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Diane-35 contains two types of sex hormones, a progestogen called Cyproterone acetate and an estrogen called Ethinylestradiol. It is used in women of reproductive age who suffer from conditions due to an increased sensitivity to androgens in the body. Androgens are hormones in the body that make one display more male characteristics. Women who are more sensitive to androgen may have conditions such as acne, very oily skin or excessive hair growth in certain areas of the face or body. The medication also provides effective oral contraception in women being treated for the above conditions.
If you are taking Diane-35 for any of the conditions above, you must not take any other hormonal contraceptive at the same time.
If you missed a tablet for less than 12 hours from your usual time
If you missed a tablet for more than 12 hours from your usual time
If the missed tablet is within week 1 of the pack:
If the missed tablet is within week 2 of the pack:
If the missed tablet is within week 3 of the pack:
If you took your tablets correctly in the previous 7 days, follow any of the following 2 methods. You do not need extra contraception. If this was not the case, follow the first method and you would need additional contraception, such as condoms, for the next 7 days.
If you vomit or suffer from diarrhea within 3 to 4 hours of taking this medication, the tablet may not be absorbed. This is considered a missed dose. You should then follow the instructions above.
Check with your doctor about any symptoms that becomes bothersome.
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Using a combined hormonal medication increases a woman’s risk of developing blood clots compared to a woman not taking any combined hormonal contraception. The risk of developing a blood clot in a vein is highest during the first year a woman uses the medication. Other risk factors for developing blood clots include smoking and obesity. However, the formation of a blood clot is rare and the doctor would have considered the risks against the benefits before making the recommendation.
The symptoms of a blood clot include one or more of the following:
Other rare but serious effects that you may or may not experience:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
If you are seeing other healthcare professionals for any other medical conditions, inform them that you are taking this medication.
Some medications including antibiotics and antifungals may affect how Diane-35 works or be affected by Diane-35. Please inform other healthcare professionals about this medication you are taking if you are seeing them for other medical conditions.
The above information answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information. It also does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.