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Cerazette (Desogestrel) is used to prevent pregnancy. Cerazette is a mini pill or POP (progestogen-only pill). It is a good alternative to combined contraceptive pills for women over 35 or those who smoke. It can also be taken by women who are breastfeeding, or those who have migraines, high blood pressure, or a risk of blood clots. Cerazette tablets contain 75 micrograms of Desogestrel. This medication works by stopping your ovaries from ovulation. It also increases the thickness of the natural mucus at the neck of the womb, making it more difficult for sperm to cross from the vagina into the womb. It also thins the lining of the womb, which makes it more difficult for a fertilized egg to implant there. Cerazette should be taken every day, at the same time each day.
The brand Cerazette comes from India manufactured by Organon. The generic Desogestrel is available from the United Kingdom manufactured by a different manufacturer.
Most women will not experience any side effects of Cerazette. The common side effects may include:
• Breast tenderness;
• Changes in your period or irregular bleeding;
• Feeling sick;
• Mood changes including depression;
• Reduced sex drive;
• Weight gain
The less common side effects include:
• Hair loss;
• Ovarian cysts;
• Vaginal infection;
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Cerazette can be taken by most women, including women who are unable to take oestrogen-containing contraceptives. You should not use Cerazette if you are allergic to Desogestrel, or to any of the ingredients in this medication, or if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant or if you have:
• A cancer that grows under the influence of sex steroid hormones;
• A thrombosis;
• Any unexplained vaginal bleeding;
Before you start using this medication, tell your doctors if you:
• Have or have had breast cancer;
• have ever had a thrombosis;
• Have diabetes;
• Have high blood pressure;
• Have liver cancer;
• Have or have had chloasma;
• Suffer from epilepsy or tuberculosis
Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements and vitamins. There may be a drug interaction between Desogestrel and other medications. Consult your doctor if you are breast-feeding. Cerazette does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted disease.
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The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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