Gedarel 30/150 Contraceptive Pill

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What is Gedarel 30/150?

Gedarel is a combined oral contraceptive pill taken by women to prevent pregnancy.

Gedarel is what is known as a monophasic combined pill, which means that each pill contains the same amount of the active ingredients. Gedarel tablets contain a lower dose in comparison to the majority of other contraceptive pills, so if you are prone to suffering from side effects this pill may be the most suitable for you.

Gedarel 30/150 tablets are one of the most reliable reversible forms of contraceptive. When taken correctly, this contraceptive pill is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

How does Gedarel work?

Gedarel 30/150 contains two active ingredients, ethinylestradiol and desogestrel, and works in three ways to prevent pregnancy:

  • It prevents ovulation.
  • It thickens the mucus in the cervix, which makes it more difficult for sperm to reach the womb.
  • It makes the lining of the womb thinner, which reduces the chance that a fertilised egg can attach itself to the womb wall.

The contraceptive pill will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You will need to use a condom for this protection.

How to take Gedarel 30/150

To effectively prevent pregnancy, it is important to always take the contraceptive pill exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if you are still not sure.

  1. Take one tablet at around the same time each day for 21 days.
  2. After 21 days, do not take any tablets for 7 days. During this 7 day break you will have a regular withdrawal bleed. If you have taken the tablets correctly, you will still be protected against pregnancy during this break.
  3. Once your 7 day break is over, start taking the tablets again straight away.

Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.

Read the patient information leaflet for complete instructions on how to take Gedarel.

Who can take Gedarel 30/150 tablets?

Gedarel 30/150 is not suitable for everyone to use.

Do not take Gedarel if:

  • You have ever had a heart attack or a stroke
  • You have ever had a blood clot in a blood vessel in your legs, lungs or any other organ in your body
  • You are aware that you have a disorder that affects your blood clotting
  • You need to have an operation or are off your feet for long periods of time
  • You have or have ever had angina pectoris or a transient ischaemic attack
  • You have any diseases that may increase the risk of a clot in the arteries
  • You have or have ever had a migraine with aura
  • You are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
  • You have ever had a tumour in the liver
  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding
  • You have ever had inflammation of the pancreas
  • You have endometrial hyperplasia
  • You have ever had a liver disease and your liver function has not returned to normal
  • You have had or are suspected of having breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs
  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in this medicine

Tell your doctor before you take Gedarel if:

  • You are allergic to any other medication
  • You are currently taking any other medication
  • You have any illnesses not listed above

This list is not exhaustive. Read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on who this medicine may not be suitable for.

Can you buy Gedarel over the counter?

You must have a prescription to be able to buy Gedarel, so it is not available for purchase over the counter. You will need to speak to a doctor.

Can you buy Gedarel online in the UK?

You can buy Gedarel 30/150 tablets online from Medicine Direct after a simple online consultation with one of our registered health professionals. They will assess your answers and issue a prescription for this combined pill if they deem it safe for you to take.

It is important to ensure that you are buying medicine online from a UK fully regulated pharmacy. To learn more about our company, team, medical professionals, and the licenses we hold, visit our about us page.

Gedarel alternatives

If you find that this contraception is not suitable for you, there are many alternatives you could try instead. Talk to your doctor before switching from one contraception to another.

Popular brands of combined oral contraceptives also for sale at Medicine Direct include:

  • Yasmin
  • Ovranette
  • Synphase
  • Noriday
  • Logynon

On the other hand, you could also speak to your doctor about trying a progestogen-only pill (POP), such as:

  • Norgeston
  • Cerazette

There are also forms of effective contraception that do not require you to take any pills, including:

  • Contraceptive injection
  • Contraceptive implant
  • Contraceptive patch
  • Condoms
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)

For more information on different types of contraception that may be suitable for you, we recommend visiting the Contraception Choices website.

How do you take Gedarel 30/150?

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Gedarel 30/150 contraceptive pills.

To effectively prevent pregnancy, it is important to always take the contraceptive pill exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist for guidance if you are still not sure.

What if I forget to take it?

If you accidentally miss one dose, take the missed pill as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills on the same day. Missing one day should not affect your contraceptive protection and you should still be protected from pregnancy.

If you have missed more than one day you should use an extra form of contraception, such as a condom, for the next seven days.

Side Effects

Rare side effects of this combined pill include:

  • Eye irritation due to contact lenses
  • Skin disorders
  • Fever
  • Chloasma
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Breast discharge
  • Hypersensitivity or infection
  • Weight loss
  • Harmful blood clots in a vein, such as in a lung, a leg, a stroke, heart attack, mini-stroke or temporary stroke-like symptoms, blood clots in the liver, stomach, kidneys, eye or small intestine

For more information on medicines that interact with Gedarel

Does Gedarel cause weight gain?

A common side effect of taking the combined pill is weight gain, although this will not affect everyone who takes it.

Serious allergic reaction

In rare instances, it is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Gedarel 30/150.

You must either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you have any of the following symptoms:

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

You may be having a serious allergic reaction to the contraceptive pill and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on side effects. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please speak to your doctor.


Before you start using the contraceptive pill, it is important to inform your doctor if you are already taking any other form of medication. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicine, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies.

In particular, tell your doctor before taking Gedarel if you are currently taking any of the following:

  • You have hepatitis C and are taking any medicines containing ombitasvir, paritaprevir, dasabuvir or ritonavir
  • Medicines for epilepsy
  • Medicines for tuberculosis
  • Medicines for HIV
  • Medicines for fungal infections
  • The herbal remedy St. John's wort
  • Medicines for increased blood pressure in the lung vasculature

Gedarel 30/150 may also increase the efficiency of other medicines, including:

  • Ciclosporin
  • Levothyroxine
  • Tizanidine
  • Lamotrigine

The contraceptive pill can increase your risk of health conditions like breast cancer and blood clots. Talk to your doctor about the risks associated with taking the pill if you believe you are at a higher risk of this problem.

You are at a higher risk of blood clots if:

  • You smoke
  • You are obese
  • You do not take regular exercise
  • You have recently given birth
  • You have a family history of blood clots
  • You have had a miscarriage

It is important to bear in mind that a contraceptive pill like Gedarel 30/150 will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). You will still need to use a condom for this kind of protection.

Driving and operating machines

This contraceptive pill should not impair your ability to drive or operate machines. However, if you suffer any side effects that affect your judgement or vision, you are advised to not drive, cycle or operate machinery until you feel better. If these symptoms persist, you should seek medical attention.

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on warnings and drug interactions. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take Gedarel 30/150 if you are pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while taking Gedarel 30/150 tablets, stop taking them and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

You should not take Gedarel 30/150 if you are breastfeeding. If you want to take the combined oral contraceptive pill while breastfeeding, please speak to your doctor first.

Make sure you inform your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are breastfeeding
  • You think you might be pregnant

For more information on taking Gedarel during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Gedarel 30/150 contains two active ingredients: ethinylestradoil and desogestrel.

Each pill also contains the following ingredients: Potato starch, stearic acid, all-rac-alpha-tocopherol,, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, silica colloidal anhydrous and povidone K-30.

The table coating contains quinolone yellow (E104), hypromellose, macrogol 6000 and propylene glycol.

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Medically Reviewed byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 23/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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