Supporting women in their contraceptive choices


New pharmacy category

8-minute module

Supporting women
in their contraceptive choices

Desogestrel 75 micrograms film-coated tablets, under the brand name Lovima, have been reclassified as a Pharmacy-only (P) medicine for use as a daily hormonal contraceptive in women of child-bearing age, to be supplied under the supervision of a pharmacist. Lovima is a type of progesterone-only pill (POP).


To support you in conducting effective, patient-specific consultations on contraception and enable you to appropriately supply Lovima 75 micrograms film-coated tablets (desogestrel), which is now available from pharmacies without a prescription for women who are eligible.

Active pack

The Lovima carton is designed to act as a tool (an 'active pack') to give you the prompts you need to aid the consultation process.

Click the hotspots around the active pack to find out some of the key information about Lovima. It is important that you read the full training and consultation resources. You can download these at the end of this module.


Active ingredient: Desogestrel 75 micrograms

Proceed to the next screen to continue the module, where you will find FAQs, more detail on contraceptive options and customer scenarios.

Product Information

Lovima® 75 microgram film-coated tablets (desogestrel) - PL 42807/0002
Indications: Oral contraception for women of childbearing age including adolescents. Posology: One tablet every day continuously; 24 hours between tablets. First tablet taken on the first day of menstrual bleeding. Contraindications: Active venous thromboembolic disorder. Presence or history of severe hepatic disease. Known or suspected sex-steroid sensitive malignancies. Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding. Hypersensitivity to any ingredients. Peanut or soya allergy. Precautions: Pregnancy should be excluded, contains lactose; not for patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption. Caution in patients with: a history of breast cancer, diabetes, liver cancer or chloasma or depressed mood arising during use. Efficacy may be reduced with missed tablets, gastro-intestinal disturbances, or concomitant medications. Stop if sustained hypertension not controlled. Side effects: Very common (≥1/100 to <1/10) breast pain; depressed mood; mood altered; libido decreased; menstrual cycle irregularities: nausea; acne; weight increased, headache. Uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100) vaginal infections, contact lens intolerance, vomiting, alopecia, dysmenorrhoea, ovarian cyst, fatigue. Rare (≥1/10.000 to <1/1,000) rash, urticaria, erythema nodosum. MA holder: Maxwellia Ltd, Alderley Park, Alderley Edge, SK10 4TG Classification: P Price (ex.VAT): 28 tablets £15.23, 84 tablets £31.42.
Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Adverse events should also be reported to med.info@maxwellia.com

Date of preparation: November 2020

Lovima is a registered trade mark of Maxwellia Ltd. Content developed by Maxwellia working together with CIG Healthcare Partnership.
© 2021 CIG Healthcare Partnership.
Date of preparation: December 2020

Originally Published by Pharmacy Magazine

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