Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill, otherwise just called ‘the pill’. When it’s used correctly, Rigevidon is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. Rigevidon has the exact same ingredients as the other combined pills Microgynon 30 and Ovranette.
You can get the pill by using a dedicated online medical service like ZAVA, or by visiting your local GP. Always make sure that the site you use to order your medication is licensed, registered, and uses trusted medical professionals.
Through the ZAVA online service, we only offer repeat prescriptions of Rigevidon. If you haven’t used it before, you’ll need to get your first prescription from your GP.
After that, simply fill in our brief questionnaire online, and one of our doctors will review your order and prescribe you the pill if it’s right for you. After that, our pharmacy will post your pills directly to you.
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Buy Rigevidon online
Buying medication online couldn’t be easier. You can only order Rigevidon from on online service like ZAVA as a repeat prescription, which means that you’ll need to have had your first prescription from your GP, in-person.
To order a repeat prescription from ZAVA, simply fill in a short medical questionnaire, so that our doctors can assess your current health needs and medical history. They’ll tell you whether or not Rigevidon is right for you. If they decide it is, our pharmacy will deliver it straight to your door using our discreet standard delivery service.
Rigevidon is a combined oral contraceptive pill, which contains a combination of the hormones levonorgestrel (150 μg) and ethinylestradiol (30 μg).
The daily dose of Rigevidon is 1 pill per day for 21 days until the strip is empty. Try to take your pill at the same time every day – for example, after breakfast. After 21 days, there will be 7 days when you take no pills – it’s likely that during this time you’ll experience a withdrawal bleed that looks and feels a lot like your usual monthly period.
After these 7 days, you should start your next strip of 21 pills on the following (8th) day, even if your bleed continues, completing your full monthly cycle of 28 days.
If you’ve taken your Rigevidon pills properly, you should always start every new strip on the same day of the week each month.
The active ingredients of Rigevidon are levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol, which are synthetic versions of the sex hormones known as oestrogen and progesterone. Of the inactive ingredients in Rigevidon, lactose and sucrose are included. If you’re allergic to either of these ingredients, talk to your doctor before taking this pill.
Active ingredients of a medicine are the ingredients that are biologically active, which means that they have a measurable therapeutic effect. Inactive ingredients don’t affect the therapeutic action of the drug.
Common side effects
The most common side effects of Rigevidon are:
- mood swings or depression
- decreased libido (desire to have sex)
- nausea (feeling sick)
- stomach pain
- breast enlargement or pain
- irregular bleeding
- painful periods
You should seek urgent medical attention if you ever notice signs of a blood clot, either in your leg (DVT), or lung (pulmonary embolism), or a heart attack or stroke. Using a hormonal contraceptive slightly increases your chances of having a blood clot.
Rigevidon is a type of combined oral contraceptive pill, which is also known as ‘the pill’. It contains two different sex hormones, progesterone and oestrogen. When used properly, it stops you from getting pregnant.
It works in three ways:
- By stopping your ovaries from releasing their monthly egg (ovulation)
- By thickening the fluid of your cervix (the neck of your womb) so that it’s more difficult for sperm to reach an egg
- By making the lining of your womb less hospitable for a fertilised egg, so that it’s less likely to be implanted
If taken correctly, the pill is a very reliable and effective reversible form of contraception (over 99%). However, it’s important to remember that hormonal contraceptives like Rigevidon won’t protect you from getting an STI. The only safe way to prevent STI’s is to use a barrier method, like condoms.
Rigevidon comes in tablet form. You should take it orally (via the mouth), with or without water or food, however is most comfortable for you.
Follow the directions for dosage as detailed in your patient information leaflet. Rigevidon should be taken once a day (at around the same time every day), for 21 days. After this 21 days, your pill strip will be finished, and you can take a break of 7 days when you don’t take any pills.
During this 7-day break, you’ll probably experience a withdrawal bleed that looks and feels a lot like your usual monthly period (menstruation). After this 7 days is up – on the 8th day – start on your next new strip and begin your next cycle.
Rigevidon is a prescription medication, which means you can only take it if it has been prescribed to you by a licensed doctor.
To order Rigevidon online, you must get your first prescription from your local GP. They’ll work out whether or not it’s safe or suitable for you to use. Once you’ve had your first prescription, you can order repeat prescriptions online.
Simply fill out the short medical questionnaire on our website, and one of our doctors will review your answers to assess your suitability for the combined pill. If they decide that you’re eligible for Rigevidon, our pharmacy will post you out your order for a course of treatment.
Like any medication, Rigevidon won’t be suitable for everyone.
You should be extra careful about using Rigevidon if either you or anyone in your family has had blood clots. Check carefully with your family to find out if you have a history if you don’t already know, and let your doctor know this before going on the pill.
You shouldn’t take Rigevidon if you have any of the following conditions:
- A history of blood clotting (DVT, pulmonary embolus, or anywhere else on your body)
- A blood clotting disorder (like protein C or S deficiencies, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden, or antiphospholipid antibodies)
- You’ve had a recent operation or are off your feet for a long time
- Heart attack or stroke
- Angina pectoris or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- Very high blood pressure or high fat levels in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides)
- Severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
- Hyperhomocysteinaemia (a condition that could increase your risk of a clot in your arteries)
- A history of breast or genital organ cancer
- Liver disease, a tumour of the liver, or abnormal liver function
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- You’re allergic (hypersensitive) to any of Rigevidon’s listed ingredients
- You have hepatitis C and are taking any medical treatments containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir/dasabuvir
If you’re unsure about whether or not Rigevidon is right for you, check with your doctor.
If you ever forget to take one or more of your Rigevidon pills, you should follow these instructions. They vary depending on how long it ‘s been since you should have taken your usual pill, and on how many pills you have missed.
If it’s been less than 12 hours: take your late pill as soon as you remember, and continue the next day as usual, even if this means taking more than two pills in one day. You will still be protected against pregnancy.
If it’s been more than 12 hours: take your late pill as soon as you remember. Your protection against pregnancy might be affected, so you should use an extra barrier method, like condoms, if you have sex.
If you’ve missed more than one pill: ask your doctor for advice. You may need to take the morning after pill if you’ve had sex since your missed pills, as you could be at risk of pregnancy.
Uncommon and rare side effects of Rigevidon include:
- raised blood pressure levels
- cramps or bloating
- changes in hair growth
- allergic reaction
- eye irritation when wearing contacts
- yellowed skin (jaundice)
- a skin condition called erythema nodosum
There are certain medications that can react badly when taken with Rigevidon, by having an influence on your blood levels, causing unexpected bleeding, or by making it less effective in preventing pregnancy.
You shouldn’t take any of the following medications while using Rigedivon:
- Epilepsy treatment (primidone, phenytoin, barbiturates, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine)
- Tuberculosis treatment (rifampicin)
- HIV and Hepititis C treatments (like ritonavir, nevirapin, efavirenz)
- Fungal infection treatment (giseofulvin)
- Arthritis or arthrosis treatment (etoricoxib)
- Certain high blood pressure treatments (bosentan)
- The herbal remedy St. John’s wort
Certain antibiotics may also affect your hormonal contraceptives. Make sure your doctor knows you’re on Rigevidon before you start any new medical treatments.
Alcohol doesn’t necessarily react badly with Rigevidon, but remember that you might be more likely to miss a pill, or even vomit up your pill, if you’ve been drinking too much.
You shouldn’t take Rigevidon during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. If you become pregnant or think you might be, you should stop taking your pill and talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
If you’re in need of contraception after giving birth, visit your nurse or GP to discuss your options. They may recommend that you use an alternative barrier method, like condoms.
Several people decide to use hormonal contraception because they hope it will help clear up their spots or skin conditions. The link between the pill and acne still hasn’t been properly researched, but there are lots of users who are very happy with the results.
On the other hand, one of the most common side effects from using Rigevidon is acne. For certain people, combined pills won’t help your acne and could even make it worse.
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Contraceptive pills are a reliable way of reducing your risk of getting pregnant from sex. ZAVA offers most common brands of pill, so you can order your preferred brand by visiting our contraceptive pill service page.
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