• Desogestrel

Cerazette is a progesterone-only pill marketed by Merck Sharp and Dohme. It is more popularly referred to as a ‘mini-pill’ and is used to provide contraception.

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Cerazette tablets contain 75 micrograms of desogestrel. These are taken once a day.

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Cerazette is a contraceptive treatment known as a POP (progesterone-only pill) or mini-pill. Unlike combined pills, this version only contains one hormone, and is designed for use by those who are sensitive to oestrogen. It can also be used by women who are breastfeeding.

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To understand how Cerazette works, it is important first to know about the processes which make pregnancy possible. Every month, the female reproductive system enters a phase called ovulation. This involves the generation of an egg by the ovary. Once this egg has been delivered into the fallopian tube, it is ready for fertilisation by male sperm.

What happens to the egg next depends on whether sperm makes successful contact with it. In cases where contact is made and penetration occurs, the fertilised egg travels to the uterus and settles on the uterine wall, also known as the endometrium. It then proceeds to develop and enters the embryonic phase. If fertilisation does not occur, the egg breaks up when it reaches the uterus and exits the body through menstrual discharge (periodic bleeding). Progesterone and oestrogen are the natural hormones which regulate the conditions necessary for conception to happen. Collectively, they control when the ovary releases eggs, and manage the consistency of the endometrium.

In Cerazette, the active ingredient is a synthetic version of progesterone, called desogestrel. This emulates the function of the hormone, and prevents the production of an egg, and works to thicken the natural mucus found in the vagina; making it harder for sperm to navigate to their destination.

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After choosing your product, you’ll be asked to take our short medical assessment. This only takes a few minutes. Your responses will be examined by one of our doctors, who will assign your treatment if it is safe. Once our pharmacy has received your order, they’ll dispense it right away and ship it to you via secure tracked delivery.

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How to use Cerazette

No hormonal contraceptive offers a complete guarantee to prevent pregnancy, even when applied correctly. However, it is important to ensure you adhere to the directions supplied with your medicine so that it is as effective as possible.

  1. Take one Cerazette tablet per day, at the same time.
  2. Tablets should be taken with water and swallowed whole.
  3. Follow the arrows on the pack as directed.
  4. If you forget to take your pill, refer to the leaflet provided for advice. Talk to your doctor if you need any further assistance.

These directions are provided as an informational guide. They do not constitute detailed instructions. Always read the patient information leaflet fully before using this medicine.

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Cerazette side effects

As with any contraceptive pill, Cerazette may cause side effects in some users. You should ensure you are aware of what these look like before using this pill, so that you can seek medical treatment in the event that they happen to you.

You should visit your doctor or hospital right away if you notice any signs of a blood clot, liver problems, breast cancer, allergic reaction or severe vaginal bleeding. Refer to the patient information leaflet to find out more about these instances.

Common (1 in 10 women or less):
Mood swings, loss of sex drive, headache, feeling sick, acne, breast pain, irregular or no periods, weight gain.

Uncommon (1 in 100 women or less):
Vaginal infection, inability to tolerate contact lenses, being sick, hair loss, painful periods, ovarian cysts, drowsiness.

Rare (1 in 1000 women or less):
Skin irritation, lumps.

This is not a complete account of the side effects associated with this product. Consult the patient information leaflet for more detailed advice.

Taking it with other medicines

During consultation, it is vital to let your doctor know if you are using any other medicines. Cerazette may be affected by the following: certain medicines used in epilepsy, such as primidone, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, carbamazepine, felbamate or phenobarbital; treatments for tuberculosis, like rifampicin; St John’s wort; some medicines used to treat HIV such as ritonavir; griseofulvin; and upset stomach products such as medical charcoal.

Conditions to look out for

You should not use Cerazette if you have or have had thrombosis, jaundice, unexplained vaginal bleeding, or a type of cancer which may be exacerbated by the use of this treatment.

A doctor may choose not to issue this product to those who have or ever have had any of the following: breast cancer; liver cancer; diabetes; epilepsy; tuberculosis; or high blood pressure.

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Q&A: our Cerazette discussion forum

Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. Alcohol is not known to affect this treatment. However, you should not drink alcohol if you are breastfeeding.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Cerazette should not affect your capacity to drive. But you should avoid driving if you experience any adverse reactions which may make driving dangerous.

Can I take this medicine while pregnant?

Never use this or any other hormonal birth control pill if you are pregnant or suspect you may be. If you are unsure, take a pregnancy test before using it. You should let your prescriber know if you are breastfeeding during consultation for this product.

How do I store it?

Make sure you store your treatment at room temperature and out of the reach of children.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

The following is a list of ingredients contained in this medicine, and if you are allergic to any of these, you should not use it: desogestrel; colloidal anhydrous silica; all-rac-α-tocopherol; povidone; stearic acid; hypromellose; maize starch; macrogol 400; talc; titanium dioxide (E171); and lactose monohydrate.

Is it available over-the-counter?

No. You cannot buy prescription contraception pills in the UK without consulting a doctor first.

Is it right for me?

Taking our short questionnaire will help you find out. One of our doctors will assess your answers and draw up a prescription for Cerazette if they are satisfied that it is suitable for you. Once your treatment has been approved, our UK-based pharmacy will dispense and ship your order, and you can expect to receive in just one working day.

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