WHAT HAPPENS IF A WOMAN MISSES A PILL?
If a woman forgets to take her Lovima tablet on time, there is a risk that the contraceptive effect may be reduced and she may not be protected from pregnancy. Pharmacists should advise all women of the actions to take if they have missed a pill:
WHAT SHOULD THE WOMAN DO IF SHE HAS A GASTROINTESTINAL UPSET AFTER TAKING LOVIMA?
Advise women during the initial consultation that if they experience vomiting within 3-4 hours after taking the tablet, Lovima may not have been absorbed sufficiently to provide contraceptive protection and they should follow the advice as if the tablet has been missed.
If she has severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhoea she should also use an additional method of contraception for the first 7 days of normal tablet taking.
Information on what to do if a woman vomits or has diarrhoea is available in the patient information leaflet.
The same guidance applies if medical charcoal is used within 3-4 hours after taking Lovima.
Advise women that if they think they may be pregnant at any time when taking Lovima, they should confirm pregnancy before stopping Lovima.
When discussing contraception with patients, highlight that condoms are the only form of contraception that can prevent STIs and HIV.