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Cerelle

Cerelle (84 tablets)

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Cerelle - Progesterone-only Pill

Cerelle is a progesterone-only oral contraceptive that prevents ovulation to stop pregnancy. Cerelle is a newer version of the progesterone-only or “mini-pill” which has been designed to give you more flexibility to take your contraception, with a 12-hour “missed-pill’ window. 

If you are over 18 years old and have previously been prescribed Cerelle by your GP, why not buy it here today from The Independent Pharmacy. Start getting your contraception delivered straight to your door today by completing your online consultation.

Cerelle Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

What is Cerelle?

Cerelle is a progesterone-only-pill containing the synthetic hormone desogestrel, which prevents pregnancy by stopping the female body from ovulating and by making it harder for sperm to reach the egg. 

Cerelle can be an excellent hormonal contraceptive option if you are a woman who can not use products containing oestrogen or if you are currently breastfeeding and looking for a reliable oral contraceptive. 

Cerelle is manufactured by Consilient Health and comes in boxes of 84 tablets.

 

What is Cerelle used for?

When taken as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet, Cerelle is highly effective as a progesterone-only contraceptive pill and prevents pregnancy in around 99% of users. 

 

How does Cerelle work?

Cerelle contains one active ingredient which is a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone called desogestrel. Desogestrel works in two ways to prevent pregnancy - Firstly desogestrel thickens cervical mucus making it harder for sperm to enter the uterus and also stopping eggs from being released stopping ovulation. 

 

Periods & bleeding whilst taking Cerelle

Most women, who take Cerelle or any other mini-pill, will experience changes to their periods but most irregular bleeding will resolve within the first few months. It is, however, not uncommon for some women to experience no monthly period for the whole time they are taking Cerelle.

If you carry on experiencing constant bleeding, spotting or irregular bleeding after the first few months of taking Cerelle, or you are worried, you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice. 

 

Does Cerelle cause weight gain?

Weight gain is a more commonly reported side effect of taking Cerelle, along with other oral contraceptive pills, however, there is very little evidence to suggest that there is a definite link between the pill and weight gain.

If you are taking Cerelle or are taking any other contraceptive, and you are worried about your weight you should discuss this with a doctor or practice nurse. 

 

Does Cerelle cause acne?

Cerelle may cause some women to experience increased breakouts or spots due to their skin becoming more oily. Some women will find that their condition settles after a few months. If you continue to experience or are concerned about any side effects you should discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist. 

 

Coming off Cerelle

If you decide that you no longer want to take Cerelle and are not planning on taking any other form of oral contraception you can stop taking your tablets whenever you choose. 

You will no longer be protected against pregnancy and should use a barrier method of contraception such as condoms if you do not want to get pregnant. 

If you are coming off Cerelle and switching to another form of contraception you should discuss how to do this correctly with a doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

 

Cerelle vs Cerazette 

Cerazette is a different brand of the progesterone-only-pill, which also contains the ingredient desogestrel. Both Cerazette and Cerelle work in the same way to stop ovulation and pregnancy. 

Cerazette was the first progesterone-only pill that was made only containing desogestrel, the patent on this Cerazette has since lapsed and now many pharmaceutical companies make oral contraceptives using generic desogestrel 75mcg, including Feanolla and Zelleta.

 

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Cerelle directions

Before starting Cerelle you must ensure that you have read and understood how to take this medication, which is detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet

Cerelle is for oral use only, to prevent pregnancy. It can be prescribed online by our medical team at The Independent Pharmacy for women over the age of 18 years who have had it previously prescribed by their GP. 

  • Take 1 Cerelle tablet every day at the same time with a glass of water until the packet is empty. Each pack contains 28 pills. 
  • Start each new packet on the top row and take the tablet that correlates with the right day of the week printed on the pack over each tablet and follow the arrows.
  • When you finish a pack, start a new pack, in the same way, on the following day. Do not have a break.

 

How do you start taking Cerelle?

If you are not currently using or have not used any hormonal contraception in the past month:

  • Wait for your period to start and take your first Cerelle tablet on day 1 of your period.
  • You will not need to use any barrier contraceptives such as condoms to prevent pregnancy. 
  • If you start taking Cerelle anytime after day 1 of your period you will need to use a barrier method of contraception for 7 days.

If you are switching from a combined pill, vaginal ring or transdermal patch:

  • Take your first Cerelle tablet, on the first day after your tablet, ring or patch-free break of your previous contraceptive and use barrier contraception such as condoms for 7 days.

OR

  • Do not have a tablet, ring or patch-free break and start taking Cerelle the day after you take your last tablet from your present pack, or on the day of removal of your vaginal ring or patch. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception. 

If you are changing from any other progestogen-only-pill:

  • You can switch on any day and you will not need to use additional barrier contraception.

If you are changing from an injection or implant or hormonal IUS such as the coil:

  • Take your first Cerelle tablet the day your next injection is due or on the day that your implant or your IUS is removed. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception.

If you are using Cerelle after having a baby:

  • Start taking Cerelle between day 21 and 28 after your baby is born. You will not need to use additional barrier contraception.
  • If you start taking Cerelle after day 28 you will need to use a barrier contraceptive such as a condom, during the first 7 days. 

 

What if I missed a Cerelle pill?

If you are over 12 hours late taking Cerelle or you vomit or have diarrhoea with 3-4 hours, this counts as a “missed pill”:

  • Take the “missed pill” as soon as you remember or as soon as you feel well enough and then continue to take your pills at the usual time the next day. You may need to take 2 on the same day.
  • You should use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for 7 days to protect from pregnancy.
  • If you are more than 12 hours late taking your pill and have had sex, you can use emergency contraception to protect you from pregnancy.

If you are less than 12 hours late taking your Cerelle tablet: 

  • Take the late pill as soon as you remember and take the next tablet at the usual time. 
  • You will still be protected from pregnancy. 

Cerelle side effects

Before taking Cerelle tablets, you should take time to familiarise yourself with all side effects detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet

Like other medication, Cerelle may cause some people to experience side effects. These normally improve after the first few months of taking a progesterone-only-pill.

If you experience severe side effects or an allergic reaction while taking Cerelle you should get immediate medical advice from a doctor or your nearest emergency department.

If you are concerned about any side effects or you find they do not improve after the first few months or after you stop taking Cerelle you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice. 

The most common side effects linked to taking Cerelle are:

  • Irregular periods, spotting or no periods.
  • Changes to your mood
  • Less sexual desire
  • Headaches 
  • Feeling sick
  • Acne and spots
  • Breast pain and tenderness 
  • Weight gain

Cerelle ingredients

Each Cerelle tablet contains the active substance: desogestrel 75 micrograms. 

Each Cerelle tablet contains the inactive ingredients: Lactose monohydrate, Povidone K-30, Silica, colloidal anhydrous, Stearic acid, Poly[vinyl alcohol], Titanium dioxide (E171), Macrogol 3000.

Cerelle warnings

Please read the Patient Information Leaflet for full details on the warnings and precautions associated with Cerelle tablets. 

  • Cerelle like other hormonal contraceptives does not protect against any sexually transmitted infections (STI). For protection against STI’s, you need to also use a barrier contraceptive such as a condom.
  • Speak to a doctor before taking Cerelle if you have liver disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Cerelle can increase your risk of developing breast cancer - you should ensure you regularly check your breasts for abnormalities and see a doctor if you are worried.
  • Cerelle like other hormonal contraceptives, very rarely, increases your chances of forming a blood clot. If you think you are experiencing symptoms of a blood clot you should see your doctor as soon as possible. 
  • If you are currently or have recently been taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Cerelle. 

 

Cerelle in pregnancy & breastfeeding

You should not take Cerelle, or any other hormonal contraceptive if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Please speak to a doctor if you think you have taken Cerelle during your pregnancy.

You can take Cerelle while you are breast-feeding but you should discuss your contraceptives options with a doctor, your midwife or health visitor.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Contraception?

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