Hana 75mcg Tablets
Hana 75mcg Tablets
Hana is a progestogen-only oral contraceptive pill (POP), which contains the
progestogen desogestrel. As a pharmacy medicine, without prescription, it is for women of childbearing age who want to prevent pregnancy. Hana is taken daily, at the same time each day, without any breaks between packs.
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Hana is a daily contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy for women of childbearing age. It is an oral hormonal contraceptive (often called “the pill”). Hana works primarily by preventing a woman’s egg cell from ripening (prevents ovulation); it also has effects on cervical mucus which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
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).
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How to take Hana
Tablets must be taken every day at the same time so that the interval between two
tablets is always 24 hours. The first tablet should be taken on the first day of
menstrual bleeding. Thereafter one tablet each day is to be taken continuously
without taking any notice of possible bleeding. When a pack of pills is finished, a
new pack should be started directly the day after the previous one.
Taking emergency contraception containing ulispristal acetate
Using Hana and emergency contraception containing ulipristal acetate together can alter the effect of
both these medicines, resulting in reduced contraceptive effect and increased risk of pregnancy.
If you have used emergency contraception containing ulipristal acetate during your cycle, you must
wait 5 days after taking ulipristal acetate before taking Hana. You must also use additional
contraception (for example, condoms) every time you have sex during the 5 days while you wait to
start or resume taking Hana and for the first 7 days of taking Hana (ie. for a total of 12 days).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
Do not use Hana if you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant. Take a pregnancy test or talk to
your pharmacist, doctor or family planning nurse if your period is late after missing any pills in the
last month, or if you think you may be pregnant. If you become pregnant, stop taking Hana and see
Signs that you may be pregnant include: a missed period, tender breasts, feeling sick, tiredness, and
If you are breast-feeding
Hana may be used while you are breast-feeding. Desogestrel, the active substance of Hana, does not
appear to influence the production or the quality of breast-milk. However, there have been infrequent
reports of a decrease in breast milk production while using desogestrel. A small amount of desogestrel
passes into the milk.
Researchers have followed children who were breast-fed for 7 months while their mothers were using
desogestrel. The children’s health was studied up until they were 2½ years old. No effects on their
growth or development were seen.
When and how to take the tablets
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 (see Section 4,
“Possible side effects”).
The Hana pack contains 28 tablets. 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 shown by 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.
If you take more Hana than you should
There have been no reports of serious harmful effects from taking too many Hana tablets at one time.
Symptoms can include nausea and vomiting and, in young girls, slight vaginal bleeding. For more
information, ask your pharmacist, doctor or family planning nurse.
If you stop taking Hana
You can stop taking Hana whenever you like. From the day you stop, you are no longer protected
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your pharmacist, doctor or family
Like all medicines, Hana can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your pharmacist, doctor or family planning nurse if you notice any unwanted effect, especially if severe or persistent.
Serious side effects are rare
Severe allergic reactions
You may experience signs of a severe allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) including:
- swollen face, lips, tongue and/or throat
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
Get medical advice immediately if you get any of these.
Pregnancy outside the womb (ectopic pregnancy)
Rarely, women taking Hana have had an ectopic pregnancy, where the baby develops outside the
womb. Symptoms might include:
- a sudden or severe pain in the lower abdomen or stomach area with or without vaginal bleeding.
Contact a doctor immediately if you get these.
Risk of blood clots
Women taking hormonal contraceptive pills are at increased risk of blood clots. Symptoms might include:
- swelling, redness or pain in the leg
- chest pain, breathlessness or coughing up blood
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice these.
Changes to your periods
You are likely to experience changes in your periods while using Hana. You do not need to take any
action, just continue taking Hana exactly as directed, even if you start to have these changes:
- irregular periods: your periods may be less or more frequent, shorter or longer, lighter or heavier
than before you started Hana
- spotting or bleeding when you are not having your period. This may be just slight staining which
may not even require a pad, or heavier bleeding like a light period. You may need to use tampons or sanitary towels
- stop having periods while taking Hana
Contact your doctor or family planning nurse if you start to have these changes:
- your menstrual period differs from that which would be expected with Hana
- your menstrual period is more frequent than you find acceptable
- your menstrual period is unusually heavy
- you repeatedly have bleeding that is brought on by sex
Meanwhile, you must continue to take Hana every day.
Common side effects
These may affect up to 1 in 10 women
- altered mood, depressed mood
- decreased sexual drive (libido)
- breast pain
- irregular or no periods
- increased body weight
Uncommon side effects
These may affect up to 1 in 100 women
- infection of the vagina
- difficulties in wearing contact lenses
- hair loss
- painful periods
- ovarian cysts
The active substance is desogestrel.
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.
Do not take Hana
- if you have cancer that is affected by sex-steroid hormones, such as certain types of breast
cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer
- if you have a blood clot in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism)
- if you have, or have had, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) or severe liver
diseases and blood tests show your liver has not returned to normal
- if you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding between your periods, or if you repeatedly have
bleeding after sex
- if you are allergic to desogestrel, or any of the other ingredients of Hana
- if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
Talk to your doctor or family planning nurse if any of these apply to you. Your doctor or family
planning nurse may advise you to use a different method of birth control.
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
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 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
Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.
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