Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest)
What is Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) used for?
Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) is an oral contraceptive prescribed to women to prevent pregnancy. It contains a combination of female hormones that stops the release of an egg from the ovaries to prevent fertilization. This action may also make it useful for preventing excessive menstrual bleeding in women who are also taking contraceptives. Your physician may prescribe this medication for other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest)?
Always follow the instructions provided by your physician and those included with the packaging while using Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally taken once each day beginning on the first day of your period, but your individual instructions will depend on the condition being treated and your health condition. The tablets are contained in a calendar package to help you keep track of which tablets should be taken each day. These doses should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, but a meal is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Never split or crush the tablets to avoid destroying or altering the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest)?
Some patients using Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Serious side effects possibly requiring emergency medical attention are severe headaches, faintness, difficulty breathing, chest pain, severe nausea, unusual swelling in the hands or feet, a lump in the breast, depression, discolored stools, darkened urine, or jaundice. Contact your physician as soon as you experience any worrying or intense symptoms to make sure the necessary changes are made to your dosage and frequency of administration to prevent more health problems from occurring.
This medication is not meant to be taken by male patients. Do not begin using Qlaira (Estradiol Valerate/Dienogest) if you are pregnant, suspected of being pregnant, attempting to conceive, breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, or those who have a history of breast cancer, cancer of the genital tract, heart valve disease, diabetes with complications, angina, obesity, high cholesterol, systemic lupus, history of blood clots, pancreatitis, unexplained vaginal bleeding, porphyrias, jaundice, or severe liver disease. Also disclose if you have a history of heart attacks, obesity, a history of blood clots, history of migraines, depression, heart failure, history of gallstones, varicose veins, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, sickle cell anemia, or decreased kidney or liver function. These conditions may lead to unexpected problems requiring special adjustments to your treatment.
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 an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.