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Cerelle is a progesterone-only pill, distributed in the UK by Consilient Health. It is a form of hormonal birth control.

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In each strip of Cerelle is 28 pills, containing 75 micrograms of desogestrel per pill.

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Cerelle is a single-hormone birth control pill, or a POP (progesterone-only pill), distributed in the UK by Consilient. This type of pill is also sometimes referred to as the minipill. As it does not contain oestrogen, it provides an efficient method of pregnancy prevention to those who might be more sensitive to the side effects sometimes caused by combined oral contraceptives. It can also be used by women who are currently breastfeeding.

  1. Breastfeeding women can use it
  2. Highly efficient preventative method
  3. Less likely to cause side effects

In the body, progesterone is responsible for regulating a number of measures which are undertaken each month to prepare the body for pregnancy. One such process involves the ripening and release of an egg from the ovary; or ovulation to give it its proper term. After this has taken place, the egg is ready to be impregnated by male sperm. Then, the egg then travels to the uterus, where it implants on the uterine wall and begins the next stage of its growth.

Oestrogen oversees the layering up of the uterine wall, so that it can receive a fertilised egg; whereas progesterone is integral in determining when this wall lining breaks down and is discharged through menstrual bleeding. If the egg is not fertilised, it disintegrates once it reaches the uterus and also exits the body with this lining.

While many minipills only contain a small amount of progesterone, which is just enough to thicken the consistency of vaginal mucus and prevent the transit of sperm to an egg, Cerelle carries a dose which also inhibits the production of an egg by the ovary, thus providing further protection from pregnancy.

Buying the progesterone-only pill online is simple with our easy-to-use consultation service. Every order we fulfil is dispensed by a UK-based pharmacy, and shipped by next-day delivery. In most cases, you’ll receive your order at your door within one day of having your order approved. Simply fill in our medical questionnaire, and your answers will be reviewed by one of our GMC-registered practitioners. They will only draw up a prescription for your medicine if they are sure that it is safe.

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How to use Cerelle

It is important to follow the instructions specified by your prescriber when using this pill, and to read the safety information fully beforehand. This will assist you making sure that the pill is as effective as it can possibly be, while limiting the risk of side effects.

  1. Administer as prescribed by your doctor.
  2. The usual dose is one tablet taken at the same time each day.
  3. Unless you are switching from another form of hormonal contraceptive or have recently been pregnant, it is recommended that you begin the course on the first day of your period.
  4. The strips containing the tablets are marked with the respective days and directional arrows to help you keep track of where you are with your treatment.
  5. Swallow the tablets whole, with water as required. Do not chew them or break them into smaller pieces prior to use.
  6. If you forget to take your pill, then you should consult the leaflet provided for advice on what to do next. Contact your general practitioner or your family planning nurse if you are still unsure.

The above directions are provided as information only. Follow the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet when using this product.

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Cerelle side effects

When using this or any other pill, it is important to keep in mind the risk of side effects, and to know what to do in the event that these take place. Some, such as those which might be signs of an allergic reaction, a blood clot or breast cancer, will require that you seek immediate medical attention.

Consult the leaflet provided with the product for more information on what these signs look like.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Mood swings, decreased libido, headache, nausea and vomiting, acne, breast pain, irregular or no menstruation, or increase in body weight.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Infection of the vagina, intolerance to wearing contact lenses, hair loss, menstrual pain, ovarian cyst, or tiredness.

Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Skin rash, hives, or painful blue-red skin lumps.

This is not a comprehensive account of the side effects this product may induce. More detailed information can be found in the patient leaflet.

Taking it with other medications

Let your doctor know if you are using any other treatments during consultation, as these may affect your ability to use this product safely. Cerelle may interact with or have its efficacy decreased by the following: antiepileptics such as primidone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, felbamate and phenobarbital; some medicines for tuberculosis, for instance rifampicin and rifabutin; treatments for HIV infections like ritonavir and nelfinavir; griseofulvin; St. John’s Wort; medical charcoal used for an upset stomach; or cyclosporine.

Conditions to look out for

It may be necessary for you to use alternative forms of contraception if you have any conditions which may make this product unsuitable for you. Do not use Cerelle if you have or have ever had: thrombosis; severe liver disease; cancer which reacts to certain hormones; or any unexplained vaginal bleeding.

A doctor may specify that you only use this product under close monitoring if you have ever had any of the following: breast or liver cancer; diabetes; epilepsy; venous thromboembolism; chloasma; tuberculosis; or high blood pressure.

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. You can continue to drink alcohol while using this minipill.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Cerelle should not affect your capacity to drive. However, if you notice any side effects which may make driving unsafe, you should avoid doing so and see your doctor as soon as possible.

Can I use this medicine while pregnant?

It is not safe for anyone who is pregnant or thinks they might be to take this pill.

Cerelle may be suitable for use by those who are breastfeeding, but only on the recommendation of a doctor. Let our prescriber know if you are breastfeeding when completing our medical assessment.

How do I store it?

This pill should be kept out of the reach of children and at room temperature.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Cerelle contains the following ingredients: desogestrel, lactose monohydrate, potato starch, povidone K-30, silica, colloidal anhydrous, stearic acid, all-rac-α-tocopherol, poly[vinyl alcohol], titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 3000, and talc.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You can only buy this product if you have a prescription, as a doctor will need to verify its suitability for you before use.

Is it right for me?

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