Cilique is an oral progestin medication which is as a form of contraception for women. It is classed as a combined pill which means it contains the hormones progesterone and oestrogen. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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What is Cilique?

Cilique is an oral progestin medication which is as a form of contraception for women. It is classed as a combined pill which means it contains the hormones progesterone and oestrogen. Cilique is also used in menopausal hormone therapy. The active ingredients of Cilique are norgestimate and ethinylestradiol. Each tablet contains 250 micrograms of norgestimate and 35 micrograms of ethinylestradiol.

How does Cilique work?

Cilique prevents pregnancy by preventing an egg from being released from the ovaries. The medication also thickens the fluid in your cervix, making it harder for sperm to gain access to your womb.

How to take Cilique?

Cilique is taken once a day for 21 days.

The tablets are supplied in a 21 pill strip, each labelled with a day of the week. Follow the direction of the arrows marked on the strip and take a pill at the same time of each day, making sure it corresponds with the correct day of the week. Swallow each pill whole with water. After the 21st day, there follow seven days without taking a pill when you may bleed as with a natural menstrual period.

At the end of the seven days, start the next strip of Cilique – even if the bleeding hasn't finished. You should find that you always start a new strip of Cilique on the same day of the week at the same time.

What should I do if I forget to take a dose of Cilique?

If you miss a dose or take your pills at differing times of days, then the contraceptive protection will become less effective, and you could become pregnant. The chances of becoming pregnant depend on how many pills you’ve missed. The more you miss, the greater the chances of unprotected sex leading to pregnancy. If you forget a pill, take it as soon as you remember and the next dose as scheduled. There is no advantage to 'doubling up' on a dose.

Does Cilique have any side effects?

As is the case with all medications, Cilique is associated with certain side effects, although these are not experienced by everyone:

Some of the most common side effects are:

  • Bleeding/spotting mid-cycle;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Headache;
  • Nausea;
  • Painful/unusual periods;
  • Vomiting.

Other side effects are:

  • Migraine;
  • Oedema (swelling);
  • Painful breasts;
  • Increase in vaginal discharge;
  • Fatigue;
  • Weight gain;
  • Skin issues – acne, rash;
  • Muscle cramps;
  • Cessation of menstrual periods.

Consult your doctor if you experience any other side effects that you are unsure about.

When is it not advisable to take Cilique?

Do not take Cilique if you are pregnant. You might not be prescribed Cilique if you are:

  • Are obese or very overweight;
  • Are over the age of 35;
  • Are a regular smoker;
  • Take specific medications which are known to interact with Cilique - this is why it is very important to tell your doctor about all the medications you currently take, including herbal remedies and over-the-counter medications;
  • Have any current or past health conditions that make Cilique unsafe.

Always read the entire list of warnings on the leaflet supplied with the medication.

Breastfeeding / Driving

Seek advice from your doctor if you are planning to breastfeed whilst taking Cilique. This is because a tiny amount of the drug can pass into the milk.

There are no contraindications against driving or operating heavy machinery whilst taking Cilique.