Too busy to see your GP? Order your repeat prescription for the contraceptive pill online from Superdrug Online Doctor. You can choose between a prescription for 3 months or a 6-month course.
Just complete a short health questionnaire and one of our doctors will review your order. One of our doctors will confirm whether it’s safe for you to keep using the pill, and they’ll issue your prescription.
We prescribe all common brands of the contraceptive pill that are currently available in Ireland. You can use your prescription to buy your contraceptive pill at any Irish pharmacy.
This service is for people already using the contraceptive pill. We will supply you with a prescription for the same pill you already use, so you shouldn't experience any new or different side effects. The contraceptive pill can cause a different side effects in different women.
There are a number of other methods of contraception including condoms, the coil and contraceptive implants.
Both pills work by:
The combined pill
The mini pill
The most popular type of contraceptive pill is the combined pill, not only because it’s more flexible in case of forgetfulness, but also because it can help with a few other conditions such as acne.
Combined pills are put into 2 categories:
Combined pills may also vary in how much oestrogen they have in them. Most contain 30-35 micrograms, but there are new options with 20 micrograms that work just as well as pills with a higher dose of oestrogen. If you want fewer side effects, this is an option to consider. Mercilon and Yaz are examples of low-dosage pills.
You may need to try more than one brand of pill before you find one that suits you.
To order your prescription for the contraceptive pill, you’ll need to fill out a short questionnaire about your health.
Then, after you’ve ordered and paid for your prescription, one of our doctors will review your order and approve it if it’s right for you.
If your order isn’t approved, you’ll be refunded for the full value of the consultation.
After a prescription has been filled, it will be sent either to your home or your local pharmacy, depending on which one you prefer.
This service is for repeat prescriptions only. You can use it if you have been using your current contraceptive for at least three months. For your first ever prescription you need to see your GP, who will check whether you can take a contraceptive which contains hormones.
Not everyone gets them, but like any medication, the contraceptive pill has potential side effects. Most of them will be mild and temporary.
The combined pill can cause mood swings, nausea, breast tenderness and headaches.
The mini pill can cause acne, breast tenderness or enlargement, an increase or decrease in sex drive, mood changes, headaches and migraine, nausea or vomiting, or cysts in your ovaries that are usually harmless and disappear without treatment.
There’s a possibility, although rare, of getting more severe side effects such as blood clots or severe abdominal pain. If you think you may be experiencing these severe side effects, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.