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3 month pack of Gedarel 20/150

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3 month pack of Gedarel 20/150
Gedarel is a combined oral contraceptive pill that’s over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. 

Our doctors can prescribe Gedarel if you’re between 16 and 50 and female, and it’s suitable for you.

We offer both types of Gedarel – 20/150 and 30/150.  

Last reviewed: 05/03/2020 by Dr Simran Deo

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Gedarel is a combined oral contraceptive pill that’s made up of 2 types of female hormones, progesterone (desogestrel) and oestrogen (ethinylestradiol). 

It’s available in 2 different doses 20/150 and 30/150. 20 and 30 refer to the different amounts of oestrogen in each pill. 

20/150 is a low-dose version of the combined pill which means it can cause fewer side effects.
Gedarel, like other combined pills, is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when taken correctly. 

Because it’s hard to take the pill ‘perfectly’ – as you sometimes might forget to take one or you are sick or have diarrhoea – it’s closer to 91% effective in practice.
Combined pills are all taken in a similar way:
  1. Start taking Gedarel on the first day of your period
  2. After you finish the strip, stop taking Gedarel for 7 days. You should get a period-like bleed at this time. This is called a ‘withdrawal bleed’
  3. Start a new strip after 7 days
  4. Start each strip on the same day every time
You’ll be protected from pregnancy during the 7-day break as long as you’ve taken the pack correctly.

There are other ways to take the combined pill if you’d rather not have a 7-day break. You can choose to have a 4-day break, a break after 9 weeks, or no break at all. 

It’s best to talk to a doctor about which way might work best for you. Speak to your GP, or message a Superdrug Online Doctor through your account. You can also find more information on the different ways to take Gedarel in the patient information leaflet.

You'll only be protected from pregnancy once you’ve been taking Gedarel for 7 days, so you need to use condoms for the first 7 days if you’re new to taking the combined pill.
The most common side effects of Gedarel, as with all combined pills, are:

All of the possible side effects of Gedarel are listed in the patient information leaflet.

Will I gain weight on Gedarel?

Although weight gain is listed as a common side effect in the patient information leaflet for Gedarel, there are actually no studies showing a clear link between taking the combined pill and weight gain.
Reasons you should not take Gedarel include if you:
  • are allergic to any of its ingredients
  • have or have had a blood clot (thrombosis or embolus)
  • have or have had a heart condition or stroke
  • have any unexplained or unusual vaginal bleeding
  • have or had had any disease that increases the risk of blood clots, like a family history, certain blood disorders, high blood pressure or high levels of cholesterol
  • have or have had inflammation of the pancreas
  • have or have had a liver disease, tumour of the liver or any abnormalities of the liver
  • have signs of breast or cervical cancer or have had one of these types of cancer in the past
You might not be able to take Gedarel if you have epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), an immune disease, depression or diabetes. 

You should discuss any conditions you have with the doctor prescribing you Gedarel, and if you have any concerns these should also be discussed with your GP.
Medicines that can make Gedarel less effective include:
  • epilepsy medication
  • some antibiotics
  • anti-retroviral medication (for HIV)
  • other enzyme inducers
  • laxatives or weight-loss medications
  • herbal treatments like St John’s wort
You should always tell the doctor prescribing you Gedarel about any medication you’re on, including non-prescription medicines.  

There’s a full list of medications that can interact with Gedarel in the patient information leaflet.
Taking Gedarel means that you have a higher risk of:
  • developing a blood clot
  • getting cervical or breast cancer
Always make sure the doctor prescribing your pill is aware of any conditions you have so that they can assess your risk safely. 

What should I do if I get side effects?

If you have minor side effects, it’s worth continuing to take the pill for 3 months. As your body gets used to taking it these side effects may go away. 

If you’re struggling to deal with any side effects or they continue for longer than 3 months, you should talk to a doctor. 

They’ll be able to make sure there is nothing else causing your side effects and suggest an alternative form of contraception or a switch to the lower dose (20/150) option, if you’re not already taking it.

Can I drink alcohol on Gedarel?

You can drink alcohol when you’re taking combined pills. It will not make the contraception less effective and should not increase the chance of side effects. 

We suggest you follow the recommended guidelines on alcohol limits.

Can I take painkillers on Gedarel?

You can take over-the-counter painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen if you’re on a combined pill. It will not make the contraception less effective and should not increase the chance of side effects.

Can I delay my period when I’m taking Gedarel?

It’s possible to delay your period while taking a combined pill like Gedarel by skipping your 7-day break between packs.

If you’re already taking Gedarel, you should not take period delay tablets.

How does Gedarel work?

Combined pills like Gedarel prevent pregnancy by:
  • stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation) each month
  • thickening the fluid inside your cervix (the neck of the womb), making it harder for sperm to reach an egg
  • thinning the lining of your womb so that it’s more difficult for a fertilised egg to implant and grow

Combined Pill UCL [accessed 13 March 2020]

Contraception (2018) NHS [accessed 13 March 2020]

Contraception - combined hormonal methods (2019) CKS [accessed 13 March 2020]

Contraceptives, hormonal BNF [accessed 13 March 2020]

Gedarel 20/150 patient information leaflet (2019) EMC [accessed 13 March 2020]

Gedarel 30/150 patient information leaflet (2019) EMC [accessed 13 March 2020]
Customer reviews
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  • 5
    by , 13th Nov 2019
    Great value for money, fast delivery

  • 5
    by , 21st Apr 2019
    Works perfectly

  • 5
    by , 30th Oct 2017
    Was working too much to go to the doctors and this service is such a life saver! Arrived very quickly and was very easy to order, would definitely recommend.

  • 5
    by , 4th Jan 2016
    Prefect for emergencies when you cannot get to the doctors

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