Cerazette 0.075mg (Desogestrel)
What is Desogestrel?
Desogestrel also sold under the name Cerazette is a contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. It is sometimes known simply as the pill or mini-pill. The main ingredient of this pill is the female sex hormone progestogen desogestrel. Hence it is also called as a progestogen-only-pill or POP and is especially suited for those women who have estrogen intolerance which is an active ingredient in combined contraceptive pills and for those who are breastfeeding. The main benefit of POP is to prevent unwanted pregnancy. But sometimes, your doctor may give you this medicine to treat some other condition.
Most POPs or mini pills function essentially by preventing the male sperms to reach the womb but they don’t always stop the female egg from fertilizing which is how the combined hormones contraceptive pills work. Desogestrel distinguishes itself from other mini pills in preventing the female egg cell from fertilizing making it a highly potent contraceptive.
How it works
Common side effects
breast pain, breast secretion or leakage., tiredness.Rare: skin conditions such as: rash, nausea, hives, difficulties in wearing contact lenses, Mood changes, ovarian cysts, vomiting, decreased sexual drive, weight increase, acne, painful periods, painful blue-red skin lumps, infection of the vagina, irregular or no periods, hair loss, headache
Important Information about Desogestrel
Desogestrel shouldn’t be taken if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions like extreme liver problems jaundice, current thrombosis, unusual vaginal bleeding, blood disorder called acute porphyria, or a current thrombosis.
Prior to starting desogestrel pills, notify your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you have had breast or liver cancer, coronary heart disease, deep vein thrombosis, blood clot in lungs known as pulmonary embolism, ectopic pregnancy in the past, previous epilepsy, previous jaundice, tuberculosis, or cholasma (yellowish brown patches on the skin, particularly on the face). Some desogestrel medication may contain lactose (milk sugar) so it may not suit you if you are lactose intolerant.
Desogestrel is not safe If you are planning a child. It is advisable to limit the usage of this pill when you are pregnant and must consult a doctor necessarily to ensure if it’s safe or not to take it. This pill is however safe to take while breast feeding but limit the usage. Again your doctor’s directions override every other details or advices.
An alternative birth control method may be required for the first seven days of starting this pill. Also tell every healthcare provider who is about to treat you that you are taking desogestrel pills.
Before taking Desogestrel
Desogestrel is a prescription only pill. Don’t start taking Desogestrel without consulting your doctor who is the right person to prescribe you after properly examining you and your past history. As mentioned above, you can’t take desogestrel or take it with some restrictions if you have a history of certain disorders or are currently suffering from them. Let your doctor know everything about your present medications including prescribed, OTC medicines or herbal products.
How do and how often I take Desogesterol?
Take desogestrel pills as advised by your doctor. Normal intake is one desogestrel pill via the oral route everyday at the same time. Swallow the whole pill with water. Remember to maintain the schedule of taking one pill at the same time as timing is everything. Certain medical condition as mentioned above may require an adjustment in the dosage as directed by your doctor. Again, dosage is based on your age, response to treatment and other factors like use of some interacting medications. Also read careful instructions or ask your doctor or pharmacist if you miss one or more doses.
What do I need to avoid if I am taking Desogestrel?
So far, there is nothing which you need to avoid while taking desogestrel. Consult your doctor for more details.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose and it’s less than 12 hours past your normal pill time, take one immediately and continue with the normal schedule. You will be safe. However if it’s more than 12 hours late, you may not be completely protected against pregnancy. You can still take a pill but you may need a backup birth control method like condoms for the next seven days. The more tablets you missed, the higher the risk of pregnancy.
What if I Overdose?
There have been no reports of life threatening or serious medical conditions due to desogestrel overdose. Symptoms which might occur due to overdose are nausea, vomiting, light vaginal bleeding. Get medical help if necessary.
Interaction with other drugs
Your doctor might already be aware of your medical history and let him know if not. Don’t commence, stop or alter the course of any medications without the advice of your doctor. Desogestrel may react with the following drugs: anti-seizure medications like carbamazepine, phenytoin and primidone; antibiotics like rifampicin or rifabutin; anti-virals like ritonavir; anti-fungals like griseofulvin; Medical charcoal used for stomach upsets, or antidepressants like St John's Wort.
The above details are non exhaustive and there can be other interactions as well. Always consult your doctor and his/her directions and remember that they override on everything.
- Don’t start with just any tablet when starting a new pack of desogestrel. Always take it from the top row marked for that day.
- If you are not using hormonal contraception at present (or in the past month) take your first pack of desogestrel on the first day of your period.
- If you are changing from a combined pill (COC), vaginal ring, or transdermal patch start desogestrel at the latest the day following any break free period or on the day itself if you had no break free period. Use an additional barrier method of contraception for the first 7 days of tablet-taking if you had a break free period.
- You can start desogestrel, between 21 to 28 days after the birth of your baby. If you start later, you need to use an additional barrier method of contraception until first 7 days of tablet-taking.
- If you are less than 12 hours late in taking your next dose or if you vomit, or use medical charcoal within 3 - 4 hours or have severe diarrhea, take the missed tablet as soon as you remember and take the next one at the usual time. If you are more than 12 hours late, you may need to use emergency contraception as per doctor’s advice.
- Don’t miss one or more tablets in the very first week of tablet-intake and had intercourse in the week before missing the tablets, you may fall pregnant.
- Do not take desogestrel, if you are allergic to desogestrel or any of the ingredients of this medicine.
- Avoid taking desogestrel, if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
- Do not take desogestrel, if you have a thrombosis (blood clot in a blood vessel); (e.g. of the legs [deep venous thrombosis] or the lungs [pulmonary embolism]); or any unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Frequently asked questions
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MichelJan 29, 2016Working Good!!
I have been taking Cerazette. I have endometriosis and was told to either do hormone therapy or go on a different birth control, so I chose the birth control. My periods used to be unbearable but since starting this pill my cramps are actually bearable and much lighter! The only downfall is the first 2 weeks of the active pills I have noticed I am terribly moody, and will cry over anything, which isn't the way I've ever been!"