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Cilique is a combined pill taken by women for contraception. It comes in a strip of 21 pills, you take a pill every day for 21 days and then have a pill free break for 7 days.
Cilique contains the same active ingredients as a well-known combined pill called Cilest – norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol. Because of this, both Cilest and Cilique are the same in terms of the way they work and side effects they cause. If you want to switch from Cilest to Cilique, then you should finish your 21 day pill pack with Cilest before starting Cilique straight afterwards.
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Cilique is a combined pill, which is used for contraception. It contains two active ingredients, a type of progesterone called ‘norgestimate’ and a type of estrogen called ‘ethinyl estradiol’. With each tablet, you’re taking 250 micrograms of norgestimate and 35 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol.
Cilique is a type of combined pill, It’s suitable for most women, but you shouldn’t take it if you’re pregnant. Other reasons you might not be able to use Cilique are if you:
- Are very overweight
- Smoke and are 35 or older
- Take specific medications (you should ask your GP about this)
- Have any current or past health conditions that make Cilique unsafe
You should make sure you read the complete list of warnings on the patient leaflet that came with the medication. It’s important that you inform your doctor of any previous illnesses or current conditions affecting your health.
Placing an order for Cilique at Superdrug Online Doctor is a simple and convenient process. You just need to take the following steps:
- Fill out a short online assessment about things like your health and lifestyle
- Place an order for Cilique, choosing whether you want a three-month or six-month course of pills
- One of the doctors at Superdrug Online Doctor will check your assessment answers to see if your order is suitable for you
- If the doctor thinks the order is suitable for you, then it can be posted to your preferred address or you can collect it from a local post office instead
Take Cilique every day for 21 days:
- Cilique comes in a strip of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week. You should follow the direction of the arrows on the strip and take one pill each day at the same time. The pill you take each day should be labelled with the right day of the week
- Swallow each pill whole, with water if necessary. Do not chew the pill
Have seven pill-free days. After you’ve taken all 21 pills in the strip, you have seven days when you have a break from taking pills
Start your next strip of pills:
- Start taking your next strip of Cilique after the seven pill-free days – even if you’re still bleeding. Always start the new strip on time
- As long as you take Cilique correctly, you’ll always start each new strip on the same day of the week
If you miss any dosages or take your pills late, then your pill might be less effective, and you could be at an increased risk of becoming pregnant. The chance of you becoming pregnant depends on how many pills you’ve missed and when you missed them. Generally, missing one pill or starting a new strip one day late won’t increase your risk of pregnancy. If you miss more than one pill or start a strip more than one day late, you might be at a risk of becoming pregnant.
Both Cilest and Cilique are combined pills, which contain the same active ingredients – ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate. Cilest is better known than Cilique, but both of these medications are chemically the same and they:
- Work in the same way: both Cilest and Cilique prevent pregnancy by stopping an egg from being released from your ovaries, and thicken the fluid in your cervix to make it difficult for sperm to enter your womb
- Cause similar side effects: for example, both Cilest and Cilique can increase your risk of having a blood clot in the veins and arteries
- Need to be taken in the same way: you take your Cilest or Cilique pill for 21 days and then have 7 days pill-free
Cilique and Cilest are also different in a few ways:
- Manufacturer: Cilest and Cilique are manufactured by different companies. Cilest is manufactured by Janssen-Cilag Ltd and Cilique is manufactured by Consilient Health Ltd.
- Cost: Cilique is cheaper than Cilest for the NHS to acquire. A three-month course of Cilest costs £7.16 and of Cilique costs £4.65, according to NHS prices. The NHS offer both for free. You can also order your contraceptive Pill online through Superdrug Online Doctor. Prices include delivery, prescription, and consultation costs.
- Appearance: both Cilique and Cilest are blue, round tablets. The difference is Cilest is also coated with a film and has the numbers '0 250' printed on one side and '35' on the other side.
Cilest and Cilique contain the same active ingredients – ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate. This makes them chemically identical and means that you could technically use them in place of each other, without reducing your contraceptive protection or causing yourself any harm.
Normally, you could start taking Cilique the next day after having taken the last active tablet of your previous pack of contraceptive pills but no later than the day after your normal pill-free week, i.e. right after the end of you current pack of Cilest. So, if you want to switch from Cilest to Cilique, we recommend you first finish your pack of Cilest completely.
At Superdrug Online Doctor, if you want to switch to Cilique while you’re on Cilest, then it’s very simple to place an order. Because the two medications have the same active ingredients, the process is just like if you want to reorder Cilest.
Like all medications, Cilique can cause side effects. Even though not everyone experiences these, it’s a good idea for you to take the time to read the patient leaflet that comes with Cilique and become familiar with them. If you’re unsure about anything you’ve read, you should talk to your doctor.
Some of the very common side effects are:
- Stomach problems – nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea
- Bleeding/spotting between your periods
- Painful/unusual periods
Some of the common side effects are:
- Painful breasts
- Vaginal discharge
- Weight gain
- Swelling (hands, ankles, feet)
- Stomach problems – ache, constipation, bloating
- Skin issues – acne, rash
- Muscle spasms, pain (legs, arms, back)
- Mood changes
- Difficulty speaking
- No menstrual periods
NICE (2018). Ethinylestradiol with norgestimate. [online] Available at: https://bnf.nice.org.uk/medicinal-forms/ethinylestradiol-with-norgestimate.html [Accessed 18 November 2018]
EMC (2016). Cilest 35/ 250 micrograms film-coated tablets. [online] Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/6900/pil [accessed 18 November 2018].
EMC (2016). Cilique 250/ 35 microgram tablets. [online] Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/2011/pil [accessed 18 November 2018].