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Co-cyprindiol tablets

Can you take co-cyprindiol non stop? I have taken it for 4 months and have had bad skin problems that are now clear. I have also had endometriosis. I want to stop taking this pill - when can I safely do so? Tomorrow? Will I painfully bleed?

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The answer

As far as literature is concerned, you cannot take co-cyprindiol non stop. It is normally advised to take it accordingly: starting on the first day of your next period, take one tablet daily for 21 days and then have 7 days without taking a tablet. Patients then continue to take one tablet daily for 21 days and then have 7 pill-free days until their doctor tells them otherwise. There are circumstances where one can start the next packet of co-cyprindiol straight away without any tablet-free days and this is in the event that if you are more than 12 hours late taking a tablet.

It is always advisable to inform and discuss with your GP before stopping any medication and we suggest you speak to your GP before stopping co-cyprindiol altogether.

A bleed is expected during tablet-free days, and so this rationale can be applied to if you stop taking co-cyprindiol you may find that you bleed. With regard to it being painful, this is difficult for us to answer as each individual is different.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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