a blood clot breaks away from the veins where it formed, it can reach and block the arteries of the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism, which may be fatal. If you have a known problem with, or a family history of blood clotting, speak to a doctor before taking Marvelon.
Marvelon is linked to a small increase in the risk of developing breast cancer. Your doctor may wish to perform more regular examinations on you while you are taking it. This may include examination of your reproductive organs, examination of your breasts or a cervical smear test. They may also wish to check your blood pressure.
Do not take Marvelon in conjunction with any other form of hormonal contraception. Mixing hormonal contraceptives can cause a rise in blood pressure. One hormonal contraceptive is enough to prevent pregnancy. You can, for extra protection, use non-hormonal contraceptives alongside Marvelon, such as condoms or vaginal films.
This medicine will not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Marvelon may interact with certain other medications. Do not take Marvelon before speaking with a doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- Medicines for epilepsy, including primidone, phenytoin or phenobarbital
- Medicines for tuberculosis, including rifampicin
- Medicines to treat HIV, including ritonavir and efavirenz
- Medicines to treat an infectious disease, such as griseofulvin
- Antidepressants such as St John’s Wort
- Medicines to treat high blood pressure, such as bosentan
This is not a complete list of warnings and interactions. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet.
Take this medicine exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Never exceed the stated dose. If you are in any way unsure of how to take Marvelon, consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
This medicine comes as a calendar pack of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week. Take your pill at the same time each day. Once you have finished taking all the pills, have 7 days where you take no pills. Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed, like a period. Start your next pack on time even if this bleed has not stopped.
You do not need extra contraception during these seven pill-free days. As long as you take Marvelon correctly, you will always start each new pack on the same day of the week.
Store Marvelon in a cool, dry place, free from heat and moisture. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets.
Common Side Effects of Marvelon
Like all contraceptive pills, Marvelon may cause side effects. These are usually mild to moderate in nature. However, if they concern you, you may wish to consult your doctor. Side effects can include:
- Weight gain
- Breast tenderness or pain
- Depression or mood changes
- Nausea or abdominal pain
Marvelon can also cause more serious side effects. These are rare, but if you experience them you should go to your doctor. Side effects may include:
- Fluid retention
- Increased sexual desire
- Breast enlargement
Marvelon may also cause a serious allergic reaction. This is very rare, but if you experience an allergic reaction you must seek emergency medical help immediately. Symptoms include:
- Hives or nettle rash
- Trouble breathing or speaking
- Skin rash – swelling, peeling, blistering, redness
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, mouth or throat
This is not a complete list of side effects. For a full list, consult the patient information leaflet.