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Please note: Since July 2019 Cilest has been discontinued by the manufacturer Janssen. If you are currently using Cilest, you can switch to Cilique or Lizinna, which contains the same active ingredients in the same dosage. Alpha Medicines can help you make this transition easier by reordering online. Alpha Medicines connects you to experienced doctors and a mail-order pharmacy. We will send the birth-control pill and follow-up prescription, directly to your home within 24 to 48 hours.



What is Cilest?

Cilest is a combined hormonal contraceptive pill, also known as “the Pill”. It is an effective method to prevent pregnancy, but it has other benefits for your health, as well. Cilest contains two types of female sex hormones, namely estrogen, and progestogen. Because its estrogen content is very low, this drug is considered a micro-pill. In July 2019, Cilest has been discontinued by the manufacturer Janssen. However, you can order a follow-up prescription for Cilique or Lizinna. To explain, they contain the same active ingredients, in the same dosage. Alpha Medicines can help you make this transition easier by reordering online.

Cilest uses and available dosage

You may use Cliest as a safe contraceptive method. Apart from preventing you to get pregnant, the micro-pill has the following uses and benefits:

  • Improves painful menstruation
  • It makes your period lighter and regular
  • Helps with pre-menstrual symptoms
  • Improves your overall ovarian health

Cilest contains hormones in 35 micrograms doses, respectively 250 micrograms – the same as Lizinna pills, for instance. After you finish your current pack of Cliest, discuss with your doctor about switching to a similar, equally safe contraceptive. Please see our available range of birth control pills for dosage and cost differences.

How does Cilest work?

The dose of hormones present in the pill works by deceiving your body into thinking that ovulation has already happened. As a result, Cilest stops ovulation and prevents pregnancy. Moreover, the contraceptive method also results in regular, lighter, and less painful and more menstrual bleeding. This means it is sometimes prescribed for women who have problems with, particularly heavy, painful or irregular periods.

How to take Cilest

Take a micro-pill once a day, with a glass of water. Do not chew the pill or let it dissolve on your tongue. Take it at the same time of the day. Continue the treatment for 21 days and then take a seven-day break, when your period comes. Typically, the next step after the break or inactive pills is to get a refill and start a new pack. However, since Cilest has been discontinued, talk to a licensed prescribing physician and switch to another product. At Alpha Medicines, we can make this transition easier!

Cilest side effects

  • Cilest- Patient Leaflet

Cilest side effects

When using Cilest you should pay particular attention to any signs of clogged veins or arteries. Swelling in the leg associated with pressure pain, warming, or change in skin tone may be the signs. In general, however, the Cilest side effects do not necessarily occur because of the low hormone dosage of this contraceptive pill.

Very common side effects:

  • Headache
  • Spotted bleeding
  • Tummy aches
  • Feeling sick
  • Bloating

Frequent side effects:

  • Edema
  • Acne
  • Increased breast sensitivity and tenderness
  • Enlargement of the breast
  • Fluid secretions of the mammary glands Dizziness Menstrual pain
  • Vaginal inflammation
  • Discharge Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Decreased libido,
  • Nervousness and mood swings
Occasional side effects:
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Flatulence
  • Increased appetite
  • Rash
  • Pigmentation disorders, especially on the face
  • Hair loss

If you think you may have any of these side effects, stop taking Cilest and see a doctor straight away. Most importantly, note that this is not a complete list of possible side effects. For more information, see the Patient Information Leaflet.

Contraindications – Who shouldn’t take Cilest?

Some women should not take Cilest if they have medical problems or illnesses. Please read the leaflet and consult a doctor to make sure this pill is right for you.

Do not use Cilest in the following contraindications:

  • Overweight women
  • Post-menopausal women
  • Current or previous blood clots
  • Heart diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Migraine

Thee enumerated conditions are just some of the contraindications. Find the full list inside the Patient Information Leaflet and tell your doctor about any health issues you have.

Cilest interactions with other medication

The hormones present in the pill can interact with other medications. Consequently, if combined with other drugs, they can make it less effective or increase the risk of serious side effects.

Some drugs that interact with Cilest are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Heart medications
  • Antifungal drugs
  • Antidepressants

Order oral contraceptives online

Alpha Medicines puts at your disposal certified online pharmacies and EU-accredited physicians. You can safely and discreetly order the desired birth-control pill online! Please note we only issue follow-up prescriptions. To explain, you can buy contraceptive pills, such as Cilique or Lizinna, only if you have already taken this type of medication before.

Other similar products you can order at Alpha Medicines are:

  • Cerazette
  • Cerelle
  • Yasmin
  • Microgynon
  • Qlaira
  • Ovranette
  • Mercilon
  • Loestrin

Buy Cilest online

Cilest is no longer available on the market, but through a follow-up prescription, you can get a similar product. Also, at Alpha Medicines, the licensed doctors we work with will assess if you are suitable for the pill. After that, we will send the birth-control pill and follow-up prescription, directly to your home within 24 to 48 hours. Take a look at the product range we offer and order your follow-up prescription online! At Alpha Medicines, your health and safety are in good hands!

Where can I get a Cilest refill?

Cilest has been discontinued in July 2019. Consequently, you can no longer order this medication. However, there are several other birth control pills available, very similar to Cilest. For instance, Lizinna and Cilique have the same levels of estrogen as Cilest and are equally effective.

Is Cilest suitable for all women?

Like any contraceptive pill, Cilest has certain contraindications. For example, you can’t take the micro-pill if you are a heavy smoker and have over 35 years of age. Please see the full list of contraindications in the Patient Information Leaflet.

What happens if I forget to take a pill?

In case you forget to take your daily pill, take it as soon as you remember. To clarify, take the pill even if it is very close to the next dose. However, if over 12 hours have passed since you forgot, use an additional contraceptive method, such as condoms.

Does the pill make me gain weight?

Weight gain is one of the side effects of Cilest. However, very few women will experience this side effect. Moreover, any perceived weight gain is generally caused by mild fluid retention, which typically goes away on its own.

Is Cilest effective?

Yes, Cilest can be a 99% effective contraceptive method when used correctly. Moreover, it has several other health benefits, such as improved ovarian health.

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