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Lucette - Contraceptive pill
  • Take daily for 21 days, with a 7-day break (alternatives possible)
  • 99% effective when taken correctly
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

Lucette

A reliable combined contraceptive pill containing ethinylestradiol and drospirenone. It's 99% effective as birth control when taken correctly.

Lucette - Contraceptive pill

Generic treatment

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Alternative treatment: Yasmin

  • Take daily for 21 days, with a 7-day break (alternatives possible)
  • 99% effective when taken correctly
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

Generic or branded treatments?

Some treatments contain the same active ingredient but are sold under different names. If the active ingredient and the dosage are the same, the treatments will have the same effect and work in the same way. 

Generic Branded
Same active ingredient
Works in the same way
Often less expensive

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 Lucette

  • How to take Lucette

    Most women choose to take 1 pill daily at the same time for 21 days. Once you finish a strip, take a 7-day break with no pills. During this time you may have a period. Start the next strip 7 days after your last pill. You will always start the next strip on the same day of the week.

    Lucette can also be taken as follows:
    Extended use: 1 pill a day for 9 weeks then no pills for the next 4 or 7 days.
    Continuous use: 1 pill a day every day with no break.

  • How does Lucette work?

    The hormones in Lucette (ethinylestradiol and drospirenone) prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation). They also make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg, or for an egg to implant itself in the lining of the womb.

  • How effective is Lucette?

    If you start using Lucette 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 Lucette starts to work.

    When taken correctly, Lucette 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.

  • What are the side effects of Lucette?

    Many women do not experience any side effects, however some will. These can include mood swings, vaginal discharge, rashes or yeast infections, headaches, breast discomfort or feeling sick. 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?

    This depends on when and how many pills are missed. Missing one pill, at any time, does not compromise contraception if you take the following steps:

    Up to 48hrs since your last pill – take your next pill as soon as you remember and continue the rest of the pack as usual. This might mean you need to take 2 pills on 1 day.

    More than 48hrs – this depends on when you last took your pill and where you are in your pill packet. Please check the patient information leaflet for further information.

  • Can smokers use Lucette?

    Smokers can use most types of contraceptive pill, including Lucette (a combined contraceptive pill). However, if you are a smoker and over 35 you will be advised to not take Lucette - the progestogen-only pill, intrauterine device (IUD), intrauterine system (IUS), contraceptive implant or the contraceptive injection might be an alternative. 

  • Is Lucette safe to use whilst breastfeeding?

    Lucette can be used from 6 weeks after birth, if you’re breastfeeding. 

  • Can Lucette stop periods?

    Taking 2 packs of Lucette back-to-back will avoid having a period. 

  • Will Lucette affect my weight?

    There is no evidence to suggest that combined contraceptive pills 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 I buy Lucette online?

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

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

  • How do I switch to Lucette from a different pill?

    If you would like to switch your contraceptive pill, contact us via your Patient record or get an appointment with your GP to discuss the change. If you are changing to a new pill you would be advised to have no break between the packs and you may have to use other contraceptive methods during the changeover.

  • Important information about Lucette

    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 Lucette 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 Lucette 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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