Synphase

3 months supply of your current contraceptive pill for when you cannot get to your GP surgery.

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Synphase

Prescription fees

Medicinesbymailbox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Order value Prescription fee
Any Order Value £0.00

Synphase product information

Synphase is a combined oral contraceptive pill containing 2 types of hormones that are produced in your body to regulate your monthly cycles: a progestrogen called norethisterone and an oestrogen hormone called ethinylestradiol. Together, they help to prevent pregnancy.

How to take

It is important to take Synphase correctly so that it is effective. You should always take it exactly as your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.
You should take the first tablet on your first day of bleeding which has an indicator 'start here' shown on the blister strip. Then, Take a tablet every day until you finish a blister strip. You should take the tablets at about the same time every day to ensure that you are well protected. Once you have finished taking all 21 tablets, you should stop for 7 days. You might start bleeding during these 7 days. After 7 days, regardless of whether you are still bleeding, providing you take the first tablet of the next blister strip on time, you will be protected during the 7 days.


If it is not possible to start your first tablet on your first day of bleeding, you may take the tablets from day 2-5. However, additional contraceptive measures such as condom should be considered within the first 7 days.


If you forget to take a tablet, you should take it as soon as possible and take the next tablet on the same time that you normally take it. However, if you miss your pills for more than 12 hours, you may not be protected and additional contraceptive measures, such as condom, should be considered for 7 days.


Side effects of Synphase

Like all medicines, Synphase can cause some side effects, although not everyone gets them.

Some common side effects associated are feeling sick, stomach cramps, headache and irregular vaginal bleeding. These side effects are usually mild but if you are concerned about them, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist for more advice.

Combined contraceptive pills are occasionally associated with the risk of blood clots. If you experience symptoms such as swelling or tenderness in stomach, coughing up blood, pain in chest, painful veins in legs or sudden unexplained headache, you should stop taking the pills and seek urgent medical advice.

There is also a small risk of breast cancer associated with the pill. However, it is shown that if women stop taking the pill, 10 years later the risk will be the same for women who do not take the pill. You should know how to recognise signs of breast cancer such as changes in the nipple or any lumps that you can feel on your breast. However, research shows that combined oral contraceptives protect against ovary and endometrium cancer.

For a full list of side effects, please read the patient information leaflet attached below.


Cautions

During a consultation with Medicinesbymailbox, you will be asked to complete an online assessment questionnaire to determine your suitability for the medication. You should NOT take the medicine without consulting a GP if you:
  • Are allergic to norethisterone acetate or ethinylestradiol
  • Have had blood clots or family history of blood clots
  • Have had cancer of the breast, cervix, vagina or womb
  • Have had problems with the heart, such as heart attack, stroke or angina (chest pain)
  • Have had severe liver disease
  • Have had diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Have very severe headaches (migraines) 

Some medications can influence the effectiveness of the pill, such as a herbal remedy called St John's Wort, medication for epilepsy such as carbamazepine, and some antibiotics such as rifampicin. If you are unsure about your current medication, you should consult a doctor or pharmacist for more advice.


Note: We do not supply oral contraceptive pills online to women in the high risk groups or aged 55 and above. Please consult a doctor or pharmacist for contraceptive advice.


Patient information leaflet

The 'Patient Information Leaflets' supplied with medication must be read before taking the tablets.