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Zelleta

Zelleta (84 tablets)

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Zelleta Contraceptive Pill

Zelleta is a prescription-only contraceptive pill containing only progesterone. Often called a “mini-pill”, Zelleta is 99% effective when taken according to the instructions. Zelleta is a popular choice for women who cannot take products containing oestrogen, including smokers and those with high blood pressure. 

If you are over 18 years old and looking for a reliable contraceptive pill, Zelleta is an effective and affordable option for you. To get your prescription of Zelleta at The Independent Pharmacy today, just complete a short consultation with one of our medical team.

Zelleta Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 1

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: N/A

What is Zelleta and what is it used for?

Zelleta is a progesterone-only-pill (POP), which means it contains only the synthetic hormone desogestrel, which stops the female body from ovulating, to prevent pregnancy. Zelleta unlike older forms of the POP can be taken up to 12 hours late and continue to offer effective protection.

 

How does Zelleta work?

Each Zelleta tablet contains 75 mcg of the female hormone desogestrel. Like other POP, Zelleta contraceptive pill works by preventing sperm from entering the womb by thickening the mucus in the cervix.

Zelleta, unlike older versions of the POP, offers additional protection against pregnancy by delivering a high enough dose to stop the egg cell from ripening, preventing ovulation. 

 

How long does Zelleta take to work?

Zelleta will start to offer women protection from pregnancy at varying times depending on what stage of their menstrual cycle they are in when they start taking the pill or whether or not they are switching from alternative contraception. 

For more information about how to start taking Zelleta and to find out what point you are protected from pregnancy, please see details on 'How do you take Zelleta?' over in the Directions section of this page.

 

Acne & Zelleta

One of the more common side effects of taking Zelleta is outbreaks of spots and acne due to the overproduction of oil in the skin. For some women, however, they will find that taking Zelleta helps to improve the condition of their skin. 

Like many other medications, Zelleta can affect people in different ways but most side effects should improve in the first few months. If you continue to experience or are concerned about any side effects you should discuss this with a doctor or pharmacist. 

 

Weight gain & Zelleta

Research into the effects of taking a POP, suggests that there is very little evidence that there is a genuine link between the contraceptive pill and weight gain, however weight gain is reported by some women that take Zelleta.

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

 

Periods & bleeding whilst taking Zelleta

One of the downsides of taking Zelleta is that it can cause irregular vaginal bleeding. It can cause temporary changes to your period’s frequency and intensity. You may miss periods, they may stop or become lighter as your body adjusts to the medicine.

If you continue to experience constant bleeding, spotting or irregular bleeding after the first few months of taking Zelleta, or you are concerned, you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice. 

 

Is Zelleta the same pill as Cerezette?

Cerazette, like Zelleta, is another branded version of the progesterone-only-pill, Desogestrel. Zelleta and Cerazette both only contain the active ingredient desogestrel 75 micrograms and work in the same way to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. Other brands of POP also contain 75mcg desogestrel, including Cerelle and Feanolla.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How do you take Zelleta?

Before taking Zelleta you must ensure that you have read and understood how to take Zelleta, which is detailed in the Patient Information Leaflet

Zelleta is a contraceptive pill, taken orally, 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. 

  • Swallow 1 Zelleta tablet at the same time every day until the packet is empty. 
  • Start each new packet on the top row, take the tablet that correlates with the right day of the week printed on the pack over each tablet and then follow the arrows.
  • Once you finish a pack, start a new pack the next day, in the same way as before. Do not have a break.

 

How do you start taking Zelleta?

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

  • Take your first Zelleta tablet on the first day of your period. 
  • You will not need to use any additional contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. 
  • If you start Zelleta anytime after day 1 of your period use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for 7 days.

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

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

OR

  • Do not have a tablet, ring or patch-free break and take your first Zelleta tablet 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 Zelleta 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 Zelleta after having a baby:

  • Take your first Zelleta tablet between 21 and 28 days after the birth of your baby and will not need to use additional barrier contraception.
  • If you start taking Zelleta tablets after day 28 you must use additional barrier contraception such as condoms, during the first 7 days. 

 

What if I miss a Zelleta pill?

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

  • Take your missed pill as soon as you remember or as soon as you feel better 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 may not be protected from pregnancy so you should use a barrier method of contraception such as a condom for 7 days.
  • 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 Zelleta 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.

Zelleta side effects

Zelleta, in the same way as other medication, may cause some people to experience side effects. These normally improve after the first few months of starting these tablets.

If you experience severe side effects or an allergic reaction while taking Zelleta 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 using Zelleta you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice. 

Zelleta most frequently can cause:

  • Irregular periods, spotting or no periods.
  • Mood changes - low mood, depression, anxiety
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Headaches 
  • Nausea
  • Acne and spots
  • Breast pain and tenderness 
  • Weight increase

Zelleta ingredients

Each Zelleta tablet contains the active ingredient: desogestrel 75 micrograms. 

Each Zelleta tablet also contains the other ingredients: Lactose anhydrous, Potato starch, Silica colloidal anhydrous, Stearic acid.

For a full list of ingredients included in Zelleta tablets, please read the Patient Information Leaflet

Zelleta warnings

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

  • Zelleta, like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against any sexually transmitted disease.
  • Speak to a doctor before taking Zelleta if you suffer from liver disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Zelleta like other hormonal contraceptives may increase your risk of developing breast cancer - you should check your breasts regularly and see a doctor if you are concerned about any lumps or irregularities.
  • Zelleta in rare cases can slightly increase your chances of developing a blood clot. If you think you have 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 Zelleta. 

 

Zelleta in pregnancy & breastfeeding

You should not take Zelleta if you are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Speak to a doctor if you think you have taken Zelleta during pregnancy. You can take Zelleta 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?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

Zelleta Reviews

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Authored By:

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Published on: 09-11-2020

Last modified on: 09-11-2020


Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

Reviewed By:

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Chris Newbury

BPharm IP

Reviewed on: 09-11-2020

Next review date: 09-11-2022


Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.


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