What is Gedarel?
Gedarel is a combined contraceptive pill that uses two synthetic hormones ethinylestradiol and desogestrel to replicate the action of the bodily hormones oestrogen and progesterone. It is available as Gedarel 20 and Gedarel 30.
Gedarel is suitable for most healthy women of childbearing age, and is valued by many women for its ability to ease all aspects of menstruation. Gedarel may increase the risk of thrombosis in some women and is unsuitable for women who cannot receive oestrogen. Gedarel is not recommended for heavy smokers over the age of 35 or women who are very overweight.
How to take Gedarel?
Gedarel is a monophasic (uniform dosage) pill that comes in calendar strips of 21 tablets, marked with days of the week. Take each tablet on its appropriate day until all 21 pills have been used. Then wait 7 full days and begin a new packet on the 8th day.
|21 days of daily tablets - 7 days of complete rest - 21 days of daily tablets - 7 days of complete rest - and so on...|
Your period should occur at some point during each 7 day break. You may find that your bleeding is lighter or shorter in duration than it was previously.
Who can use Gedarel?
Most healthy women of childbearing age can use Gedarel 20 and Gedarel 30 safely. If used correctly, you have an almost 100% likelihood of avoiding unwanted pregnancy. If you suffer from acne or difficult menstruation Gedarel may be recommended by your doctor. As well as preventing pregnancy, it can alleviate these conditions.
As soon as you complete your personal health questionnaire, our online GP will immediately review your medical status and check whether Gedarel is the safest form of birth control for you as an individual. If it is not suitable and we cannot approve your order, you may be recommended a different form of contraception.
Please read the Side Effects section for full information about whether Gedarel is suitable for you.
What is the dosage of Gedarel?
Gedarel comes in two sizes: Gedarel 20 and Gedarel 30. Both kinds of tablets contain the active hormones ethinylestradiol and desogestrel (synthetic oestrogen and progestogen).
Our GP will review your online medical questionnaire and prescribe whichever tablet (Gedarel 20 or Gedarel 30) matches your individual needs.
What if I forget to take my Gedarel pill?
If you forget to take one or more pills the possible consequences will vary, depending on what week of the 21 day phase you are in, and whether you had sex or not.
If you forget to take a Gedarel pill you should immediately refer to the manufacturer's pamphlet (provided with your medication). The pamphlet gives precise advice to cover all scenarios.
What are the side effects of Gedarel?
Combination pills have been widely available since the 1970s and are generally very safe for the huge majority of users. As with any prescription medicine, you may experience some side effects, but 90% of women will usually not have any problems.
Nonetheless, you should be aware of possible adverse reactions before you begin your treatment.
Can I smoke if I am using oral contraceptives?
Smoking is generally not recommended while using hormonal contraception as it increases the risk of serious side effects. This is specifically true, if you are over 35 years old and smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day. Possible serious side effects may include strokes and blood clots.
Possible common side effects
Common side effects + refer to leaflet
Most patients do not experience any significant side effects when using Gedarel, but the following common side effects may occur in some users:
- Depressed mood,
- Mood altered
- Abdominal pain
Possible adverse reactions
Very rarely patients may experience an adverse reaction to Gedarel. If you experience any of the following symptoms you should discontinue your treatment and seek immediate medical advice.
- High blood pressure
- Breast enlargement
Your prescription will come with a patient leaflet giving detailed information about the medication, its ingredients, possible side effects and contraindications. Please read this leaflet carefully before you begin taking your tablets.
If you experience serious discomfort we recommend that you go straight to your nearest casualty department. In an emergency dial 999.
When not to take Gedarel
Do not take Gedarel if you:
- Are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant
- Are very overweight
- Are allergic to any ingredients in Gedarel
- Are breast feeding
A number of prescription medications are incompatible with Gedarel.There are also some medical conditions that will prevent you from using combination pills like Gedarel safely. When you fill in your online medical questionnaire it is important to be open about any health problems. Our GP will immediately check your answers and make sure that Loestrin the safest birth control for your medical status. Your order will then be processed for free next day delivery by UPS courier.
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The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from the PDF-version from this website because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged or the medicine is from another brand.