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Hana is a daily contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy for women of childbearing age. Hana is a progestogen only pill and contains desogestrel. Hana is more than 99% effective, when used correctly.Hana contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone: a progestogen called desogestrel. Unlike the combined pill, Hana does not contain any oestrogen hormone, in addition to the progestogen. For this reason, Hana is called a progestogen-only pill (POP).In contrast to the combined pill, Hana can be used: by women who cannot take oestrogens, or do not want to by women who are breast-feedingIf you think you are post-menopausal, talk to your doctor. You may not need to take contraceptives.Hormonal contraceptives, including Hana, do not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted disease. Only condoms can protect you from sexually transmitted infections.This product does not work as an emergency contraceptive. If it's taken every day it will protect against pregnancy in the future.
Talk to your pharmacist, doctor or family planning nurse before taking Hana: If you have had cancer that is affected by progestogen hormones, such as certain types of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer If you have had a blood clot in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism) If you have liver cancer or other liver problems If you have high blood pressure If you have diabetes If you have epilepsy If you have tuberculosis If you have had chloasma (yellowish-brown pigmentation patches on the skin, particularly of the face) If any of these apply to you, you may still be able to take Hana but your doctor may want to see you from time to time. It is common for women taking Hana to have bleeding patterns that are different from their usual periods. Some women will have bleeding less often, or none at all; some women will have bleeding more often. Bleeding patterns may settle with time. A change in your bleeding pattern is not something you should normally be worried about if you are taking your pill as directed. Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Hana will not prevent pregnancy unless taken exactly as directed. Take one tablet at the same time every day, without a break between packs. Swallow the tablet whole. Choose a convenient time of day. It is best to link this to something you already do at the same time every day. For example, when you wake up, or when you brush your teeth. Never skip your daily tablet. Take it every day, even when you bleed or have spotting. The days of the week are printed on the pack, and arrows show the order to take the tablets. Every time you start a new pack of Hana, take a tablet labelled with the correct day. For example, if you start on a Wednesday, you must take a tablet marked with Wed. Don't start with just any tablet. Continue to take one tablet a day until the pack is empty, following the direction of the arrows. When a pack is empty, you must start with a new pack of Hana on the next day, without a break, and without waiting for a bleed. Pre-existing bleeding abnormalities such as oligomenorrhoea and amenorrhoea should be investigated before starting Hana. You can stop taking Hana whenever you like. From the day you stop, you are no longer protected against pregnancy.
Each film-coated tablet contains 75 microgram Desogestrel. The other ingredients are Alpha-tocopherol; Maize Starch; Povidone; Stearic Acid; Hypromellose; Macrogol 400; Titanium Dioxide (E 171); Lactose Monohydrate.