Gedarel is a combined oral contraceptive pill that contains two synthetic hormones, desogestrel (progesterone) and ethinylestradiol (oestrogen).
There are two types of Gedarel, Gedarel 20/150 and Gedarel 30/150.
Gedarel 20/150 is a low dose version and contains 20 micrograms (mcg) of oestrogen. This type of Gedarel is more suited to some women as it has a lower chance of causing side effects.
Gedarel 30/150 is the standard dose and contains 30mcg of oestrogen. This may be suitable for some women who benefit from a higher dose of oestrogen, as it can help regulate bleeding patterns or cause positive side effects such as improvements to skin.
Most women take Gedarel to prevent unwanted pregnancy, but the combined pill can also be used to treat heavy or painful periods.
Is Gedarel the same as Marvelon?
No, Gedarel and Marvelon are not the same, but they are very similar. Gedarel and Marvelon are both combined contraceptive pills that contain the same active ingredients (desogestrel and ethinylestradiol), but Marvelon is not available in a low dose form.
Gedarel 20/150 contains less ethinylestradiol (oestrogen) than Marvelon, but Gedarel 30/150 and Marvelon are equivalent medications - the only difference between Marvelon and Gedarel 30/150 is the branding and manufacturer. If you tried Marvelon and found that it worked for you, it is very likely that you will have the same result taking Gedarel 30/150.
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