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Clairette

Clairette tablets are a type of hormonal medicine which can be used by women to treat acne and certain other skin conditions caused by an imbalance of the hormones known as androgens. Containing cyproterone acetate and ethinylestradiol, Clairette can manipulate hormones in a way which makes the skin less oily and blocks the potential development of acne or any excessive hair growth. A medication like Clairette is prescribed only when a case of acne proves resistant to antibiotics or other acne treatments. Clairette is a branded version of the medication known as co-cyprindiol. It is also available under the different brand name Dianette.

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What are Clairette tablets?

Clairette tablets are a prescription-only and hormone-based medication used to treat acne and other skin conditions such as very oily skin or excessive hair growth in a woman of reproductive age. Due to its contraceptive properties, Clairette should only be prescribed if your doctor considers treatment with a hormonal contraceptive to be an appropriate course of action. Treating acne with a hormonal treatment like this one is usually done when the acne is resistant to antibiotics or other types of treatment. While Clairette can provide some contraceptive cover, it is not a free form of contraception and should not be relied upon as the sole contraceptive measure.

Clairette is a branded version of the medication known as co-cyprindiol. Dianette is another brand name this treatment is sold under.

How does Clairette work?

Clairette tablets contain two active substances – cyproterone acetate and ethinylestradiol. The latter is an oestrogen which is commonly used in hormonal replacement therapy (HRT).

Both substances are anti-androgens which can be used to treat various androgen-dependent conditions which include acne and excessive hair growth. If someone produces an excessive amount of androgen hormones, then this can lead to blocked grease glands on the skin due to an overproduction of sebum (a naturally oily substance the body creates). These glands can then become infected and allow acne to develop. By reducing the androgens’ ability to produce sebum, the problems which lead to acne developing become less likely to occur.

Who can take Clairette tablets?

Only women can use clairette tablets. It should only be prescribed if your doctor considers that treating your acne (or excessive hair growth) with a hormonal contraceptive is appropriate. These tablets are usually only considered when your skin condition has not improved after using other anti-acne treatments, including topical treatments and antibiotics.

If all of this above applies to you, then you could consider taking clairette tablets. However, women with certain conditions or other health-related circumstances should avoid these tablets for safety reasons.

Do NOT take clairette tablets if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are already using another hormonal contraceptive
  • You have hepatitis C and your treating it with medicine
  • You are pregnant, breastfeeding or think you may be pregnant
  • You have or have previously had a blood clot in your leg, lung or another part of your body
  • You have a health problem related to blood clotting, such as protein C deficiency
  • You or any close family members have a medical condition which makes you more at risk of a thrombosis
  • You have or have previously had a disease that may be an indicator of a heart attack in the future or mini-stroke
  • You have previously experienced a heart attack or stroke
  • You have a condition which increases the risk of a blood clot in your arteries
  • You have or have previously had a migraine with visual disturbances
  • You suffer from sickle cell anemia
  • You have disorders of lipid metabolism
  • You have cancer of the breast or the lining of the womb
  • You are experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding of unknown cause
  • You have certain types of jaundice (speak with your doctor before considering this medication if you have jaundice)
  • You have or have previously had liver tumours
  • You have any other sort of short term or long term liver disease
  • You have or have ever been diagnosed with a meningioma

Also, if you have experienced any conditions while pregnant, you should detail these to your doctor before taking clairette. Any conditions not mentioned above should be mentioned too, just to be sure there’s nothing in your medical history that could make taking clairette problematic.

On a related note, you should also disclose any other medicines which you are currently taking or have recently used before you start using clairette, since some treatments can clash with the effects of this medicine. As indicated earlier, any medicines taken to treat hepatitis C should not be used at the same time as clairette (or other medicines with the same ingredients).

Other medicines which could potentially cause problems if taken alongside clairette include the following:

  • Antibiotics for treating a bacterial infection
  • Tetracycline antibiotics
  • Griseofulvin
  • Phenylbutazone
  • Medicines used to treat epilepsy
  • Medicines used to treat arthritis

How to take Clairette

The usual dosage instructions when prescribed clairette is to take one tablet at the same time each day for 21 days. This is then followed by seven days of taking no tablets before starting the next pack of 21 pills.

Usually, you start clairette tablets on the first day of the next period. However, if you are switching to clairette after using a different pill, then start taking clairette on the day after you finish your last pack of the previous pill. Always follow your doctor’s instructions closely when using this medication and consult your patient information leaflet if you’re unsure about any of the steps in using clairette.

Does Clairette cause side effects?

Like with all medicines, it is possible that clairette could cause side effects, although not all patients experience them. Most of the time, any side effects that may be experienced while taking clairette are nothing to be too concerned about. However, you should stop taking this medication and see a doctor if you experience symptoms which indicate you’re experiencing an allergic reaction or a blood clot. Seek medical help urgently if you experience severe chest pain, severe swelling, breathlessness, numbness, dizziness or fainting after using clairette.

Thankfully, severe or prolonged side effects are rarely reported by clairette users. The most commonly reported side effects can feel unpleasant, but are usually short-lasting and far less intense relatively speaking. They include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight increase
  • Headaches
  • Altered mood
  • Breast pain and tenderness

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either the Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Dosage Instructions
One tablet to be taken at the same time each day. Swallow your tablet whole with a glass of water.
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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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