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Cerazette® (Desogestrel)

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Contraceptive Cerazette® Adult

Cerazette® (Desogestrel) - Dosage and How to Use

How should Cerazette® (Desogestrel) be used?

  • Cerazette® should be taken as prescribed by your doctor.
  • A reliable supplementary non-hormonal contraceptive method e.g. condoms, are usually recommended for the first seven days that you start taking Cerazette®, for e.g. if you start on Days 2 – 5 of your period, you should use a reliable supplementary non-hormonal contraceptive method for the first 7 days of tablet-taking. However, no additional contraceptive precautions are necessary if Cerazette® is taken for the following scenarios below:
    • Day 1 of menstrual cycle (pregnancy should be ruled out before starting the medication)
    • Immediately after miscarriage or abortion
    • Day 21 – 28 after childbirth whether you are breastfeeding or not
    • When switching immediately from another progestogen-only pill (no break between switch in pills)
    • When switching from a combined pill (COC), vaginal ring or transdermal patch without any tablet-, ring- or patch-free break or from the last active tablet.
  • This medication should be taken after food.
  • You should take one tablet daily without break, preferably at the same time every day, regardless of menstrual bleeding.
  • When a pack is finished, the next pack should be started without interruption.
  • Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time, even if that means taking two tablets in one day.

  • When Cerazette®  is missed for 12 hours or more, a reliable supplementary non-hormonal contraceptive method such as condoms, should be used for the next 7 days.

  • Gastrointestinal upsets, such as vomiting and diarrhea within 3 – 4 hours after taking Cerazette®, may interfere with the absorption of the pill leading to a reduction in contraceptive efficacy. If this occurs, it should be considered a missed dose. You should then follow the instructions above about missed doses.

**If you miss your period (especially when tablets are missed), consult your doctor to determine if you are pregnant before continuing to take the next cycle of contraceptives.

What should I do if I overdose?

Cerazette® (Desogestrel) - Additional Information

  • Updated on Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

    ​There are certain restrictions in the supply of Cerazette®. Cerazette® is not available in community/retail pharmacies and is only available in selected healthcare institutions via prescription from in-house doctors. Please check with your healthcare provider if they are able to supply it.

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