MICROGYNON 20 ED - CMI
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
This leaflet has been written to provide you with some background information on Microgynon 20 ED tablets and how you should
take this medicine. Your doctor and pharmacist have detailed information on Microgynon 20 ED tablets; they are trained to help
you to understand why you are taking this medicine.
Read this information carefully before you start taking Microgynon 20 ED tablets. Keep this leaflet in a handy place; you may wish
to refer to it again before you have finished taking these tablets. Please contact either your doctor, clinic or pharmacist if you have
any questions about your treatment with Microgynon 20 ED tablets or if you have any problems or difficulties before, during or after
taking Microgynon 20 ED tablets.
It is important to remember that Microgynon 20 ED tablets is a PRESCRIPTION ONLY MEDICINE - you should only use
Microgynon 20 ED tablets as directed by your doctor.
Microgynon 20 is the brand name for 21 small pink tablets containing 2 active ingredients; 20 micrograms of ethinyloestradiol (an
oestrogen hormone) and 100 micrograms of levonorgestrel (a progestogen hormone). The ED in the name refers to the "every day"
presentation where 7 white lactose containing placebos or "sugar tablets" are also included in the package, so that a tablet is
taken each day of the month instead of having a break.
Microgynon 20 ED's Aust R number is 63484. As well as its active ingredients, Microgynon 20 ED contains lactose, maize starch,
Povidone, pregelatinized starch, glycerol, magnesium stearate, sucrose, polyethylene glycol, calcium carbonate, talc, titanium
dioxide, red and yellow ferric oxide and wax.
Microgynon 20 ED is presented in PVC/Aluminium backed blister platforms of 28 (21 + 7) tablets with each tablet allocated to a
day of the week. It is sold in boxes containing 1 blister platform, contained within a protective aluminium pouch.
What is Microgynon 20 ED used for and how does it work?
Microgynon 20 ED is an oral contraceptive, commonly known as a "Birth Control Pill" or "The Pill" that has been prescribed to
prevent you from getting pregnant. Microgynon 20 ED prevents pregnancy in several ways:-
inhibiting the egg release by stopping it maturing changing the cervical mucus consistency making it difficult for the sperm to
reach the egg
changing the lining of the uterus making it less suitable for implantation.
When taken as directed Microgynon 20 ED is very effective at preventing pregnancy.
Your doctor may have prescribed Microgynon 20 ED for another purpose. Microgynon 20 ED can normalise periods which are
irregular or very painful or heavy, leading to iron loss and anaemia.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions why Microgynon 20 has been prescribed for you.
Microgynon 20 pills are not addictive.
Checklist before using Microgynon 20 ED
Before being prescribed Microgynon 20 ED your doctor should perform a thorough medical and gynaecological examination
(including the breasts). Your doctor will also note your family medical history.
The use of Oral Contraceptives such as Microgynon 20 ED by cigarette smokers may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
This risk increases with heavy smoking and advancing age and is quite marked in women over the age of 35 years. You should
therefore stop smoking if you want to use an oral contraceptive such as Microgynon 20 ED.
You must not use Microgynon 20 ED if any of the following apply to you:
you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant
you have a history of or currently have blood clots in the legs, brain, lungs or heart
you have had a heart attack or stroke
you have known or suspected cancer of the breast or lining of the womb, cervix or vagina
you have previous or existing liver tumours
you have jaundice or s