Cerazette Tablets

Cerazette Tablets (84 tablets)

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Description for Cerazette Tablets

Progestogen-only contraceptive pills, like Cerazette, contain progestogens but not oestrogens. They help to make it harder for the sperm to penetrate the womb by thickening the cervical mucus. Some can also help to stop ovulation depending on the type of progestogen they contain. If taken correctly they are over 99% successful at preventing pregnancy.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Cerazette is a progesterone-only oral contraceptive pill. Its active ingredient is desogestrel, a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone. Combined contraceptive pills contain a form of oestrogen, whereas progesterone-only pills such as Cerazette can be used by women who cannot take oestrogen. For example, progesterone-only pills are safe to use if you are breastfeeding. If used correctly, Cerazette is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.

If you have been prescribed Cerazette, repeat supplies can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy, following a simple medical questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your order on the same working day – if they deem that Cerazette is suitable for you, your order will be with you as soon as the next working day.

Pregnancy occurs when an egg released from the ovaries is fertilised by sperm. In a normal menstrual cycle, the ovaries release one egg each month – this is the process of ovulation. Cerazette increases progesterone levels in such a way that prevents the release of an egg. It also thickens the fluid in the cervix, preventing sperm from entering the womb and fertilising any eggs which are released. 

There are 28 tablets in each pack of Cerazette. There is no interval in this treatment cycle – take the first pill of your next pack the day after finishing the first.


A progestogen-only pill like Cerazette is suitable for women over 35, smokers, women who are overweight and those who cannot take eostrogen.

Pharmacist Tip: Cerazette should be taken regularly at roughly the same time every day within a 12-hour window. Your period may stop, become lighter or irregular. If you miss one pill anywhere in your pack and it is less than 12 hours late, take it as soon as you remember even if it means taking two pills in a day. You should continue taking your pills as normal and you will not need additional contraception. If you miss more than one pill or it is more than 12 hours late you will lose your contraceptive cover and extra contraception will be required for at least 7 days.

If possible, begin taking Cerazette on the first day of your period - if you begin taking the Pill in the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected from pregnancy. Take one pill at around the same time each day.

There are 28 tablets in each pack of Cerazette. There is no interval in this treatment cycle – take the first pill of your next pack the day after finishing the first.

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, even if it is nearly time for your next pill. If it is less than 12 hours after you were meant to take that pill, you should still be protected from pregnancy. If more than 12 hours have passed, you are advised to use additional contraception for the following seven days.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Cerazette, however if you do they may include:

Change in libido, mood changes, headache, acne, nausea, irregular periods, weight gain, breast pain.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

Cerazette is unsuitable for you if you have:

  • An allergy to any of the ingredients of Cerazette
  • Ever had a blood clot in the leg or lungs
  • Impaired liver function (including jaundice)
  • Unexplained vaginal bleeding

You may be advised not to take Cerazette if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • A history of breast cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Tuberculosis
  • High blood pressure
  • A history of blood clots
  • Chloasma

Do not use Cerazette if you have breast cancer, or if you have had it before. Long-term use of hormonal contraceptives may slightly increase your chance of developing breast cancer. Once you have stopped using the Pill for at least 10 years, your risk levels will come back down. Women who are elderly and/or overweight are more vulnerable to breast cancer. Take care using Cerazette if a close relative has suffered from breast cancer before. Check your breasts and nipples regularly for any changes or lumps. If you notice anything abnormal, visit your doctor as soon as you can.

The following medicines may impact the effectiveness of Cerazette:

  • Epilepsy medicines (e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine)
  • Tuberculosis medicines (e.g. rifampicin)
  • HIV medicines (e.g. ritonavir)
  • Medical charcoal
  • St John’s Wort

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

The active ingredients contained in Cerazette are:

75mcg desogestrel

Cerazette also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Colloidal anhydrous silica, all-rac-a-tocopherol, maize starch, povidone, stearic acid, hypromellose, macrogol 400, talc, titanium dioxide (E171), lactose monohydrate

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Cerazette?

    Cerazette is a progesterone-only contraceptive pill. Its active ingredient is Desogestrel, which is a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone. Cerazette primarily works by preventing an egg from ripening. It also has the effect of hindering the sperm’s entry into the womb.

  • When should I take Cerazette?

    If you haven’t taken any other form of hormonal contraception in the last month, then take your first dose of Cerazette on the first day of your normal menstrual cycle. The pills are then taken every day, at the same time each day, until you reach the end of the blister strip.

    You can start using Cerazette on days two, three, four, or five on your menstrual cycle. If this is the case, ensure you use additional non-hormonal contraceptive methods for the first seven days of pill taking.

    If you are switching to Cerazette from another contraceptive pill, then you should refer to the patient information leaflet for advice. Alternatively, you can speak to your doctor or pharmacist. The same applies if changing from a contraceptive patch, vaginal ring, implant, injection or intrauterine device.

    If starting the contraceptive pill following childbirth, a miscarriage, or an abortion, then it is advised to consult with your doctor first.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose?

    If you should miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, even if this means taking two pills on the same day. If your missed dose is less than twelve hours late, your contraceptive cover shouldn’t be affected. If the missed dose is more than twelve hours late, your contraceptive protection may be compromised. If this is the case, it is advised to use additional protection, such as condoms.

    If you have missed more than one dose in a pack, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Consult the patient information leaflet for further details. 

  • What happens if I suffer stomach upset?

    If you have vomited within 3-4 hours after taking Cerazette, or if you suffer severe diarrhoea within the same timeframe, your body may not have absorbed the full dose from your pill. Under these circumstances, the advice regarding missed pills should be followed.

  • Will taking Cerazette increase my risk of developing breast cancer?

    Cases of breast cancer have been observed slightly more often in women who take the contraceptive pill, compared to women of the same age who do not take the pill. Taking a progesterone only contraceptive, such as Cerazette, is not believed to increase said risk any more than taking the combined contraceptive pill.

  • Will taking Cerazette increase my risk of developing blood clots?

    Using a progesterone only pill, such as Cerazette, does carry an increased risk of developing thrombosis. However, this risk is lower compared with users of the combined contraceptive pill.

  • Are there any medicines I shouldn’t take whilst taking Cerazette?

    Contraceptive failure can occur from using certain medicines designed to treat; epilepsy, tuberculosis, HIV, and fungal infections. Also, St John’s Wort can also compromise Cerazette’s effectiveness.

    Before taking any new medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you may need to use additional contraceptive cover.

    The contraceptive pill can also interfere with how other medicines work. This can lead to either an increase or decrease in their effectiveness. If you are unsure about taking other medicines alongside your contraceptive pill, speak to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for advice.

  • What if Cerazette does not suit me?

    There are many varying brands and combinations of oral contraception. If Cerazette isn’t suited to you, then likely a suitable alternative will be available. Consult with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for further advice.

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