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Eloine - Contraceptive pill
  • Take 1 pill every day, guided by the colours, with no pill break
  • Low-dose causes fewer side effects for some women
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

Eloine

Eloine is a an effective low-dose contraceptive pill that contains less oestrogen than the regular combined pill. It's 99% effective when taken correctly.

Eloine - Contraceptive pill

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  • Take 1 pill every day, guided by the colours, with no pill break
  • Low-dose causes fewer side effects for some women
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

COVID-19 service update

During the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are working hard to ensure that our pharmacies are able to provide services, care and advice to you as safely as possible. When you visit us for a service, things might be a little different.

We are trying to ensure we manage social distancing in stores, so we may ask you to wait just a minute or two before you enter the pharmacy. When providing services, our pharmacy team will be wearing PPE. The PPE they wear will depend on the service being carried out, but colleagues will always be wearing a face mask. If you book a service that requires the consultation room, don’t worry, it will be cleaned before and after each service appointment - you may be asked for your consent to leave the door open to aid air flow but if you need extra privacy we don’t mind shutting the door. Lastly, when attending the pharmacy, please bring a face covering with you to use during the consultation.

During the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are working hard to ensure that our pharmacies are able to provide services, care and advice to you as safely as possible. When you visit us for a service, things might be a little different.

We are trying to ensure we manage social distancing in stores, so we may ask you to wait just a minute or two before you enter the pharmacy. When providing services, our pharmacy team will be wearing PPE. The PPE they wear will depend on the service being carried out, but colleagues will always be wearing a face mask. If you book a service that requires the consultation room, don’t worry, it will be cleaned before and after each service appointment - you may be asked for your consent to leave the door open to aid air flow but if you need extra privacy we don’t mind shutting the door. Lastly, when attending the pharmacy, please bring a face covering with you to use during the consultation.

What our patients say

About Eloine

  • How to take Eloine

    Take 1 pill daily at the same time for 28 days.

    Each strip contains 24 light pink active tablets and 4 white inactive tablets. Take a light pink tablet every day for 24 days. Then take a white tablet every day for 4 days - during this time you may get your period. Once complete, start a new strip straightaway (24 light pink and then 4 white tablets). There is therefore no pill break.

    Always start a new strip with the first light pink tablet on the upper left. For the correct order, follow the direction of the arrows on the strip.

  • How does Eloine work?

    Eloine contains 28 pills per pack:  24 active pills (light pink) and 4 inactive pills (white). Each of the active tablets has different levels of hormones in them, and must be taken in the prescribed order for the pill to remain effective.

    The active hormones are ethinylestradiol and drospirenone. These stops eggs from being released (ovulation), and from being fertilised.

  • How effective is Eloine?

    If you start using Eloine on days 1-5 of your period, you will be protected against pregnancy immediately. If you start taking it later (only if you are sure you could not be pregnant), you will need to use condoms for at least seven days until Eloine starts to work.

    When taken correctly, Eloine is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. However, if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea you may not be protected against pregnancy. If this happens, continue to take the pill as usual but use a condom whilst you're ill. If this continues for more than 24 hours you should follow the same steps as a missed pill.

  • What are the side effects of Eloine?

    Many women do not experience any side effects, however some experience more irregular bleeding with a low-dose pill. This usually settles in a few months. Other side effects can include headaches, feeling sick, breast discomfort, or mood swings. Rarely, some women develop blood clots. This pill carries a slightly higher risk of blood clots than others. If you have any concerns, send us a message via your Patient Record.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • What should I do if I miss the pill?

    If you miss one of the last 4 tablets in the 4th row of the strip, this does not compromise contraception as these are placebo pills. Discard the missed placebo pill.

    If you miss a light pink, active tablet (tablets 1-24 of your blister-pack), you must do the following: If you are less than 24 hours late taking a pill, take the tablet as soon as you remember and then continue taking the tablets again at the usual time. You will still be protected against pregnancy.

    If you are more than 24 hours late taking a tablet, the protection against pregnancy may be reduced. The next steps depends on when you last took your pill and where you are in your pill packet. Please read the patient information leaflet for further information.

  • Is Eloine safe to use whilst breastfeeding?

    Eloine is a combined contraceptive pill and so it is not advised to start taking it until 6 weeks after giving birth, if you are breastfeeding. 

  • Will Eloine affect my weight?

    There is no evidence to suggest that the combined contraceptive pill will affect your weight. You may find your weight changes throughout your cycle due to fluid retention and other reasons not related to the pill.

  • Can Eloine stop periods?

    It is possible to delay your period by taking 2 packets of Eloine back-to-back.

  • Can I buy Eloine online?

    You can request and pay for an Eloine prescription online. As this pill is a prescription-only medication, even if you are using an online doctor, you will need a prescription from a clinician before you can buy Eloine online. 

    With all combined contraceptives you will need to have your height, weight and blood pressure taken to confirm it is safe for you to start treatment. You will therefore need to go into the pharmacy to pick up Eloine so that these checks can be done in person. 

  • Important information about Eloine

    If you’ve already bought your pill from us, you can request a further 3 or 6-month supply from your Patient Record, if you're medically suitable. If you want to change your pill, please send us a message via your Patient Record.

    Combined contraceptives can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can be dangerous. Your blood pressure needs checking before starting any combined contraceptive, then once a year after that. Your local LloydsPharmacy will measure your blood pressure for free.

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to take Eloine alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Eloine safely.

  • Alternative treatments

    We offer a range of contraceptives, including NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills and mini pills. View all our contraception options.

    Condoms are an effective form of contraception and protect against STIs.

    There are also long-acting contraceptives available through your GP or family planning clinic, including implants, the coil and injectable contraception.

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