Please note – Cilest has been discontinued by the manufacturer, but you can still order alternative treatments
Cilest is a combined oral contraceptive pill. It needs to be taken on a daily basis to be effective.
Use our repeat prescription service to order your prescription for Cilest - our service is confidential and convenient. Our online doctor will review whether you can continue taking your pill and issue your prescription.
Once your prescription has been issued, you will receive it via post. You can use your Superdrug Online Doctor prescription to buy Cilest at any pharmacy in Ireland.
Use our online assessment to order. A Superdrug Online Doctor will complete your prescription and we'll post it to you.
How is Cilest taken?
Cilest needs to be taken at the same time every day in order to prevent pregnancy (this can be the time that is most convenient for you, as long as you stick to a routine and always take your pill then).
You can take the daily tablet with a drink of water.
Combined contraceptives like Cilest need to be taken for three weeks straight, followed by a one week break, when you’ll have your period. You are still protected from pregnancy during your pill-free week.
What happens if I forget one dose?
Try not to miss any tablets or to delay taking your pill. If you do forget to take the tablet at your usual time, take the tablet as soon as you remember and then take the next pill at the normal time, even if this means taking two pills in the same day.
You will still be protected as long as you take the pill within 12 hours of the time you usually take it.
If you have missed the 12 hour window for taking Cilest, you will need to use extra protection, like condoms, for seven days. Please read the Cilest patient leaflet for more detailed information on how to deal with a missed dose.
Can smokers use Cilest?
If you are over 35 and smoke, Cilest is not suitable for you. Taking a combined pill such as Cilest is associated with a slight increase in the risk of thrombosis and blood clots. Your GP may be able to recommend an estrogen-free mini pill which has no impact on your thrombosis risk.It is also important that you mention to your doctor if you are suffering from hypertension or high cholesterol before taking a hormonal contraceptive. The same applies if you drink a lot of alcohol, which may also mean you have a high risk of cardiovascular problems.
What is the active ingredient in Cilest?
Each Cilest pill contains 35 micrograms Ethinylestradiol and 250 micrograms Norgestimate.
Ethinylestradiol is a synthetic estrogen, which is used in many other contraceptive pills. Norgestimate is a synthetic version of progesterone.
Estrogen and progesterone are sex hormones which naturally occur in the body.
Do the ingredients in Cilest affect my fertility in the long run?
The hormones in Cilest only work as long as you take the pill.
If you would like to try for a baby, finish the blister pack of Cilest you are currently on and then stop at the end of that pack. Within approximately 1 to 2 weeks of having taken the last pill, you will ovulate, from which point on you will be able to get pregnant.