Gedarel 20/150 Contraceptive Pill

  • Combined contraceptive pill
  • 21 day course (with 7 day break)
  • 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when taken properly
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What is Gedarel?

Gedarel is an oral contraceptive pill that is taken by women to prevent pregnancy. Gedarel 20/150 tablets are one of the most reliable reversible forms of contraceptive when taken correctly.

You can buy Gedarel 20/150 tablets online from Medicine Direct after a confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors. They will prescribe you this medication if they deem it to be suitable for you. You can then buy the medication from our online pharmacy; order by 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery.

How effective is Gedarel?

When taken correctly, Gedarel 20/150 tablets 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It contains two active ingredients, Gedarel and ethinylestradiol, which prevent a woman from ovulating during her menstrual cycle.

Gedarel is a monophasic combined pill, which means that each pill contains the same amount of Gedarel and ethinylestradiol. In comparison to most other versions of the combined pill, Gedarel contains a lower dose, which makes it a good choice of contraceptive for women who are more vulnerable to getting side effects.

It is important to remember that a contraceptive pill like Gedarel will only work to prevent pregnancy. The pill will not stop you from catching sexually transmitted infections (STIs); you will still need to use a condom for this.

Alternatives to Gedarel

There are various different contraceptive medicines out there, several of which can be bought from Medicine Direct. The range of contraception includes combined pills, low-dose pills and mini pills. Condoms are also an effective method of contraception.

The likes of contraceptive patches and injections are another option that many women opt for.

Who cannot take Gedarel?

Gedarel 20/150 is not a suitable contraceptive pill for all women to use.

Do not take Gedarel if any of the below apply to you:

  • You have ever had blood clots in a blood vessel in your legs, lungs or other organs
  • You know that you have ever had a disorder that affects blood clotting
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for long periods of time
  • You have ever suffered a stroke or a heart attack
  • You have ever had angina pectoris or a transient ischaemic attack
  • You have or have ever had a disease that may increase the risk of a clot in the arteries (see below for more information)
  • You have or have ever had a migraine with aura
  • You have or have ever had inflammation of the pancreas
  • You have or have ever had a liver disease and your liver function has not returned to normal
  • You have or have ever had a tumour of the liver
  • You have, had, or are suspected of having breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs
  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • You are currently pregnant or think you might be pregnant
  • You have endometrial hyperplasia
  • You are allergic to ethinylestradiol, desogestrel or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine (please see the Ingredients tab for full details)

Diseases which can increase the risk of a clot in the arteries include:

  • Very high blood pressure
  • Severe diabetes with blood vessel damage
  • High levels of fat in the blood
  • Hyperhomocysteinaemia

Talk to your doctor before taking Gedarel if:

  • You have hereditary angioedema
  • You have or have ever had chloasma
  • You have any disease which appeared during pregnancy or the last time you used sex hormones
  • You have diabetes
  • You have epilepsy
  • You have depression or mood swings
  • A close relative has or has ever had breast cancer
  • You have varicose veins
  • You have inflammation in the veins under the skin
  • You have a disease or the liver or gallbladder
  • You have just given birth
  • You have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for long periods of time
  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • You have sickle cell anaemia
  • You have hypertriglyceridaemia, or a family history of this problem

Possible side effects

Like all medication, Gedarel 20/150 comes with the risk of side effects, although these will not affect everyone who takes it.

A very common side effect of this medicine is irregular bleeding.

Common side effects may include:

  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nervousness
  • Acne
  • Sore or tender breasts
  • Painful menstruation or no menstruation at all
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Weight gain

Uncommon side effects include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Fluid retention
  • Impaired hearing
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Breast enlargement
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Nettle rash

Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for rare and more serious reactions you may experience.

How do I take Gedarel?

Our pharacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Gedarel 20/150 contraceptive pills.

To be properly protected from pregnancy, always take Gedarel 20/150 tablets exactly as instructed by your doctor. Read the information leaflet thoroughly and speak to your doctor or pharmacist for further guidance if you are still not sure.

Whenever possible, take the first pill on the first day of your period. If you start taking this pill during the first five days of your menstrual cycle, you will be protected against pregnancy straight away.

Each pack of Gedarel contains 21 tablets. Take one pill around the same time every day. When you have finished all the tablets in the pack, do not take any tablets for seven days. During the seven-day break, you will have a normal bleed.

When the seven-day break is over, begin taking the next pack of tablets.

If you forget to take a pill, take it as soon as you remember, even if it is almost time for your next pill.

If you miss one day, you should still be protected against becoming pregnant. However, missing multiple days may mean you are not completely protected. If you miss more than one day, you should use an extra form of contraceptive, such as a condom, for the next seven days.

Read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive instructions on what to do if you miss a pill. What you will need to do will depend on how many pills you have missed.

How long does Gedarel take to work?

If you begin taking Gedarel 20/150 tablets during the first five days of your period, you will be protected straight away. If you are start to take the pill later on, you should use a condom for at least the next seven days to ensure you are fully protected against pregnancy.

What are the advantages of the combined oral contraceptive?

  • Some of the main advantages of the combined pill are:
  • It does not interrupt sex
  • It may protect against pelvic inflammatory disease
  • It may reduce the risk of certain conditions, including fibroids, ovarian cysts and non-cancerous breast disease
  • In some cases, it can be taken to reduce acne
  • Your menstrual bleeds are regular, lighter and less painful
  • It can reduce the symptoms of PMS

What are the disadvantages of the combined oral contraceptive?

  • Disadvantages of the combined pill include:
  • It may increase your blood pressure
  • It can cause temporary side effects
  • It has been linked to an increased risk of various serious health conditions, including breast cancer and blood clots
  • It will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections
  • It is common to experience breakthrough bleeding and spotting during the first few months

What are the advantages of the progesterone-only contraceptive?

  • Some of the advantages of the progesterone-only contraceptive pill are:
  • It is safe to use while breastfeeding
  • It does not interrupt your sex life
  • Women can use it at any age, even if you smoke and are older than 35
  • It is an alternative for women who cannot take the hormone oestrogen

What are the disadvantages of the progesterone-only contraceptive?

  • Disadvantages of the progesterone-only contraceptive pill are:
  • You are not protected against sexually-transmitted infections
  • It can be made less effective by certain medicines
  • You need to take it around the same time each day
  • You may have irregular periods

Which pill is right for me?

There are various different forms of contraceptive pills available in the UK. The most suitable one for you will depend on your health and circumstances.

Am I protected straight away?

If you start to take the first pill during the first five days of your menstrual cycle, you will be protected against pregnancy straight away.

Do I still need to use a condom?

If you use Gedarel 20/150 pills correctly, you should not need to use a condom to prevent pregnancy. If you start taking this medication after the first 5 days of your menstrual cycle, you will need to use a condom for the first seven days.

I forgot to take my pill – what should I do?

If you miss on pill, take it as soon as you remember, even if you need to take two pills at once. If you miss one day, you should still have contraceptive protection. Missing more than one day means you might not be totally protected, so you should use an extra form of contraception, such as a condom, for the next 7 days.

Can I drink alcohol on Gedarel?

Yes, alcohol will not make Gedarel 20/150 tablets less effective.

Can I take painkillers on Gedarel?

Over the counter painkillers like paracetamol are safe to take while using Gedarel 20/150 pills.

Can I delay my period when I’m taking Gedarel?

You can delay your period while using Gedarel 20/150 by skipping the seven-day break between packs. If you are using Gedarel, do not take period delay tablets as well.

Side Effects

Rare side effects of this combined pill can include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Eye irritation from contact lens
  • Skin disorders
  • Itching
  • Harmful blood clots in a vein or artery
  • Chloasma
  • Breast discharge
  • Weight loss
  • Vaginal discharge

In rare cases, you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Gedarel. You must call 999 or go to A&E if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • You are wheezing
  • You develop a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have swelling in your face, throat, mouth, lips or tongue

You could be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects. If you are worried about side effects, please speak to your doctor before you start to take this medication.


Before you start a new medicine, always inform your doctor if you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.

Some medicines can interact with Gedarel 20/150 tablets and make it less effective, including:

  • Epilepsy medicines
  • Medicines to treat the HIV infection
  • Medicines to treat hepatitis C
  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort
  • Medicines for fungal infections
  • Medicines for increased blood pressure in the lung vasculature
  • Other enzyme-inducing medicines
  • Certain antibiotics
  • Medicines for weight-loss
  • Laxatives

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details of warnings and interactions of this combined pill. If you have any questions or concerns about Gedarel 20/150 pills, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor.

For more information on medicines that interact with Gedarel

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

This medication is not suitable for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding.

Please speak to your doctor before taking Gedarel 20/150 if:

  • You are currently pregnant
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You think you might be pregnant
  • You are trying to get pregnant

If you become pregnant or think you might be pregnant while taking Gedarel, stop taking the pill and speak to your doctor straight away.

For more information on taking Gedarel during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


The active ingredients in this medication are desoestrel and ethinylestradiol.

Gedarel 20/150 tablets also contain the following ingredients: Potato starch, stearic acid, all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, silica colloidal anhydrous, povidone K 30, quinolone yellow (E104), hypromellose, macrogol 6000 and propylene glycol.

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This page has recently been medically reviewed by Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 02/06/2021

This content has been written by James Nuttall and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh.

Superintendent pharmacist Hussain Abdeh at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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