Cerelle

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84 pack of Cerelle 75µg desogestrel film-coated tablets
Packaged blister packet of 75mg Cerelle film-coated tablets

Cerelle is a type of hormonal contraceptive pill sometimes called the mini pill or progestogen-only pill (POP). To place your order, fill in our brief questionnaire. One of our doctors will review your request and issue your prescription, provided Cerelle is suitable for you.

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What's the difference between Cerelle and Cerazette?

Nothing significant at all. Both contraceptive pills contain exactly the same active ingredients and in the same quantities, although the inactive ingredients do differ slightly. They have different names because they are made by different manufacturers.

How to take Cerelle

Take one pill every day. It doesn’t matter if you take it with or without food. You need to take Cerelle continuously, so don’t have a break between pill packs.

Cerelle tablets need to be taken at the same time every day. If you forget to take the pill and are more than 12 hours late, take the last pill (even if this means taking 2 pills in one day) then you’ll need to use another method of contraception along with your pill because you won’t be protected against getting pregnant if you have sex. Carry on taking your pills as usual, at your normal time after this and use condoms for 2 days.

Side effects of Cerelle

All medicines can potentially have side effects, although these don’t affect everyone. Some of the commonly reported side effects of Cerelle (affecting between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 women) include:

  • changes in bleeding pattern
  • a decreased sex drive
  • headaches
  • feeling sick
  • acne
  • breast tenderness

Weight gain and changes in mood, including depression, are listed as potential common side effects of Cerelle. But it’s not proven that Cerelle causes these side effects.

A link between progestogen-only pills (POPs) and the development of breast cancer has not been disproven due to limited studies.

Always read the information leaflet to find out about less common side effects of Cerelle.

If you do become pregnant while using this pill, you might be at a greater risk of the pregnancy occurring outside the womb (ectopic pregnancy). If you experience any sudden or unusual abdominal pain, dizziness, diarrhoea, vomiting, changes to your urine, or abnormal bleeding while you’re taking Cerelle, and you have a positive pregnancy test, seek medical help immediately.

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Medically reviewed by:
Dr Clair Grainger

Dr Clair Grainger studied at The University of Edinburgh from 2004 to 2009. She's worked in hospitals throughout Edinburgh and London before completing her GP training in North Middlesex Hospital in 2017.

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Last reviewed: 09 Mar 2019