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TRIREGOL COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): ETHINYLESTRADIOL / LEVONORGESTREL

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

TRIREGOL®
coated tablets
Levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What TriRegol is and what it is used for
2. Before you take TriRegol
3. How to take TriRegol
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store TriRegol
6. Further information
1. WHAT TRIREGOL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
TriRegol is a combined oral contraceptive, one of a group of drugs often referred to as
the Pill. The Pill provides a reliable, reversible method of contraception. TriRegol
contains two types of hormone: an oestrogen, ethinylestradiol, and a progestogen,
levonorgestrel. It is a triphasic contraceptive. This means that there are three levels of
hormones in each pack which reflect the changing levels in your normal menstrual
cycle. These hormones stop the ovary from releasing an egg each month. They also
thicken the mucus at the neck of the womb making it more difficult for the sperm to
reach the egg, and alter the lining of the womb to make it less likely to accept a
fertilised egg.
Remember:
• TriRegol needs to be taken as directed to prevent pregnancy
• Combined oral contraceptive pills like TriRegol will not protect you against sexually
transmitted diseases (such as AIDS). Only condoms can do this.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE TRIREGOL
Do not take TriRegol
You should not use TriRegol if you have any of the conditions listed below. If you do
have any of the conditions listed below, you must tell your doctor. Your doctor may
then decide that TriRegol is not suitable for you and advise you to use another method
of contraception.
Tell your doctor if

• you have ever had a disorder affecting your blood circulation known as thrombosis
(for example, blood clots in your legs, lungs, heart, brain, eyes or in any other part of
your body);
• you have ever had a heart attack or angina (severe chest pain) or a stroke;
• you or any member of your close family have any medical condition which makes
you more at risk of developing blood clots (see also the section ‘The pill and
thrombosis’);
• you have diabetes with changes to the blood vessels;
• you have or have ever had disorder of blood vessels in the eye;
• you have high blood pressure;
• you have any heart and/or vessel disorders, such as irregular heart rhythm or a heart
valve disease;
• you have liver disease or if you have ever had this;
• you have liver tumours or if you have ever had these;
• you have breast cancer or other cancer, for example ovarian cancer, cervical cancer,
or cancer of the uterus (womb);
• you have unusual bleeding from your vagina;
• you have or have ever had a migraine;
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to levonorgestrel and ethinylestradiol or any of the
other ingredients of TriRegol;
• you are pregnant or think you might be.
If you get any of these conditions while you are taking TriRegol, do not take any
more pills and contact your doctor immediately. In the meantime, use another method
of contraception such as a condom or cap plus spermicide.
Take special care with TriRegol
Regular check-ups
Before you start taking TriRegol, your doctor should take your medical history by
asking you some questions about yourself and other members of your family. Your
doctor will take your blood pressure and make sure you are not pregnant. Your doctor
may also check your breasts, abdomen and pelvic organs. Once you have started
taking TriRegol, your doctor will see you again for regular check-ups. This will
happen when you go back to your doctor for more pills.
Tell your doctor immediately if
any of the following happen to you while you are taking TriRegol. Also, do not take
any more pills until you have spoken to your doctor. In the meantime, use another
method of contraception such as a condom or cap plus spermicide.
• If you get a migraine for the first time, or if you already have migraines but they get
worse or happen more often than before.
• You develop symptoms of a blood-clot formation. (See also the section - ‘The pill
and thrombosis’). These symptoms include:
- unusual pain or swelling in your legs;
- sudden sharp pains in your chest which may reach your left arm;
- sudden shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing;
- sudden coughing for no apparent reason;
- any unusual, severe or long-lasting headache;
- any sudden changes to your eyesight (such as loss of vision or blurred vision);
- slurred speech or any other difficulties affecting your speech;

- vertigo (spinning sensation);
- dizziness, fainting or fits;
- sudden weakness or numbness in one side or part of your body;
- difficulties in moving around (known as motor disturbances); or
- severe pain in your abdomen (known as acute abdomen).
• You require surgery or become immobilised (not being able to move around as
normal), since this may increase the risk of bloodclot formation. You should stop
taking TriRegol at least four weeks before a planned major operation (for example,
stomach surgery), or if you are having any surgery to your legs. Also, if you are
immobilised for a long time (for example, you are in bed after an accident or
operation, or you have a plaster cast on a broken leg). Your doctor will tell you when
you can start taking TriRegol again.
• If you become or think you may have become pregnant.
Tell your doctor before starting to take TriRegol if
you know you suffer from any of the following conditions. You need to tell your
doctor if this is the case as these conditions may get worse while you are taking the
pill. If any of these conditions do get worse or you have them for the first time, tell
your doctor as soon as you can. Your doctor may tell you to stop using TriRegol and
advise you to use another method of contraception:
• If you, or any member of your family, have a blood-fat (lipid) disorder called
hypertriglyceridaemia, as this disorder can increase your risk of getting a disease of
your pancreas, called pancreatitis.
• If you suffer from:
- high blood pressure (hypertension);
- yellowing of the skin (jaundice);
- itching of your whole body (pruritus);
- gallstones;
- the inherited disease called porphyria;
- systemic lupus erythematosus - SLE (an inflammatory disease which can affect
many parts of the body, including the skin, joints and internal organs);
- a blood disorder called haemolytic uraemic syndrome – HUS (a disorder where
blood clots cause the kidneys to fail);
- the movement disorder called Sydenham’s chorea;
- the rash known as herpes gestationis;
- the inherited form of deafness known as otosclerosis;
- disturbed liver function;
- diabetes;
- depression;
- Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel diseases);
- brown patches on your face and body (chloasma), which you can reduce by staying
out of the sun and not using sunbeds or sunlamps.
The pill and thrombosis
Some studies have suggested that the risk of developing various blood-circulation
disorders is slightly greater in women who take the combined pill than in those who
do not. This can lead to a thrombosis. A thrombosis is when you have a blood clot
which may block a blood vessel. The clot may form in the veins (venous thrombosis)
or in the arteries (arterial thrombosis). Most blood clots can be treated, with no long-

term danger. However, a thrombosis can cause serious permanent disabilities or could
even kill you, though this is very rare.
Blood clots sometimes form in the deep veins of the legs (deep venous thrombosis). If
this blood clot breaks away from the veins where it is formed, it may reach and block
the arteries of the lungs, causing a ‘pulmonary embolism’.
Very rarely, blood clots can also form in the blood vessels of the heart (causing a
heart attack) or the brain (causing a stroke).
In extremely rare cases, blood clots can form in other places such as the liver, gut,
kidney or eye.
A blood clot can develop whether or not you are taking the pill. It can also happen if
you become pregnant. The risk is higher in people who take the pill than in people
who don’t take the pill, but it isn’t as high as the risk during pregnancy. A thrombosis
is most likely in the first year of taking any combined pill.
In healthy women who are not pregnant and not taking the pill, there are about 5 to 10
cases of thrombosis for every 100,000 women each year.
In women taking the pill with a low-oestrogen content, there are about 40 cases of
thrombosis for every 100,000 women each year.
In pregnant women, there are about 60 cases of thrombosis for every 100,000
pregnancies each year.
Symptoms of a blood-clot formation are listed under ‘Tell your doctor
immediately if’.
If you notice possible signs of a thrombosis, stop taking the pill and contact your
doctor immediately. In the meantime, use another method of contraception such
as a condom or cap plus spermicide.
You should also remember that certain conditions can increase your risk of
thrombosis. They include:
• age (the risk of having a heart attack or stroke increases as you get older);
• smoking (with heavier smoking and increasing age, your risk of thrombosis
increases). When using the pill stop smoking, especially if you are over 35; being
very overweight (obese).
The pill and cancer
Some studies have found that you may have an increased risk of cervical cancer if you
use the pill in the long term. This increased risk may not be caused by the pill itself,
but could be due to effects of sexual behaviour and other circumstances. More
frequent check-ups may increase the rate of detection of cervical cancer.
Every woman is at risk of breast cancer whether or not she takes the pill. Breast
cancer is rare in women under 40. Breast cancer has been found slightly more often in
women who take the pill than in women of the same age who don’t take the pill. If
you stop taking the pill, this reduces your risk, so that 10 years after stopping the pill
the risk of finding breast cancer is the same as for women who have never taken the
pill. Breast cancer seems less likely to have got worse when it has been found in

women who take the pill, than it is in women who do not take the pill. Rarely, using
the pill has led to liver diseases and benign liver tumours. Very rarely, the pill has
been associated with some forms of malignant liver tumours (cancer) in long-term
users. Liver tumours may lead to life-threatening bleeding in the abdomen. So, if you
have pain in your upper abdomen that does not soon clear up, tell your doctor. Also, if
your skin becomes yellow, you must tell your doctor, as this may be a sign that your
liver is not working properly.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any
other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Some medicines may stop TriRegol from working properly.
If you are taking any other medicine while you are taking TriRegol, be sure to tell
your doctor (or dentist, if they have prescribed antibiotics). Your doctor (or dentist)
can tell you whether you should use extra contraceptive precautions and for how long.
Medicines which can sometimes stop TriRegol from working properly are:
• antibiotics (such as ampicillin, tetracycline and rifampicin);
• medicines used to treat epilepsy or other illnesses, such as primidone,
carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, topiramate, hydantoins or barbiturates (such as
phenobarbitone);
• ritonavir (a medicine used to treat HIV infections);
• griseofulvin (a medicine used to treat fungal infections);
• certain medicines used to treat depression (tricyclic anti-depressants);
• cyclosporine (a suppressor of the immune system used e.g. during transplantation
and in rheumatoid arthritis);
• the herbal remedy commonly known as St John’s Wort (hypericum perforatum).
You may have to use another method of contraception as well, such as the condom,
while you are taking these medicines - and up to 28 days afterwards. Your doctor may
advise you to use these extra precautions for even longer.
If you are taking antibiotics, always ask your doctor’s advice about extra precautions.
Always mention you are on the combined pill if you are prescribed any medicines.
Before you have any blood tests
Tell your doctor or the laboratory staff that you are taking the pill, because oral
contraceptives can affect the results of some tests.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
If you think you might be pregnant, stop taking TriRegol and talk to your doctor
immediately. Until you have spoken to your doctor, use another method of
contraception such as a condom or a cap plus spermicide.
TriRegol should not be taken during breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
TriRegol is unlikely to have any effect on the ability to drive and use machines.

Important information about some of the ingredients of TriRegol
Each tablet contains 33 mg of lactose and 22 mg of sucrose. If you have been told by
your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicinal product.
3. HOW TO TAKE TRIREGOL
Always take TriRegol exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This pack is designed to help you remember to take your pills.
Starting the first pack
Take the first pill on the first day of your period. This is day one of your cycle - the
day when bleeding starts.
If you start on day 2-5 of your period, you should use another method of
contraception as well, such as the condom, for the first seven pilltaking days, but this
is only for the first pack.
You can take your pill at any time, but you should take it about the same time each
day. You may find it easiest to take it either last thing at night or first thing in the
morning. Take a pill every day in the order shown until you finish all 21 pills in the
pack.
Once you have taken all 21 pills, stop for seven days. You will probably bleed during
some of these seven days.
You do not need to use any other form of contraception during the seven-day break
provided you have taken the 21 pills properly and you start the next pack on time.
The next pack
After seven pill-free days, start your next pack. Do this whether or not you are still
bleeding. You will always start a new pack on the same day of the week.
Changing to TriRegol from another combined hormonal contraceptive (combined
pill, vaginal ring, transdermal patch)
You should start with TriRegol on the day after you took the last active tablet in your
previous blister pack of contraceptive pills (or removed the transdermal patch or
vaginal ring). The next pack should be started no later than on the day after the usual
pill-free (or placebo, patch-free or ring-free) interval with your previous
contraceptive.
Changing to TriRegol from a progestogen-only pill
You can stop taking pills only containing progestogen any time, and start taking
TriRegol the next day at the same time point. But be sure to use additional
contraceptive precautions (such as condoms or spermicides) during intercourse in the
first 7 days, during which you take the pills.
Changing to TriRegol from a contraceptive injection or implant

If you have had an injection or implant of the hormone progestogen, you can start to
take TriRegol on the day that your next injection is due, or on the day that your
implant is removed. However, you should use another method of contraception (such
as condoms or spermicides) during intercourse in the first 7 days, during which you
take the pills.
Starting after childbirth or miscarriage or abortion
After a birth, abortion or miscarriage, your doctor should advise you about taking the
pill.
You can start using TriRegol immediately after a miscarriage or abortion which
occurs during the first three months of pregnancy. In this case it is not necessary to
take further contraceptive measures. If you have had a delivery or abortion which
occurs during the second three months of pregnancy, you can start taking TriRegol
21-28 days after giving birth or having an abortion. If you start later, an alternative
contraception (such as the condom) must be used for the first 7 days of pill-taking. If
you have had unprotected sex you should not start TriRegol until your period starts or
you are sure you are not pregnant. If you are breast-feeding, the combined pill is not
recommended because it can reduce your flow of milk. If you have any questions
about starting TriRegol after childbirth or abortion, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What to do if you forget to take a pill?
If you forget to take a pill please follow these instructions.
If one pill is 12 hours late or less
Your contraceptive protection should not be affected if you take the late pill at once,
and keep taking your next pills at the usual time. This may mean taking two pills in
one day.
If you are more than 12 hours late in taking a pill, or have missed more than one
pill
If you are more than 12 hours late in taking a pill, or you have missed more than one
pill, your contraceptive protection may be lower so you must use extra protection. The
more pills you have missed, the more risk there is that your contraceptive protection is
reduced. In this case follow the instructions for daily practice:
What to do if you miss the pill at the first week?
You must take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember, even if this means that
you have to take 2 tablets at the same time. Thereafter, you should continue taking the
tablets at the usual time of the day. You must also use a barrier method of
contraception, e.g. a condom, for the next 7 days. If intercourse has taken place during
the preceding 7 days the possibility of pregnancy must be considered. The more
missed tablets and the closer to the tablet-free interval this happens, the greater the
risk of pregnancy.
What to do if you miss the pill at the second week?
You must take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember even if this means that
you have to take 2 tablets at the same time. Thereafter, you should continue taking the
tablets at the usual time of the day. Provided that the tablets have been taken in a
correct manner during the 7 days preceding the missed tablet, it is not necessary to

take further contraceptive measures. However, if this is not the case, or if more than 1
tablet has been missed, you should use another contraceptive method for 7 days.
What to do if you miss the pill at the third week?
You should take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember, even if it means that
you have to take 2 tablets at the same time. Thereafter, you should continue taking the
tablets at the usual time of the day. You should then start the next pack immediately
after taking the last tablet in the current pack, i.e. without a tablet-free interval
between the packs. Withdrawal bleeding is unlikely until the end of the second pack,
but there may be some spotting, or break-through bleeding, on the days you are taking
tablets.
You may also stop taking tablets from the current pack. In that case, you should keep
a period without tablets of up to 7 days, including those days when you forgot to take
your tablets, and thereafter continue with the next pack.
If you have missed tablets and then do not get a withdrawal bleed in the first normal
tablet-free interval, the possibility of pregnancy must be considered.
What to do if you have a stomach upset?
If you have been sick or had diarrhoea, the pill may not work. Continue to take it, but
you may not be protected from the first day of vomiting or diarrhoea. Use another
method, such as a condom, for any intercourse during the stomach upset and for the
next seven days.
What to do if you want to delay or to shift your period?
If you want to delay or to shift your period, you should contact your doctor for advice.
If you take more TriRegol than you should
If you take more TriRegol than you should, it is not likely that it will do you any
harm, but you may feel sick, actually be sick or have some vaginal bleeding. If you
have any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor who can tell you what, if
anything, you need to do.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, TriRegol can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them.
Women who use the pill have reported the side effects listed below.
Very common side effects (occurring in more than 1 out of 10 women):
tender breasts.
Common side effects (occurring in between 1 and 10 out of 100 women):
depressive moods, headaches, feeling or being sick, gall stone disease, skin disorders
such as acne, brown patches on the face and body like those that occur in pregnancy,

irregular bleeding or missed bleeds, bleeding or spotting between your periods,
increase in body weight.
Uncommon side effects (occurring in between 1 and 10 out of 1,000 women):
breast cancer, changes in interest in sex, nervousness, high blood pressure.
Rare side effects (occurring in between 1 and 10 out of 10,000 women):
presence of excess lipids in the blood called hyperlipidaemia, impaired hearing
(otosclerosis), a blood clot in vessels (venous thromboembolism), inflammation of the
walls of the bowel (ulcerative colitis), Crohn’s disease.
Very rare side effects (occurring in fewer than 1 out of 10,000 women):
liver tumour (benign or malignant), a sudden loss of brain function caused by a
blockage or rupture of a blood vessel to the brain (loss of muscular control,
diminution or loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech etc.), a
movement disorder called Sydenham’s chorea, visual disturbance (such as temporal
loss of vision, blurred vision or double vision), heart attack, inflammation of the
pancreas (with the major symptoms: severe pain in the abdomen, nausea, fever), a
disease of the connective tissue, called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Some side effects might be signs of blood clot formation or other serious conditions;
see section 2 “Tell your doctor immediately if …”. If you experience any of these side
effects, you should immediately stop taking TriRegol and contact your doctor.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE TRIREGOL
Store below 25°C.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use after the expiry date stated on the package. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What TriRegol contains
Each blister pack of tablets contains the following active substances: 6 pink tablets:
each tablet contains 50 microgram levonorgestrel and 30 microgram ethinylestradiol
5 white tablets: each tablet contains 75 microgram levonorgestrel and 40 microgram
ethinylestradiol
10 ochre tablets: each tablet contains 125 microgram levonorgestrel and 30
microgram ethinylestradiol

The other ingredients are:
Pink tablets:
Core: colloidal anhydrous silica; magnesium stearate; talc; maize starch; lactose
monohydrate;
Coating: colloidal anhydrous silica; talc; carmellose sodium; povidone K30;
Macrogol; copovidone; calcium carbonate; sucrose; red iron oxide (E172); titanium
dioxide (E171).
White tablets:
Core: colloidal anhydrous silica; magnesium stearate; talc; maize starch; lactose
monohydrate;
Coating: colloidal anhydrous silica; talc; carmellose sodium; povidone K30;
Macrogol; copovidone; calcium carbonate; sucrose; titatium dioxide (E171).
Ochre tablets:
Core: colloidal anhydrous silica; magnesium stearate; talc; maize starch; lactose
monohydrate;
Coating: colloidal anhydrous silica; talc; carmellose sodium; povidone K30;
Macrogol; copovidone; calcium carbonate; sucrose; yellow iron oxide (E172);
titanium dioxide (E171).
What TriRegol looks like and contents of the pack
Each blister contains 21 tablets: 6 pink tablets, 5 white tablets and 10 ochre tablets.
Pink tablets: pink, bright, biconvex, circular tablets.
White tablets: white, bright, biconvex, circular tablets.
Ochre tablets: yellow, bright biconvex, circular tablets.
Packaging:
Aluminium-PVC/PVDC blister.
Pack sizes: 1 x 21 tablets, 3 x 21 tablets, 6 x 21 tablets and 13 x 21 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Gedeon Richter Plc.
1103 Budapest
Gyömroi út 19-21
Hungary
Distributed by:
Consilient Health (UK) Ltd.
500 Chiswick High Road
London W4 5RG
Manufacturer:
Gedeon Richter Plc.
1103 Budapest
Gyömroi út 19-21

Hungary
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the
following names:
Austria: Triregol überzogene Tabletten
Belgium: Triaselle comprimés enrobés
Triaselle omhulde tabletten
Triaselle überzogene Tabletten
Denmark: Triregol, overtrukne tabletter
Greece: Επικαλυμμένα δισκἱα TriRegol
Finland: Triregol tabletit, päällystetyt
Ireland: Triregol coated tablets
Luxemburg: Triregol comprimés enrobés
Triregol omhulde tabletten
Triregol überzogene Tabletten
Portugal: Triregol comprimidos revestidos
Sweden: Triregol dragerade tabletter
United Kingdom: TriRegol coated tablets
This leaflet was last approved in December 2012.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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