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Gedarel

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Gedarel is a combined contraceptive pill. If you have been taking Gedarel for at least 3 months you can use our convenient service to order your repeat supply online.

We offer both Gedarel 20/150 and Gedarel 30/150.

To place your order, fill in our brief questionnaire and select the pill you are taking. One of our online doctors will review your order and approve appropriate treatment.

Prescription and delivery are included.

3 month pack £25.00
6 month pack £30.00

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About Gedarel

How does Gedarel work?

The hormones in the Gedarel pill protect women against getting pregnant in three ways:
 
  • by preventing ovulation (stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg each month)
  • by thickening the fluid in your cervix (the neck of the womb) which makes it much harder for sperm to reach the egg inside
  • by changing the lining of the womb itself, making it difficult for any fertilised egg to grow in it
 
If you take the Gedarel pill correctly, it works as an effective form of contraception. Gedarel is also completely reversible, meaning that if you want to stop taking it and try to get pregnant, your chances of conceiving will not be affected at all by any past use of the pill.
 
Remember! Taking the oral contraceptive pill does not protect you from any sexually transmitted diseases. Make sure to always use a condom alongside the pill to do this. 

Taking Gedarel

How is Gedarel taken?

Gedarel should be taken daily for the first 21 days of your cycle. Every pack of Gedarel contains 1 calendar strip of 21 tablets to be taken once a day. Each tablet is marked on this strip with a day of the week, and an arrow is printed alongside to show you in which direction to carry on taking the rest.
 
Take one tablet a day for 21 days until the strip is empty. For the remaining 7 days of that month you have a ‘break’ period when you don’t take a pill. On the 2nd or 3rd day of this ‘break’ you will usually experience some withdrawal bleeding, which imitates your monthly period.
 
After these 7 days, you should take the first pill in your next strip on the 8th day, even if the bleeding hasn’t yet stopped. If you’ve taken Gedarel properly, you will start each new strip on the same day of the week every month and should  have your breakthrough bleed  on the same day of the week in that month, too.
 
Try to take your Gedarel pill the same time every day, in the morning when you wake up or before you go to bed, for instance.
 
If you are new to Gedarel, always take your first pill on the first day of your cycle (the first day of your period bleed) and follow the marked days of the week on the pack until the strip is empty. For the first 7 days of this first pack, we recommend using condoms alongside Gedarel to keep you safe from risk of pregnancy while your body adjusts to the changes in hormone level.

What if I forget a pill?

  • If you forget to take your Gedarel pill less than 12 hours later than planned then your protection against pregnancy will not be reduced. Take your pill as soon as you remember to do so and carry on the next day at your usual time.
  • If you forget to take your Gedarel pill more than 12 hours after you usually take it then you may be at risk of pregnancy. The more tablets you forget, the greater the risk of getting pregnant. Follow these rules:
  • If you forget to take more than one pill in your strip, contact your nurse or doctor for advice
  • If you forget one pill in week 1, take the pill as soon as you remember, even if you have to take two at the same time. Continue on the next day, as normal, but take extra precautions against pregnancy for the 7 days after this (like a condom). If you had sex in the week before this missed pill, you may be at risk of pregnancy, so you should contact your doctor to find out
  • If you forget one pill in week 2, take the pill as soon as you remember, again, and carry on the next day as normal. You won’t need to take any extra precautions because your protection from pregnancy hasn’t been reduced

If you forget one pill in week 3, you should either:

Take the missed pill as soon as you remember, even if you have to take two at the same time, and continue with the rest as usual. However, instead of your 7 day tablet-free ‘break’ you should carry on to the next strip straight away. You might have some breakthrough bleeding, but this is fine

OR:

Stop taking the tablets from that strip and go straight onto your 7 day tablet-free ‘break’, and then continue as normal after this break
If you forget to take any of your pills and you don’t get your usual bleeding in the 7-day tablet-free period then this may mean that you are pregnant and you should speak to your doctor before continuing to use Gedarel.

What if I am sick (vomiting) or have diarrhoea?

If you vomit or have severe diarrhoea within 3-4 hours of taking your Gedarel tablet then there is a chance that the active hormones in the tablet will not yet have been absorbed into your body. You should take another tablet from a spare strip of pills as soon as possible if you are better within 12 hours of normally taking the pill. If you don’t get better within 12 hours, follow the instructions for when you forget to take a pill (above).

Can I delay my monthly bleeding with Gedarel?

You can delay your monthly ‘withdrawal’ bleed with Gedarel by skipping your tablet-free 7 day period and starting the second strip straight away. You might experience some spotting or breakthrough bleeding while using this second strip, but this isn’t anything to worry about. Talk to your doctor if you want to do this for more than three months but, remember, your withdrawal bleed isn’t in fact a real period, so it’s not an unhealthy thing to do.

Ingredients

The active ingredients in your Gedarel pills are ethinylestradiol and desogestrel. One film-coated tablet will contain 30mcg ethinylestradiol and 150mcg desogestrel.
 
The other ingredients in these pills include: stearic acid, potato starch, all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, magnesium stearate, lactose monohydrate, silica colloidal anhydrous, povidone K 30.
 
The pills themselves are coated with Macrogol 6000, Hypromellose, and propylene glycol.

Side Effects

Common Gedarel Side Effects
 
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Sore, tender or enlarged breasts
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Decreased desire for sex
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Acne or spots
  • Weight gain or fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin rashes, like ‘nettle-rash’ (utricaria)
  • Nervousness or increased anxiety
 
These side effects will affect more than 1 in 1,000 women but less than 1 in 10 women using Gedarel.
 
Rare Side Effects
 
  • Vaginal Candidiasis (a type of yeast infection)
  • Thromboembolism
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Increased desire for sex
  • Impaired hearing (ostoclerosis)
  • Irritated eyes when using contact lenses
  • Itching, or skin disorders (like erythema nodosum, erythema multiforme)
  • Breast discharge
  • Abnormal cervical smear
 
These side effects will affect less than 1 in 1,000 women using Gedarel.
 
See a doctor immediately if you experience:
 
  • Signs of thrombosis, a blood clot in a vein or artery (sudden and severe pain and/or swelling in one of your legs, severe pain in your chest which could reach to your left arm, sudden difficulty breathing or coughing, any unusual headaches or migraines, impaired vision or double-vision, difficulty speaking, weakness, fainting, dizziness , or numbness in any part of the body)
  • Signs of cancer (changes in the nipple or any noticeable dimpling of the skin or lumps within the breast)
  • Signs of liver problems (unusual, severe abdominal pains)

Drug Interactions

Drug Interactions
 
Like all medications, you need to consult your prescribing nurse or doctor before starting Gedarel as it may alter the effectiveness of any other medications you are currently on, and vice versa. Some medications that could make Gedarel less effective include:
 
  • medicines for the treatment of epilepsy (like primidone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, barbiturates, oxcarbarnazepine, hydrontoins, topiramate, felbamat)
  • medicines for the treatment of HIV infections (nevirapin or ritonavir)
  • medicines treating other infectious diseases (like griseofulvin, tetracycline or ampicillin)
  • St. John’s wort
  • medicines containing cyclosporine or lamotrigine
 
Warnings
 
Make sure to talk to your prescribing doctor or nurse about your medical history and any current medication you are on before taking the Gedarel pill.
 
You must not take Gedarel if you:
 
  • are allergic to any of its listed ingredients
  • have or have had a blood clot (thrombosis or embolus)
  • have or have had a heart attack or stroke
  • have or have had a disease like angina pectoris that can be predictors of a heart attack
  • have any unexplained or unusual vaginal bleeding
  • have or had had any disease that increases the risk of thrombosis, like diabetes with damaged blood vessels, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in the bloody
  • have a disturbance of blood clotting (protein C deficiency, e.g.)
  • have or have had pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas
  • have or have had a liver disease, tumour of the liver or any abnormalities of the liver
  • have the signs of breast or cervical cancer or have had one of these types of cancer in the past

Speak to your doctor before using Gedarel if you have epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, IBS, immune diseases, depression or diabetes.

Consult a doctor immediately if you:                          

Think you might be pregnant, or have not had your usual withdrawal bleeding in your 7-day ‘break’ period,

Experience any of the severe reaction or symptoms listed above.
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