Azalia 75 Microgram Film-Coated Tablets

Package leaflet: Information for the user

75 microgram film-coated tablets



Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

-    Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

-    If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

-    This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them.

-    If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet:

1.    What Azalia film-coated tablet (hereafter: Azalia) is and what it is used for

2.    What you need to know before you take Azalia

3.    How to take Azalia

4.    Possible side effects

5.    How to store Azalia

6.    Contents of the pack and other information

1.    What Azalia is and what it is used for

This medicine is for the prevention of pregnancy.

How does it work?

Azalia contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone, the progestogen, desogestrel. For this reason Azalia is called a progestogen-only pill (POP) or mini-pill. Unlike the combined pill, the POP or mini-pill does not contain an oestrogen hormone, but only a progestogen. Most POPs or mini-pills work primarily by preventing the sperm cells from entering the womb but do not always prevent the egg cell from ripening which is the primarily action of combined pills.

Azalia is distinct from other mini-pills in having a dose that in most cases is high enough to prevent the egg cell from ripening. As a result, Azalia provides high contraceptive efficacy.

In contrast to the combined pill, Azalia can be used by women who do not tolerate oestrogens and by women who are breast feeding. A disadvantage is that vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals during the use of Azalia. You also may not have any bleeding at all.

2.    What you need to know before you take Azalia

Azalia will not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) and any other sexually transmitted diseases.

Do not take Azalia

Do not use Azalia if you have any of the conditions listed below.

•    If you are allergic to desogestrel or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).

•    If you have thrombosis. Thrombosis is the formation of blood clot in a blood vessel, which may lead to obstruction of this blood vessel {e.g. of the legs (deep venous thrombosis), the lungs (pulmonary embolism), the heart (heart attack) or brain (stroke)}.

•    If you have or have had jaundice (yellowing of the skin) or severe liver disease and the function of your liver (as determined by laboratory investigation of the blood) has not returned to normal.

•    If you have cancer that grows under the influence of certain hormones (progestagens), such as certain types of breast cancer.

•    If you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding.

If any of these apply to you, tell your doctor before starting to use Azalia. Your doctor may advise you to use a non-hormonal method of birth control.

If any of these conditions appears for the first time while using Azalia you should consult your doctor promptly.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Azalia.

If Azalia is used in the presence of any of the conditions listed below, you may need to be kept under close observation.

Your doctor can explain to you what to do. Therefore if any of these apply to you, tell your doctor before starting to use Azalia:

-    you have or have ever had breast cancer;

-    you have cancer of the liver;

-    you have or ever had venous thromboembolism;

-    you have diabetes;

-    you suffer from epilepsy (see "Other medicines and Azalia");

-    you suffer from tuberculosis (see "Other medicines and Azalia");

-    you have high blood pressure;

-    you have or have had chloasma (yellowish-brown pigmentation patches on the skin, particularly of the face); if so avoid too much exposure to the sun or ultraviolet radiation.

When Azalia is used in the presence of any of these conditions, you may need to be kept under close observation. Your doctor can explain what to do.

Breast cancer

Check your breasts regularly and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you feel any lump in your breasts.

Breast cancer has been found slightly more often in women who take the Pill than in women of the same age who do not take the Pill. If women stop taking the Pill, the risk gradually decreases, so that 10 years after stopping the Pill the risk is the same as for women who have never taken the Pill. Breast cancer is rare under 40 years of age but the risk increases as the woman gets older. Therefore, the extra number of breast cancers diagnosed is higher if the age until which the woman continues to take the Pill is higher. How long she takes the Pill is less important.

In every 10,000 women who take the Pill for up to 5 years but stop taking it by the age of 20, there would be less than 1 extra case of breast cancer found up to 10 years after stopping, in addition to the 4 cases normally diagnosed in this age group. Likewise, in 10,000 women who take the Pill for up to 5 years but stop taking it by the age of 30, there would be 5 extra cases in addition to the 44 cases normally diagnosed. In 10,000 women who take the Pill for up to 5 years but stop taking it by the age of 40, there would be 20 extra cases in addition to the 160 cases normally diagnosed.

The risk of breast cancer in users of progestogen-only pills like Azalia is believed to be similar to that in women who use the Pill, but the evidence is less conclusive.

Breast cancers found in women who take the Pill, seem less likely to have spread than breast cancers found in women who do not take the Pill. It is not known whether the difference in breast cancer risk is caused by the Pill. It may be that the women were examined more often, so that the breast cancer is noticed earlier.


See your doctor immediately, if you notice possible signs of a thrombosis (see also 'Contact your doctor as soon as possible if'}.

Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot, which may block a blood vessel. A thrombosis sometimes occurs in the deep veins of the legs (deep venous thrombosis). If this clot breaks away from the veins where it is formed, it may reach and block the arteries of the lungs, causing a so-called "pulmonary embolism".

As a result, fatal situations may occur. Deep venous thrombosis is a rare occurrence. It can develop whether or not you are taking the Pill. It can also happen if you become pregnant.

The risk is higher in Pill-users than in non-users. The risk with progestogen-only pills like Azalia is believed to be lower than in users of Pills that also contain oestrogens (combined Pills).

Children and adolescents

The safety and efficacy of desogestrel in adolescents below 18 years have not yet been established. No data are available.

Other medicines and Azalia

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.

Some medicines may stop the pill from working properly. These include medicines used for the treatment of

-    epilepsy (e.g. primidone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, felbamate and phenobarbital),

-    tuberculosis (e. g. rifampicin, rifabutin),

-    HIV infection (e.g. ritonavir, nelfinavir),

-    fungal infections (e.g. griseofulvin,),

-    medical charcoal used for stomach upset,

-    products containing St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Your doctor can tell you if you need to take additional contraceptive precautions and if so, for how long.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

Do not use Azalia if you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.

Azalia may be used while you are breast-feeding. Azalia does not influence the production or the quality of breast milk. However, a small amount of the active substance of Azalia passes over into the milk. The health of children breast-fed for 7 months whose mothers were using desogestrel has been studied up to 2.5 years of age. No effects on the growth and development of the children were observed.

If you are breast feeding and want to use Azalia, please contact your doctor.

Driving and using machines

Azalia has no influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

Azalia contains lactose

Patients with lactose intolerance should be aware that Azalia tablet contains 52,34 mg lactose (as lactose monohydrate).

If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

Regular Check-ups

When you are using Azalia, your doctor will tell you to return for regular check-ups. In general, the frequency and nature of these check-ups will depend on your personal situation.

Contact your doctor as soon as possible if:

-    you have severe pain or swelling in either of your legs, unexplained pains in the chest, breathlessness, an unusual cough, especially when you cough up blood (possibly indicating a thrombosis);

-    you have a sudden, severe stomach ache or look jaundiced (possibly indicating liver problems);

-    you feel a lump in your breast (possibly indicating breast cancer);

-    you have a sudden or severe pain in the lower abdomen or stomach area (possibly indicating an ectopic pregnancy, this is a pregnancy outside the womb);

-    you are to be immobilised or are to have surgery (consult your doctor at least four weeks in advance);

-    you have unusual, heavy vaginal bleeding;

-    you suspect that you are pregnant._

3. How to take Azalia

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Each strip of Azalia contains 28 tablets. Arrows and the day of the week are printed on the front side of the strip, which help you take your pill correctly. Take your daily tablet at about the same time each day. Swallow each tablet whole with water.

Each time you start a new strip of Azalia take a tablet in the top row. For example, if you start on a Wednesday, you should take the tablet from the top row marked We.

You should continue to take one tablet a day, until the strip is empty, always following the direction indicated by the arrows.

If you start on a Monday, in the end of the arrows the strip will be empty, but in every other case before you start a new strip you should use the tablets left on the top corner of this strip. Remember to use any remaining tablets from the first row, in sequence, before starting a new strip.

In this way you can easily check whether you have taken your daily tablet. You may have some bleeding during the use of Azalia (see "Possible side effects"), but you must continue to take your tablet as normal.

When a strip is empty, you must start with a new pack of Azalia on the next day - without interruption and without waiting for a bleeding.

Starting your first pack of Azalia

If you are not using hormonal contraception at present (or in the past month)

Wait for your period to begin. On the first day of your period take the first Azalia tablet. You need not take extra contraceptive precautions.

You may also start on days 2-5 of your cycle, but in that case make sure you also use an additional contraceptive method (barrier method) for the first 7 days of tablet-taking.

When changing from a combined pill, vaginal ring, or transdermal patch.

You can start taking Azalia on the day after you take the last tablet from the present Pill pack, or on the day of removal of your vaginal ring or patch (this means no tablet-, ring- or patch-free break). If your present Pill pack also contains inactive tablets you can start Azalia on the day after taking the last active tablet (if you are not sure which this is, ask your doctor or pharmacist). If you follow these instructions, you need not take extra contraceptive precautions.

You can also start at the latest the day following the tablet-, ring-, patch-free break, or placebo tablet interval, of your present contraceptive. If you follow these instructions, make sure you use an additional contraceptive method (barrier method) for the first 7 days of tablet-taking.

When changing from another progestogen-only pill (mini-pill).

You may stop taking it any day and start taking Azalia right away. You need not take extra contraceptive precautions.

When changing from an injectable or implant or a progestogen-releasing intrauterine device (IUD).

Start using Azalia when your next injection is due or on the day that your implant or your IUD is removed. You need not take extra contraceptive precautions.

After having a baby.

You can start Azalia between 21 to 28 days after the birth of your baby. If you start later, make sure you use during the first cycle an additional contraceptive method (barrier method) for the first 7 days of tablet-taking. However, if intercourse has already occurred, pregnancy should be excluded before starting Azalia use. Additional information for breast-feeding women can be found in 'Pregnancy and breast-feeding' in section 2. Your doctor can also advise you.

After a miscarriage or an abortion.

Your doctor will advise you.

If you forget to take Azalia

If you are less than 12 hours late

Take the tablet as soon as you remember, and take the next one at the usual time. The contraceptive action of Azalia is maintained.

If you are more than 12 hours late Take a tablet as soon as you remember, and take the next one at the usual time. This may mean taking two tablets on the same day. This is not harmful. (If you have forgotten more than one tablet you don't need to take the earlier missed ones). You are not protected against pregnancy. Continue to take your tablets as usual, but you must to use an extra method, such as a condom for the next 7 days.

The more consecutive tablets you have missed, the higher the risk that the contraceptive efficacy is decreased.

If you missed one or more tablets in the first week of tablet-intake and had sex in the week before missing the tablets, there is a possibility of becoming pregnant. Ask your doctor for advice.

If you vomit, have diarrhoea or use medical charcoal If you vomit or use medical charcoal within 3-4 hours after taking the pill or have severe diarrhoea, the active substance may not have been completely absorbed. Follow the advice for missed tablets above.

If you take more Azalia than you should

There have been no reports on serious harmful effects from taking too many Azalia tablets at one time. Symptoms that may occur are nausea, vomiting and, in young girls, slight vaginal bleeding. For more information ask your doctor for advice.

If you stop taking Azalia

You can stop taking Azalia whenever you want. From the day you stop you are no longer protected against pregnancy.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Serious undesirable effects associated with the use of Azalia are described in the section 2 "What you need to know before you take Azalia". Please read this section for additional information and consult your doctor at once where appropriate. Vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals during the use of Azalia. This may be just slight staining which may not even require a pad, or heavier bleeding, which looks rather like a scanty period and requires sanitary protection. You may also not have any bleeding at all. The irregular bleedings are not a sign that the contraceptive protection of Azalia is decreased.

In general, you need not take any action; just continue to take Azalia. If, however, bleeding is heavy or prolonged you should consult your doctor.

Users of desogestrel have reported the following side effects:

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):

-    mood altered,

-    decreased sexual drive (libido),

-    depression,

-    headache,

-    nausea,

-    acne,

-    breast pain,

-    irregular or no menstruation,

-    increased body weight.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):

-    infection of the vagina,

-    difficulties in wearing contact lenses,

-    vomiting,

-    hair loss,

-    painful menstruation,

-    ovarian cyst,

-    tiredness.

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):

-    rash,

-    hives,

-    painful blue-red skin lumps (erythema nodosum) (these are skin conditions).

Apart from these side effects, breast secretion may occur. Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via Yellow Card Scheme.


By reporting side effects you can help provide more information

on the safety of this medicine.

6. Contents of the pack and other information What Azalia contains

The active substance is desogestrel. One film-coated tablet contains 75 microgram desogestrel.

The other ingredients are:

Tablet core:

Lactose monohydrate,

Potato starch,

Povidone K-30,

Silica, colloidal anhydrous,

Stearic acid, all-rac-a-Tocopherol.

Tablet coat:

Poly[vinyl alcohol].

Titanium dioxide E171,

Macrogol 3000,


What Azalia looks like and contents of the pack

Azalia is white or almost white, round, biconvex film-coated tablet of about 5.5 mm in diameter, with a sign "D" on one side and "75" on the other side.

Azalia film-coated tablets are packaged in a blister made of transparent, hard PVC/PVDC-Aluminium foil. Each blister is placed in a laminated aluminium sachet. The blisters in the sachets are packed into a folded carton box with a patient leaflet and etui storing bag.

Pack sizes:lx28, 3x28, 6x28, 13x28 film-coated tablets.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Gedeon Richter Pic.

Gyomroi ut 19-21.

1103 Budapest, Hungary

This leaflet was last revised in July 2015

5. How to store Azalia

Store in the original package in order to protect from light and moisture.

This medicinal product does not require any special temperature storage conditions.

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the packaging. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

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