Lucette is a contraceptive pill and is used to prevent pregnancy.
Each tablet contains a small amount of two different female hormones, namely ethinylestradiol and drospirenone.
Contraceptive pills that contain two hormones are called “combination” pills.
Uses / Instructions
Take one tablet of Lucette every day, if necessary with a small amount of water. You may take the tablets with or without food, but you should take the tablets every day around the same time.
Then take no tablets for 7 days. In the course of these 7 tablet-free days (otherwise called a stop or gap week) bleeding should begin. This so-called “withdrawal bleeding” usually starts on the 2nd or 3rd day of the gap week.
- if a close relative who has ever had breast cancer.
- if you have a disease of the liver or the gallbladder.
- if you have diabetes.
- if you have depression.
- if you have epilepsy.
- if you have a disease that first appeared during pregnancy or earlier use of sex hormones (for example, hearing loss, a blood disease called porphyria, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice), itching of the whole body (pruritus), skin rash with blisters during pregnancy (gestational herpes), a nerve disease causing sudden movements of the body (Sydenham’s chorea)).
- if you have ever had chloasma (a discolouration of the skin especially on the face or neck known as “pregnancy patches”). If so, avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light.
- if you have hereditary angioedema, products containing oestrogens may cause or worsen the symptoms. You should see your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of angioedema such as swollen face, tongue and/or throat and/or difficulty swallowing or hives together with difficulty breathing.
- if you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel disease).
- if you have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE – a disease affecting your natural defence system).
- if you have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS – a disorder of blood clotting causing failure of the kidneys).
- if you have sickle cell anaemia (an inherited disease of the red blood cells).
- if you have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a positive family history for this condition. Hypertriglyceridaemia has been associated with an increased risk of developing pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
- if you have if you need an operation, or you are off your feet for a long time (see in section 2‘Blood clots’).
- if you have just given birth you are at an increased risk of blood clots. You should ask your doctor how soon after delivery you can start taking Lucette.
- if you have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis).
- if you have varicose veins.
See patient information leaflet for more details.
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- menstrual disorders, bleeding between periods, breast pain, breast tenderness
- headache, depressive mood
- thick, whitish vaginal discharge, vaginal yeast infection.
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- breast enlargement, changes in interest in sex
- high blood pressure, low blood pressur
- vomiting, diarrhoea
- acne, skin rash, severe itching, hair loss (alopecia)
- infection of the vagina
- fluid retention
- body weight changes
The active substances are 0.03 mg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone in each tablet.
The other ingredients are:
Tablet core: lactose monohydrate, pregelatinised maize starch, maize starch, povidone K-25, magnesium stearate
Film-coating: polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide (E171), talc (E553b), macrogol 3350, lecithin (soya)