Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest)
What is Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) used for?
Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) is a combined birth control pill which contains two female sex hormones. Estradiol valerate is converted in the body into a hormone identical to the natural estrogen which the body produces. This makes this medication different from other oral contraceptives, which use synthesized estrogen. The other active ingredient, dienogest, is a proestogen. This medication is used to prevent pregnancy, as it can prevent the egg from being released, while also altering the consistency of the mucus in the cervix, and changing the uterine lining. Other uses for this medication include being used to stop heavy menstrual bleeding in women who also wish to take birth control pills.
How should I use Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest)?
Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) contains 3 wallets of 28 tablets. Each wallet contains 5 different types of tablets. There are four different types of colored active tablets in total in rows 1 to 4, and 2 inactive white tablets in row 4. The dark yellow, medium red, light yellow and dark red tablets contain active ingredients, whereas the white tablets do not contain any hormones. As there are different types of tablets, it is important to consult your physician so that you are sure of how to properly take them. These tablets are normally taken once per day. When you have finished the 28 day cycle, including the 2 inactive tablets, you should start a new pack.
What are the side effects of Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest)?
Side effects of Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) include:
Report any side effects to your physician immediately, especially if other more severe side effects or side effects not mentioned here occur.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.
Further InformationOfficial patient information sheet