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Pack of 28 Qlaira estradiol valerate/dienogest film-coated oral tablets

Qlaira is a new type of combined oral contraceptive pill, one of only two available worldwide that contains the active ingredient oestradiol.

To place a prescription order for contraception, fill in our short online questionnaire.

One of our doctors will check if the contraception is suitable for you and issue your prescription to a local pharmacy in Ireland or your home address. Alternatively, you can choose to have your medication delivered directly to your door.

A consultation for contraception prescription costs €21.50.

Medical consultation with prescription if necessary - €21.50
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How to take Qlaira

Always follow the directions given to you by your healthcare professional. Each pack contains 28 pills. There are five different types of pill in each pack, which are different colours. Four of the types of coloured pills contain hormones at different strengths, and the white pills do not contain any hormones.

Qlaira pills are numbered to make it easy to see that you have taken the right pill, and there are also helpful stick-on strips in each pack to tell you on which day of the week you should take each pill. The last two white tablets in each pack are inactive.

It is better to take Qlaira around the same time every day, with or without food.

Qlaira active ingredients

The active ingredients in Qlaira tablets are oestradiol and dienogest at varying strengths.

  • two dark yellow tablets contain 3 mg oestradiol
  • five medium red tablets contain 2 mg oestradiol and 2mg dienogest
  • 17 light yellow tablets contain 2 mg oestradiol and 3 mg dienogest
  • two dark red tablets contain 1 mg oestradiol
  • two white tablets contain no active ingredients

Common side effects (affecting between 1 and 10 in every 100 users)

  • headache
  • abdominal pain, nausea
  • acne
  • loss of periods, sore breasts, painful periods, irregular bleeding (and heavy irregular bleeding)
  • weight gain

You may experience irregular periods, spotting, and breakthrough bleeding when you first start taking Qlaira. If you don't have a withdrawal bleed for two months in a row, take a pregnancy test before you start the next pack.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is an IMC and GMC registered GP who works with our Irish team here at ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training at Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Last reviewed: 12 Mar 2019