Rigevidon is a combined form of the contraceptive pill. Unlike the mini pill, which only contains progestogen, it contains a combination of both progestogen and oestrogen. More information

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Rigevidon is a combined form of the contraceptive pill which is intended to protect women against pregnancy. This drug contains a low dose of two separate pregnancy hormones, ethinylestradiol, or oestrogen, and progestogen.  

What is Rigevidon? 

Rigevidon is a combined form of the contraceptive pill. Unlike the mini pill, which only contains progestogen, it contains a combination of both progestogen and oestrogen. Typically, women will take Rigevidon to reduce their risk of an unwanted pregnancy, however, it may also be prescribed for women who have problems with irregular, or painful periods. Taking Rigevidon can reduce in lighter and more regular bleeding. Rigevidon works in the same way as many other combined pills that contain both Rigevidon (30 micrograms) and Levonorgestrel, (150mg)  

When is Rigevidon used? 

Rigevidon is used as a way of preventing or reducing the risk of unwanted pregnancy. This substance contains two active ingredients, levonorgestrel, and ethinylestradiol. These are both versions of the natural female sex hormones, progesterone and oestrogen. Doctors generally give the combined pill when a patient has no problem being exposed to oestrogen. Some people find that they can't handle an increased amount of oestrogen in their system. The combined pill works by overriding the natural ovulation and menstrual cycle in a woman to stop ovulation. However, it can also change the formation of the womb to make it more difficult for pregnancy to occur.  

How do you use Rigevidon? 

Rigevidon will only be successful when taken according to the strict instructions of your doctor. If you are taking this medication after an abortion or miscarriage, keep in mind that your instructions may be slightly different.  

If you are taking Rigevidon with no previous contraceptive (hormonal) pill used in the past, you can begin taking one tablet a day on the first day of your natural cycle. This is the first day that you start bleeding on your period. You can take the first dose of Rigevidon after the last dose of your active tablet has finished if you are switching from a similar alternative hormonal pill. 

With Rigevidon, you will be required to take a single pill at the same time every day for a period of three weeks in every month, leaving 7 days for no pill. During the seven days when you are not taking a pill, you may experience a withdrawal bleed. It's important to take your pill as close to the same time each day as possible. If you can, set an alarm to ensure that you take it on time, or take it at a time when you know you're likely to remember it. If you are taking Rigevidon after a recent pregnancy, you may need to speak to your doctor about how long you will need to use barrier forms of contraception alongside your pill to be safe.  

If you throw up when taking Rigevidon or have diarrhea, then the effectiveness of your pill could be reduced. In this case, you may need to use alternative barrier forms of contraception. Taking certain medications with Rigevidon can also make it less effective.  

What dosages are available? 

Rigevidon comes in a single dose, with 21 coated tablets contained in a packet for each month. Each pack should come with the days of the week marked on them, so you can remember which days you have taken your pill for. You will need to take a single pill once a day at the same time each day, until you finish the strip. Give your tablets a seven day break before you begin taking the next strip. This means that you will take your next tablet on the eighth day after your previous pill packet ended. If you forget to take a dose of Rigevidon and remember more than 12 hours after when you were scheduled to take it, then you will need to use additional forms of contraception, as you may not be protected against pregnancy for 7 days. 

If you forget to take a dose of Rigevidon, take your pill as soon as you remember, even if this requires you to take two pills at the same time. Once you have taken your pill, continue taking it at the same time each day going forward.  

What are the side effects of Rigevidon? 

It is unlikely that you will experience any serious side effects when taking Rigevidon. However, if you do experience a lot of negative symptoms, then you should see your doctor immediately. Even if your side effects are only mild your doctor may be able to suggest switching to another pill.  

Common side effects of Rigevidon include a change in mood, including feelings of depression or irritability. Some people feel overly nervous and suffer from things like headaches, sight disturbances or stomach pains. You may notice changes to your menstrual breeding, breast tenderness or pain, and potential weight gain.  

In some uncommon cases, slightly more serious side effects may occur. Rigevidon increases your risk of liver tumors, breast cancer, and cervical cancer, as well as systemic lupus erythematosus. You may notice the appearance of rashes or brown patches on your body, as well as a lower libido, high blood pressure, and fluid retention. Vomiting and diarrhea may also take place, along with inflammation of the pancreas and changes to your hearing.  

As with any combined contraceptive pill, Rigevidon can also slightly increase your risk of developing a blood clot when you're taking it. Your risk is higher if you are taking Rigevidon when you're immobile for long periods of time. Signs of blood clots may include swelling and pain in your calf, chest pain and shortness of breath. If you notice these symptoms, it's important to seek medical attention immediately.  

When shouldn't you use Rigevidon? 

There are many different kinds of contraceptive on the market today, and not all of them will be suited to every woman. Rigevidon will not be recommended for you if you are very overweight, over the age of 35, and you smoke. It's also possible that Rigevidon might not be right for you if you have ever had a blood clot issue, a heart attack, stroke, or even angina.  

Your doctor will take care prescribing Rigevidon to you if you have very high blood pressure, a heart valve disease, or an irregular heartbeat. You might also not be suited for Rigevidon if you have a disorder that increases your blood clotting risk or have severe diabetes. Do not take Rigevidon if you suffer from migraines, have or have had breast cancer in the past, have liver disease, gallbladder disease, or have ever had jaundice.  

Your doctor will consider the risks of prescribing Rigevidon to you carefully when assessing your medical history. There are some other conditions wherein you may till be able to take Rigevidon, but will require close monitoring. For instance, if you have high cholesterol levels or diabetes. If anyone in your family have ever had issues with clotting, heart attacks or strokes, then you should avoid taking Rigevidon. Additionally, this medication may not be suitable for those using a wheelchair, people with ulcerative colitis, people with crohn's disease, and those with a history of migraines.  

If you have an undiagnosed history of breast lumps and gene mutations that may increase your risk of cancer, then you may not be prescribed Rigevidon  

Does Rigevidon interact with any other medications? 

Rigevidon can interact with other medications, so it is important to talk to your doctor about anything that you might be taking alongside Rigevidon, including herbal remedies, supplements, prescription medication and drugs that you get over the counter. Various medications make Rigevidon less effective at reducing the risk of pregnancy.  

If you take any of the following medications, it is unlikely that Rigevidon will work for you: 

  • Herbal remedies like St John's Wort 
  • Antibiotics for tuberculosis like rifampicin and rifabutin 
  • Narcolepsy medications like modafinil 
  • Griseofulvin and some other antifungals 
  • Medicines for HIV like nevirapine and cobicistat 
  • Medications for epilepsy like primidone and parampanel 

If you're given a short course for any of these medications while you're also taking Rigevidon, then you may find that this makes your medication less effective. Because of this it's important to take alternative forms of contraception to ensure that you do not get pregnant when using this medication. 

If you know that Rigevidon interacts with a drug you're already taking but you want to continue using it, speak to your doctor about your options. Do not begin taking any new medications when you're still using Rigevidon.  

Where can you buy Rigevidon? 

There are various pharmacies online and offline where you can purchase Rigevidon today. It's important to make sure that you are buying your medication from a pharmacy that you can trust. Make sure that you don't buy a prescription medication like Rigevidon from any company that does not ask you for a prescription to ensure that this medication is right for you.  

Can you get Rigevidon without a prescription?  

There many different kinds of contraceptive pill available. Your doctor will need to assess your medical history and situation carefully to make sure that Rigevidon is right for you. With that in mind, you can only get this medication on a prescription. It is important to have a full consultation with your doctor before you begin taking Rigevidon, or to have a consultation with a medical professional.  




Consilient Health Ltd, 2017, online, Rigevidon Coated tablets, [Accessed on 22nd of June 2019] Available on: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/4212/smpc  

Consilent Health (UK) Ltd, 2017, online, Rigevidon patient leaflet, [Accessed on 22nd of June 2019], Available on: https://www.drugs.com/uk/rigevidon-leaflet.html 

Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.