Hormone preparations

 

Combined oral contraceptives

Product

Recommended use

Caution

Co-cyprindiol

(Dianette)

3-6 mth to assess effect; continue for 3-4 cycles after resolution

Not licensed solely for contraception

Indication

Licensed use for severe acne refractory to prolonged AB Rx

Method of action

Anti-androgenic

Alternative COCs

None licensed for acne

Side-effects

Increased risk of VTE

As per other COCs

Cost of course of treatment