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Cilique

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Cilique is a combined contraceptive pill that is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. It contains 2 versions of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. 

Order Cilique online using a simple questionnaire, so long as you are aged between 16 and 50 and female. Your order will be reviewed by one of our doctors, who can approve the right treatment.

We will then deliver your pills, or you can pick them up from a post office or in any Superdrug store.

Last reviewed: 04-06-2020 by Dr Simran Deo

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To place an order, fill in a brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order and prescribe a suitable treatment.


3 months (63 tablets) £25.00
6 months (126 tablets) £35.00

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About Cilique

Like other combined oral contraceptives, Cilique: 

  • stops eggs from being released from your ovaries (ovulation) 
  • thickens the fluid (mucus) in your cervix to make it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb
  • thins the lining of the womb (endometrium), making it harder for a fertilised egg to attach and grow

Cilique is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, if taken at the same time each day. But this may reduce to 91% effectiveness if you:

  • forget to take the pill
  • forget to restart the pill pack at the right time
  • are sick (vomit) or have diarrhoea 
  • take other medicines that make the pill less effective

Cilique comes in a strip of 21 pills, each marked with a day of the week. Take Cilique with water, as follows:

  1. take your 1st pill on the 1st day of your period
  2. you should take the pill at the same time each day 
  3. take your pill on the correct day of the week, as marked on the pack 
  4. take a 7 day break from the pill before starting the next pack

During the 7 day break, you’ll get what is known as a ‘withdrawal bleed’ which is like a period

You do not need to use extra contraception during the 7 day break. But you should make sure you start the next strip of pills on time to continue being protected from pregnancy. 

What should I do if I miss a pill?

  • If you miss a pill and remember within 24 hours, you should take the missed pill and then take the next pill at the normal time. You will still be protected from getting pregnant
  • If you forget to take your pill for more than 24 hours, you may be at risk of getting pregnant. Follow our doctor’s guidance on what to do, or check the patient information leaflet

Other ways of taking Cilique

There are other ways of taking Cilique which are not mentioned in the patient information leaflet, but which are also safe. You can:

  • take 1 pill a day for 9 weeks then no pills for the next 7 days, or you can take a 4 day break
  • take 1 pill a day every day with no break

We suggest that you talk to your GP to decide which is the best way for you to take Cilique. 

If you start taking Cilique in the 1st 5 days of your period it will provide protection from pregnancy straight away. 

If you start taking Cilique any time after day 5 of your period, you’re only protected once you have taken it every day for 7 days in a row. During the first 7 days of taking Cilique, you will need to use condoms to protect against pregnancy.

Cilique may cause side effects, although not everyone will get them. 

  • Most side effects should go after up to 3 months, as your body adjusts to the pill
  • If the side effects do not get better after 3 months or become worse, you must see your doctor
  • Your doctor may investigate your symptoms to see if there are serious underlying causes
  • If Cilique is not suitable for you because of side effects, your doctor may offer alternative suggestions for contraception 

Common side effects:

  • nausea
  • headache
  • migraine
  • breast pain
  • vaginal discharge
  • vaginal thrush infection
  • changes in your period
  • mood changes

Uncommon side effects:

  • acne 
  • eczema
  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
  • changes in blood pressure
  • breast enlargement 
  • changes in libido
  • hair loss
  • fluid retention
  • changes in weight to less or more

Rare side effects:

  • skin changes
  • nipple discharge 
  • hypersensitivity
  • reduced hearing
  • blood clots
  • asthma

Will I gain weight when taking Cilique?

Although weight gain is listed as a common side effect in the patient information leaflet, studies have shown no clear link between taking the combined pill and weight gain. 

Cilique may not be suitable for you if you: 

  • have a raised BMI
  • are a smoker and are over the age of 35 
  • take any other medications such as statins for high cholesterol

Or if you have/have had:

  • a history of migraines with aura
  • a heart attack or stroke
  • unexplained vagina bleeding
  • a previous history or family history of blood clots
  • high blood pressure
  • high levels of cholesterol
  • a history of breast cancer (Cilique can be used after 5 years if there's no evidence of disease and non-hormonal methods are unsuitable)
  • cervical cancer
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • kidney or liver problems
  • Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel disease
  • depression
  • sickle cell anaemia
  • lupus
  • varicose veins
  • epilepsy 
  • allergies to any of the ingredients in Cilique

If you are in any of these categories, it could be that a progesterone-only (mini pill) is more suitable for you, but you should always talk with your doctor about any conditions you have. They’ll be able to help you choose a suitable form of contraception.

Some medications and supplements may stop Cilique from working properly. These include: 

  • blood pressure medication
  • anti-epileptics
  • anti-virals to treat HIV or Hepatitis C
  • anti-fungals  
  • antibiotics to treat tuberculosis (TB)
  • immunosuppressants for arthritis
  • herbal treatments like St John’s wort

Cilique may also stop other medicines from working properly – tell your doctor about anything you’re taking, including over the counter preparations and herbal remedies. For a full list of medications that can interact with Cilique, see the information leaflet.

Cilique may increase your chances of having the following conditions:

  • blood clots – because of the levels of oestrogens in Cilique, a blood clot is slightly more likely while you are taking this pill. These can increase clotting in the blood. Common symptoms to be aware of are sharp chest pain, coughing up blood, swollen and painful legs and sudden rapid heartbeat or breathing
  • breast cancer – combined contraceptive pills contain oestrogen, which can increase the speed at which breast cells grow. This can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer. It is important to check for breast lumps regularly whether you are on a contraceptive pill or not, and to tell your doctor about suspect lumps
  • cervical cancer – oestrogen in the combined contraceptive pill can cause some cancer-promoting genes to become more active, and can lead to an increased danger of cervical cancer. Whether or not you are on a contraceptive, you must have regular cervical screenings. The NHS offers cervical screening for women aged 25 to 64, to help pick up any unusual cell changes in your cervix

You should talk about the potential risks of taking Cilique with your GP.

Can I drink alcohol on Cilique?

Drinking alcohol when you're on Cilique is fine. It will not make your pill any less effective in stopping you from getting pregnant, and it will not may side effects more likely. 

Still, to protect your health you should try and drink within the recommended limits for alcohol. 

Can I take painkillers on Cilique?

It's usually fine to take painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol while you are using Cilique – they will not make your pill less likely to stop you getting pregnant, and they will not make potential side effects more likely.

Can I take the morning after pill on Cilique?

Yes, but the morning after pill (ellaOne or Levonelle) can make Cilique less likely to work. 

If you use ellaOne, you should wait for 5 days after taking it before re-starting your Cilique pill. You should also use an extra type of contraception like condoms for at least 12 days after using ellaOne.

If you use the Levonelle, you should use an extra type of contraception like condoms for at least 7 days after taking it. But, unlike with ellaOne, you can restart Cilique straight away after using Levonelle.

Can I delay my period when I’m taking Cilique?

You can easily delay your period on Cilique by simply not taking your usual 7-day break, and instead starting your next pack of pills straight away and skipping your pill-free week. 

It’s always a good idea to speak to a GP before changing the way you take your medication.

Can I take Cilique if I’m breastfeeding?

It’s not recommended that you take Cilique if you’re breastfeeding, because it can affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about other types of contraception you could try while you're breastfeeding, including barrier methods like condoms.

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