- Widely prescribed contraceptive pill that protects against pregnancy
- Increases progesterone, which prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg
- Thickens the fluid in the cervix preventing sperm from entering
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What is Cerazette?
Cerazette is the brand name for a medicine called desogestrel, which is a progestin medicine used in birth control pills for women.
You can only buy Cerazette when you have a prescription from a doctor. Following an online consultation, you can purchase Cerazette online at Medicine Direct. We sell the 75mcg dose, and if you order online before 2pm we can offer you next day delivery on your pills.
What is Cerazette used for?
Cerazette is a contraceptive pill. It is a synthetic form of progesterone, which is a female sex hormone.
The Cerazette contraceptive pill works by increasing the levels of progesterone in your body, which prevents an egg from being released from the ovaries. It thickens the fluid in the cervix, preventing sperm from entering the womb and fertilising any eggs that may have already been released, ensuring you are protected against pregnancy.
At Medicine Direct, you can order Cerazette contraceptive pills in packets of either 84 tablets (3 months' worth), or 168 tablets (6 months' worth).
Cerazette will not aid in preventing you from catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To effectively prevent catching an STI, you should use a condom.
Who can take Cerazette?
Cerazette is not suitable for all women to use.
Do not use Cerazette without consulting your doctor first if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- You are allergic to desogestrel or any of the other ingredients listed in this medicine (see the Ingredients tab for full details)
- You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
- You have any form of thrombosis (blood clots)
- You currently have, or have ever had jaundice, severe liver disease, or your liver is not working properly
- You have, or are suspected of having cancer that can grow with sex-steroids, such as types of breast cancer
If you do have any of the above, your doctor may discuss using a non-hormonal method of birth control. Speak to your doctor straight away if any of these conditions start while you are using Cerazette.
You must also tell your doctor before using this contraceptive pill if you any of the below apply to you:
- You have diabetes
- You have ever had a form of thrombosis
- You have liver cancer
- You have high blood pressure
- You have or have ever had breast cancer
- You have epilepsy
- You have chloasma
Possible side effects
Like all contraceptive pills, Cerazette does come with the risk of side effects, although not everyone gets them.
The below reactions are common and may affect up to 1 in every 10 women who take it:
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex drive, mood alteration
- Breast pain, irregular or no menstruation
Less common effects may include:
- Vaginal infection
- Hair loss
- Ovarian cysts
- Painful menstruation
Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.
Please note, these lists are not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly for a full list of side effects. Rarer and more serious reactions can be found on the Side Effects tab on this page.
Buy Cerazette safely online
Never order any medicine online unless it is from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, like Medicine Direct.
You can buy Cerazette online from our pharmacy following an online consultation with one of our doctors, who will prescribe this medicine if they believe it to be suitable for you. All of our doctors are registered with the General Medical Council, meaning they can prescribe medicine just like your local GP.
Order Cerazette online before 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery on your medication.
Cerazette Dosage and Directions
Always take the Cerazette pill exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start using this pill. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to take it.
Each strip of Cerazette contains 28 tablets, which equates to a supply of 4 weeks.
Arrows are printed on each strip, between the tablets, and the days of the week are printed on the back of the strip. Each day equates to one pill.
How to take Cerazette
Take your pill at the same time each day. Cerazette should be swallowed whole with a drink of water; do not crush or chew the pill.
Always take a pill from the top row when you start a new strip of Cerazette, and make sure that your pill is the right day of the week. For instance, if you start taking Cerazette on a Friday, be sure to take the pill that is marked as that day on the back.
Take one pill every day until the packet is empty.
You may experience some vaginal bleeding while taking Cerazette, but you should continue to use it as normal.
When you finish one strip of contraceptive pills, you must start the next strip the next day, without waiting for a bleed.
What if I forget to take it?
If you forget to take your pill, just take it as soon as you remember, as long as it is less than 12 hours late. Cerazette will still prevent pregnancy if this is the case.
Taking the pill more than 12 hours later may mean you are not totally protected against pregnancy. The more pills you miss, the higher risk you are of becoming pregnant.
If you are more than 12 hours late, you should take the pill as soon as you remember, then continue taking Cerazette at your normal time. This might mean you take two pills in the same day, which will not do you any harm. If you forget more than one pill, you don't need to take the earlier missed ones. Continue taking the pills as normal, but use a condom or an extra method of contraception for the next 7 days.
If you are more than 12 hours late in taking your pill and you have unprotected sex, it is safe to use an emergency contraception. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about this.
If you miss more than one pill during your first week of using Cerazette, and had sex in the week before you missed the pills, you may become pregnant. Speak to your doctor if this is the case.
If you vomit
If you vomit within 4 hours of taking your pill, or have diarrhoea, the active ingredient may not have been absorbed into your system completely. If this happens, follow the same instructions for if you miss a dose.
What if I take too much?
There have been no reports of anyone coming to serious harm from taking too many Cerazette pills. You may experience nausea and/or vomiting, and young girls may have slight vaginal bleeding. Consult your doctor for more information.
What if I stop taking it?
You can stop taking Cerazette at any time, but you will no longer be protected against pregnancy from the day you cease taking it.
If you do stop taking it and still wish to prevent pregnancy, you will either need a new contraceptive pill or you will need to start using condoms.
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What are the benefits of taking it?
It begins to work extremely quickly and is considered a generally safe pill to use. Cerazette works by thickening the fluid in your cervix, preventing sperm from entering the womb and fertilising any egg your ovaries may have already released. It also prevents eggs from being released from the ovaries.
Cerazette Side Effects
Rare side effects of Cerazette may include:
- Painful blue-red lumps on the skin
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it is possible to suffer a serious allergic reaction to Cerazette. You may require immediate treatment in hospital.
Either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if any of the following reactions occur:
- You are wheezing
- You develop a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- You have tightness in your chest or throat
- You are finding it hard to speak or breathe
- You have swelling in your face, lips, throat, tongue, or mouth
These lists may not be exhaustive; always refer to the information leaflet, which will come with your medicine, for full details.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Cerazette Warnings and drug interactions
Cerazette may interact with other medicines, which could hinder its effectiveness or increase your risk of side effects.
Before taking a new prescription drug, it is very important you tell your doctor if you are already taking, or have recently taken, any other form of medication. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
In particular, be sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines for:
- The HIV infection, such as ritonavir, nelfinavir, or nevirapine
- High blood pressure, angina, or certain heart rhythm disorders
- Any medicines for depression, particularly those which contain St. John's Wort
- Fungal infections
- High blood pressure in the lungs' blood vessels
- Hepatitis C virus infection
- Other infectious diseases
- Certain bacterial infections, such as erythromycin or clarithromycin
Some medicines may also cause the following when taken with Cerazette:
- Unexpected bleeding
- Make it less effective in preventing you from becoming pregnant
- Can influence the blood levels of Cerazette
If you have any questions or concerns as to whether Cerazette is suitable for you to take, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Do not use Cerazette if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant.
Cerazette can be used if you are breastfeeding as it does not interfere with the production of breast milk. However, small amounts of the active ingredient will make its way into your milk.
No effects on growth or development of children who were breastfed while their mother took Cerazette have been found in research. Nonetheless, you should still inform your doctor if you wish to start using this contraceptive pill and are currently breastfeeding.
The active ingredient contained in Cerazette is desogestrel.
Inactive ingredients are: colloidal anhydrous silica; all-rac-α-tocopherol; maize starch; povidone; stearic acid; hypromellose; macrogol 400; talc; titanium dioxide (E171); lactose monohydrate.
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