Gedarel

Available in 20/150mcg and 30/150mcg

  • Combined contraceptive pill containing desogestrel and ethinylestradiol.
  • Up to 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
  • Always read the patient information leaflet before use.
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20/150mcg - 1 month pack
£13.99
20/150mcg - 2 month pack
£24.99
30/150mcg - 1 month pack
£15.99
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Gedarel is a combined contraceptive pill containing synthetic versions of the natural female sex hormones progestogen and oestrogen: desogestrel and ethinylestradiol. These hormones prevent pregnancy by stopping the ovary from releasing an egg each month, thickening the fluid at the neck of the womb and thinning the lining of the womb. When used correctly, the combined contraceptive pill can be 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

 

How does Gedarel work

Gedarel contains two synthetic female hormones to help protect against pregnancy: desogestrel and ethinylestradiol. These active substances work as a contraceptive by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg every month. These hormones also work by thickening the mucus in the cervix (the neck of the womb) so it’s harder for sperm to reach an egg, and thinning the lining of the womb so there’s less chance of a fertilised egg being able to implant itself into the womb and start growing.

 

Directions

Gedarel comes in strips of 21 tablets, each marked with a corresponding day of the week to make it easier for you to keep track. You should take the pill once a day, every day, with or without food. Make sure you swallow the pill whole with water if necessary - do not try to chew or break the tablet. You should make sure to take your pill at around the same time every day so it works properly. Once you have finished the strip of 21 tablets, you will then need to take a 7-day break where you take no tablets at all. This will cause a withdrawal bleed similar to a period. You will need to start the next strip of tablets once the 7-day break has finished, even if you’re still bleeding.

 

What should I do if I miss a pill? 

If you’re less than 12 hours late in taking a pill, your protection from pregnancy won’t be reduced. If you’re more than 12 hours late, you will have to use a barrier method of contraception. The more pills you miss, the greater your risk of becoming pregnant.

 

More than one tablet forgotten: 

Contact your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist.

 

One pill forgotten in week 1: 

Take the forgotten pill as soon as you remember, even if that means taking two in one day. Continue taking your pills at the usual time and use barrier contraception for the next 7 days. If you have had sex in the week before forgetting your pill, you could be pregnant - contact your doctor if this is the case.

 

One pill forgotten in week 2: 

Take the forgotten pill as soon as you remember, even if that means taking two in one day. Continue taking your pills at the usual time; you are still protected from pregnancy and don’t need to use extra contraception.

 

One tablet forgotten in week 3:

Either take the forgotten pill as soon as you remember, even if that means taking two in one day. Continue taking your pills at the usual time, but instead of taking the 7-day break at the end of the strip, skip this break and go straight to your next strip. Or you can stop the strip immediately and begin the 7-day break, which will include the day you forgot your pill. After that, start your next strip as normal. If you are sick or have severe diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking Gedarel, your body may not have absorbed the active substances in the pill. If you can’t manage to take a spare pill within 12 hours of vomiting or having severe diarrhoea, you should refer to the patient information leaflet and follow the instructions on what to do in the event of a missed pill.

 

Starting Gedarel

If you are starting Gedarel for the first time and you haven’t taken any other hormonal contraceptives in the past month, you should take the first pill on the first day of your period. This way, you will be protected from pregnancy straight away. If you wish to start Gedarel on a different day, you will need to use barrier contraception for the first 7 days of pill taking. If you are changing from a different method of contraception, refer to the patient information leaflet for specific advice on how to start taking Gedarel.

 

Side effects

Like all medicines, there is a possibility that you may experience side effects when taking Gedarel. These should usually be mild, and not everyone will experience them. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any signs of severe side effects such as an allergic reaction or a blood clot. For information on severe side effects and their symptoms, refer to the patient information leaflet. Common side effects include: 

  • Irregular bleeding

  • Depression or altered mood

  • Nervousness 

  • Headache or dizziness

  • Nausea or abdominal pain

  • Acne 

  • Tender breasts or breast pain

  • Absence of menstruation, painful menstruation or premenstrual syndrome

  • Weight gain

For information about uncommon and rare side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme

 

Blood clots

Using a combined contraceptive pill like Gedarel can increase your risk of developing a blood clot. Whilst still rare, the risk is highest during the first year of taking the pill, and you should be aware of the symptoms. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms: 

  • Throbbing or cramping pain, swelling, redness and warmth in your leg or arm

  • Sudden breathlessness, sharp chest pain and a cough or coughing up blood 

For further information on the link between the combined contraceptive pill and blood clots, as well as more symptoms to look out for, refer to the patient information leaflet. 

 

Breast cancer

Breast cancer has been found slightly more often in women who take a contraceptive pill compared to women who don’t. Once you stop taking the pill, the risk gradually decreases and 10 years after stopping the pill the risk will be the same as someone who has never taken a contraceptive pill. Breast cancer is still rare for anyone under the age of 40, even in women who take the pill.

 

Warnings

Gedarel is a contraceptive treatment for females only - do not take this medication if you are male. Whilst reliable and suitable for many women, Gedarel should not be taken if: 

  • You have (or have ever had) a blood clot in a blood vessel of your legs (deep vein thrombosis - DVT), your lungs (pulmonary embolism - PE) or any other organs. 

  • You have a disorder affecting your blood clotting - for instance, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, antithrombin-III deficiency, Factor V Leiden or antiphospholipid antibodies

  • You need an operation or if you are off your feet for a long time

  • You have ever had a heart attack or a stroke

  • You have (or have ever had) angina pectoris, a condition that causes severe chest pain and may be the first sign of a heart attack, or transient ischaemic attack (TIA - temporary stroke symptoms) 

  • You have severe diabetes with blood vessel damage

  • You have very high blood pressure

  • You have a very high level of fat in the blood (cholesterol or triglycerides) 

  • You have a condition known as hyperhomocysteinaemia 

  • You have (or have ever had) a type of migraine called ‘migraine with aura’ 

  • You have (or have ever had) inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)

  • You have (or have ever had) liver disease and your liver function is still not normal, or a tumour in the liver

  • You have (or have ever had) breast cancer or cancer of the genital organs, or if you are suspected of having any of these cancers

  • You have any unexplained vaginal bleeding

  • You are pregnant or think you could be pregnant

  • You have endometrial hyperplasia (a condition characterised by overgrowth of the lining of the uterus)

  • You are allergic to ethinylestradiol, desogestrel, or any of the other ingredients in this medicine

Some conditions can be affected or made worse by taking Gedarel. Speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for expert advice before taking this medicine if: 

  • You have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis 

  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

  • You have haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS)

  • You have sickle cell anaemia

  • You have elevated levels of fat in the blood (hypertriglyceridaemia) or a positive family history for this condition

  • You need an operation, or you are off your feet for a long time

  • You have just given birth 

  • You have an inflammation in the veins under the skin (superficial thrombophlebitis)

  • A close relative has ever had breast cancer

  • You have varicose veins

  • You have diabetes

  • You have a disease of the liver or the gallbladder

  • You have depression or mood changes

  • You have epilepsy

  • You have a disease that first appeared during pregnancy or earlier use of sex hormones

  • You have (or have ever had) chloasma (golden brown pigment patches, so-called “pregnancy patches”, especially on the face)

  • You have hereditary angioedema 

 

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You must not take Gedarel if you’re pregnant, or think you may be pregnant. You should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Gedarel if you’re breastfeeding, to make sure it’s right for you and your baby.

 

Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.

 

Storage information

Store below 30°C in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. Keep Gedarel in the original packaging. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the packaging, referring to the last day of the stated month.

Ingredients

  • The active substances are ethinylestradiol and desogestrel. One film-coated tablet contains 20 micrograms of ethinylestradiol and 150 micrograms of desogestrel. The other ingredients are: Tablet core: Potato starch; stearic acid' all-rac-alpha-tocopherol; lactose monohydrate; magnesium stearate; silica colloidal anhydrous; povidone K 30; quinoline yellow (E104). Tablet coating: Hypromellose; Macrogol 6000; propylene glycol

Drug Data
Administration Method
Oral
Drug Class
Hormonal contraception
Product Type
Prescription Only
Strength
150μg/30μg
Brand Information
Brand Name
Gedarel
Brand Address
No.1 Church Road , Richmond upon Thames, Surrey TW9 2QE
Phone
020 3751 1888

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Frequently Asked Questions

Combined contraceptive pills are not specific treatments for acne.

However, some doctors will prescribe a combined contraceptive pill to women who suffer from hormonal acne, as there does seem to be a beneficial effect.

This is only the case with combined contraceptive pills, not progestogen-only mini-pills.

It can take around 2-3 months of taking the pill before you may notice any effect on your acne.

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