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Nacrez is a minipill marketed for purchase in the UK by Teva. It works by preventing the generation of an egg during ovulation.

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In each tablet, of which there are 28 in a strip, is 75 micrograms of desogestrel. The pills are taken once daily at the same time every day.

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Nacrez is a minipill marketed for purchase in the UK by Teva. It works by preventing the generation of an egg during ovulation.

Buying the minipill doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Our service enables you to get the treatment you need shipped directly to your door.

This content was reviewed by a clinician on

09 April 2021
dr daniel

Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 09 April 2021
Product information

Nacrez is licensed for sale in the UK by Teva, and is a form of hormonal birth control called the progesterone-only pill, or minipill. This means that it is different to more conventional forms of contraceptive pill, such as combined hormonal treatments, because it only contains one version of a synthetic hormone (progesterone) instead of two (progesterone and oestrogen). Additionally, as opposed to combined oral contraceptives (or COCs), it is taken every day and not just for the first three weeks of the menstrual cycle each month.

  1. Suitable for breastfeeding users
  2. Not as likely to cause side effects
  3. Almost as effective as the combined pill

Progesterone plays a vital role in preparing the body for pregnancy. Every month, levels of the hormone rise and fall, and as they do, trigger the start of certain processes. One of these is ovulation. This is where the ovary ripens and releases an egg into the fallopian tube. It is then ready to be fertilised by male sperm.

In addition to this, progesterone also manages the breaking down of the lining of the uterine wall. This is where an egg settles and begins its development once it has been fertilised. When fertilisation does not occur, this lining falls away and is shed through menstrual bleeding.

The active ingredient in Nacrez is desogestrel, and this works by supplementing levels of progesterone as they fall. This helps to thicken the density of cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to pass through and reach an egg. The dose of this hormone in Nacrez also enables it to circumvent ovulation, and prevent the release of an egg. Together, these measures reduce the possibility of conception.

As this pill does not contain oestrogen, it is suitable for those who might be more sensitive to the effects of this hormone, and more likely to experience side effects. Another advantage of this minipill is that it can also be used by women who are breastfeeding.

When you buy Nacrez from our UK-based pharmacy, we won’t make you book an appointment, and we won’t make you wait in line to get your treatment. All you need to do is choose your product, fill in our medical questionnaire, and we’ll do the rest. Each case is reviewed by a practising doctor, and approved orders are shipped by express delivery. In most cases, you’ll receive your order within just 24 hours of consultation with our doctor.

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Only ever take the pill as prescribed by your doctor, and ensure you read the guidelines set out in the patient information leaflet beforehand. This will help you to get the best possible results out of your treatment and limit the likelihood of side effects.

  1. Administer as directed by your prescribing consultant.
  2. This will be one pill per day, which must be taken at the same time each day.
  3. For advice on the best time to start taking it, read the leaflet supplied.
  4. Keep to the days and arrows marked on the strip. This will help you to stay up to date with your course.
  5. Swallow the tablets whole. If necessary, take them with water.
  6. In the event that you miss a pill, refer to the leaflet supplied with the product for advice on what to do next. Further guidance can be obtained by speaking to your doctor, or your family planning nurse if you are still unsure.
  7. This pill is a 28-day course, and is taken without interruption.

The directions provided here are for your information, and do not constitute detailed instructions. Consult the leaflet supplied before the use of this item.

Download Nacrez patient information leaflet

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Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Nacrez 75mcg

Side effects & Warnings

Side effects

Let your doctor know if you notice any side effects which concern you. Those which may be an indicator of an allergic reaction, breast cancer or a blood clot will require immediate medical attention. Read the leaflet supplied to find out more about these.

Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Headache, mood swings, loss of sex drive, acne, weight fluctuations, feeling or being sick, breast pain or lack periods.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Vaginal infection, hair loss, ovarian cyst, pain during menstruation, drowsiness, or intolerance to contact lenses.

Rare (1 in 1000 people or less):
Skin rash, hives, or erythema nodosum.

This is only a summary of the possible side effects this treatment may result in. More detailed guidelines can be located in the patient information leaflet.


Taking it with other medicines

Inform your prescriber if you are using any other treatments, as these may cause this product to be less effective or vice versa. This pill may interact with the following: primidone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, felbamate, topiramate or phenobarbital; rifampicin or rifabutin; ritonavir or nelfinavir; griseofulvin; medical charcoal; St. John’s wort or ciclosporin.

Conditions to look out for

Avoid using Nacrez if you have a history of any of these conditions: thrombosis; jaundice; serious liver disease; cancer which reacts to hormones; or unexplained vaginal bleeding.

The following conditions may also mean that you are unable to use this pill, or required to use it under close supervision: breast cancer; liver cancer; reduced liver function; diabetes; epilepsy; tuberculosis; high blood pressure; or chloasma.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not use this pill if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.

It is possible to use Nacrez when breastfeeding, contact your doctor to discuss.

Driving and machinery

This medication has no influence on your ability to drive or operate machines.

Regular check-ups

Your doctor may wish to organise regular check-up appointments when you commence a course of Nacrez.

Contraception and cancer risks

Please take some time to read the patient information leaflet provided with this medication. It holds details on the pill and the effects it may have on cancer risks.

Lactose intolerance

This pill contains lactose. If you have an intolerance to some sugars, you should contact your GP before you commence using this treatment.

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Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Nacrez 75mcg


Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. Alcohol is not thought to interfere with the function of this pill.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. You should still be able to drive. But, if you experience any adverse effects which you think may impair your judgment or motor skills, then you should not drive and seek advice from a doctor.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

No. It is not safe for those who are pregnant or suspect they might be. While it is suitable for some women who are breastfeeding, you should still let your doctor know during consultation if this is the case.

How should I store it?

Keep it in a safe and secure environment, away from children and below 25°C. You should also make sure it is kept away from sources of light or moisture.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Contained in this pill are the following ingredients: desogestrel, lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K30, stearic acid, all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, hypromellose, silica, colloidal anhydrous, macrogol 400, talc and titanium dioxide. Do not take it if you are allergic to or unable to tolerate any of these.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You cannot buy Nacrez in the UK without a prescription. Our doctors are able to issue one if they deem it safe for you, after reviewing your answers to our questionnaire.

Is it right for me?

If you aren’t taking the pill, or are thinking about changing to a different pill, your doctor or family planning nurse will be able to help you choose the right one.

If you’re looking to get a repeat prescription for Nacrez, take our medical assessment. Your responses will be analysed by a qualified physician. Once approved, our UK-based pharmacy will prepare your order and ship it to you by 24-hour courier.

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