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U.S. Name: Cerazette
Active Ingredient: Desogestrel
Brand Manufacturer: MSD
Manufacturer Location: Netherlands
Cerazette® birth control contains a Progestogen called Desogestrel.
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The FDA allows the importation of up to three months supply for personal use.
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Alternative drugs that contain the same active ingredients: Mercilon, Microdiol
Cerazette® is an oral birth control medication that contains a Progestogen hormone called Desogestrel. Progestogens are a type of synthetic progesterone that is used in many different types of birth control and hormone replacement therapies.

Cerazette is taken daily without a break.

Cerazette® does not contain any Estrogen based hormones.
Cerazette is sold under various brand names like Cerazet and Desogestrel.
Conditions Treated by Cerazette®
Cerazette® is a birth control medication. It is called a mini-pill as it only contains Progestogens and no Estrogens. Combined birth control pills that contain Progestogens and Estrogens are often used for other purposes like clearing up acne. Cerazette® does not do this. However, by default Cerazette® helps regulate irregular menstruation and calms PMS. This is because the Progestogen hormone secreted into the bloodstream controls when the egg is released from the ovaries. This is one of the ways it protects your body from becoming pregnant. It blocks the sperm from fertilizing the egg by causing the cervical mucus to thicken and detract the sperm from reaching the egg.
Cerazette® Dosage Information
  • Typical dosage recommendations
    Cerazette® birth control medication should be taken once a day, every day. Ideally take Cerazette® at the same time every day. The medication works best like this and ensures that you remain covered with steady hormone levels throughout the month. When starting to take Cerazette®, you should take the first on the first day of your menstrual cycle. That means the day when your period begins and then you will be covered by birth control immediately. There are 28 pills in each strip. When you reach the end of the strip immediately start taking the next strip. There is no need to have a break in between packets. The most important thing is to make sure that you take the pill once a day, at the same time every day. Taking Cerazette® at the same time every day ensures that the added hormone levels in the blood stay steady throughout the month. It also means there’s less chance of you forgetting to take it!

    Work your way round the strip of tablets so you can track your compliance easily. If you do skip a dose then consult with your doctor or the Cerazette® instructions found in the packet. Being late for a dose or forgetting it altogether can result in pregnancy.

    Always keep a ready stock of Cerazette® in your medicine cabinet in case of missed doses or emergency.

  • Missing a dose
    Cerazette® is only 99% effective in preventing pregnancy if taken every day as prescribed. When you miss a pill, it may increase your chances of pregnancy. After 12 hours delay then Cerazette® becomes ineffective. If you miss a dose by mistake you should take 2 pills on the same day. Take the missed dose immediately and the next dose as planned. Also use a barrier contraceptive for 2 days afterwards to ensure that you are fully protected against pregnancy.

    The same process can be followed if you miss two pills on two separate days. Take the missing two pills immediately and the third pill as planned. If you miss 3 doses in a row then it’s better to throw away the pack and start again using a new pack. Always use a supplementary birth control method like condoms, spermicides etc when you miss a dose to avoid becoming pregnant.
  • Overdosing
    Always consult with your doctor if you miss a dose, especially if it happens more than once in the same month. Taking multiple doses at the same time (making up for missed doses) can cause an overdose unknowingly. If you feel that you may have overdosed on Cerazette®, contact your doctor immediately. Cerazette® overdose symptoms include nausea, vomiting, extreme stomach pain and vaginal bleeding.
Cerazette® Side Effects
Like most medications Cerazette® also has side effects – some are minor and some are serious and even life threatening. If the side effects last more than one day then consult with your doctor and consider changing birth control. The most common side effects of Cerazette® include nausea, headaches, depression, low libido, acne, breast pain, weight gain and changes to the menstruation like irregular bleeding or no bleeding. These side effects are minor and not considered dangerous although you should inform your doctor about them.

Generally Cerazette® is very tolerable but in some cases more severe side effects might occur. If you start feeling very tired or start experiencing vaginal infections, hair loss, painful periods, very heavy periods or start vomiting then let your doctor know. You might find it more beneficial to use a different brand of birth control. Likewise, if you wear contact lenses and find that they are not as comfortable as they used to be or if you start developing skin rashes or get an ovarian cyst.

In rare cases Cerazette® can cause very serious side effects like blood problems, nipple discharge, gallstones, hearing loss, liver problems and high blood pressure. See the packet insert for full details of side effects. If you experience a sever side effect then stop taking Cerazette® immediately.

It’s possible to have an allergic reaction to Cerazette. Symptoms of Cerazette allergy include: hives, difficulty in breathing, facial swelling, swelling of the lips, tongue or nose. Other side effects may include sudden numbness or weakness, loss of sensation in certain parts of the body, severe headaches, confusion, problems with speech and hearing, blurred vision or balance.
Cerazette Warnings
Do not use Cerazette® if you are are over 44 years old or are pregnant – it can harm you and the fetus. It should also not be used immediately following the birth of a baby. You should wait a few months before beginning the course of treatment.

Avoid taking Cerazette® if you suffer from blood pressure related problems or have suffered from cancer.

Avoid taking Cerazette® if you have suffered from organ diseases especially disorders of the lung, liver or kidneys. Heart patients should avoid taking Cerazette® or any other medication other than their heart medication. Stroke victims should also avoid using Cerazette®. Women who suffer from migraines, are overweight or suffer from cholesterol related problems should also not take Cerazette®.

Smokers should also avoid taking Cerazette®. Smoking while on birth control medication can increase the chances of blood clots, stroke or heart attack.

Taking Cerazette® alongside other medications like antibiotics, vitamin tablets, hepatitis C medication, HIV/AIDS medication, may reduce the effectiveness of Cerazette® – make sure you discuss this with your doctor!

Do not take Cerazette if you have an under-active thyroid or history of depression. Likewise, Cerazette® should be avoided if you are Diabetic as it may affect the blood sugar levels in the body. Do not take Cerazette® if you suffer from seizures or epilepsy or have suffered from tuberculosis in the past.

You should stop taking Cerazette® before going in for any surgery.

Cerazette® does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
Cerazette Drug Interactions
Cerazette® may interact with over the counter medications like vitamins, minerals and herbal products. It’s best to avoid new medicinal drugs when you are on Cerazette®.

What You Should Know Before Taking Cerazette® birth control.

Never start any new birth control without discussing it with your personal doctor. Sometimes there can be drug interaction with other medications that you are taking. Sometimes Cerazette® is not a good choice for people with previous medical conditions.

Do not presume that all birth control pills work the same way and contains the same active hormones. They don’t.

Your doctor can advise you on all the benefits and risks of taking Cerazette®, and more importantly will confirm that it is suitable for you to take – before you start taking it.
The information on this site is purely educational; it does not replace a doctor’s consultation.
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