Desogestrel also sold under the name Cerazette is a contraceptive pill used to prevent pregnancy. It is sometimes known simply as the pill or mini-pill. The main ingredient of this pill is the female sex hormone progestogen Desogestrel. Hence, it is also called as a progestogen-only-pill or POP and is especially suited for those women who have estrogen intolerance which is an active ingredient in combined contraceptive pills and for those who are breastfeeding.
USES OF THE DRUG:
The main use of POP is to prevent unwanted pregnancy. But sometimes, your doctor may give you this medicine to treat some other condition. Desogestrel distinguishes itself from other mini pills in preventing the female egg cell from fertilizing making it a highly potent contraceptive.
WORKING OF THE DRUG:
Most pops or mini pills function essentially by preventing the male sperms to reach the womb but they don?t always stop the female egg from fertilizing which is how the combined hormones contraceptive pills work.
DO NOT USE THIS DRUG IF YOU:
If you have certain pre-existing medical conditions like extreme liver problems jaundice, current thrombosis, unusual vaginal bleeding, blood disorder called acute porphyria, or a current thrombosis.
If you have had breast or liver cancer, coronary heart disease, deep vein thrombosis, blood clot in lungs known as pulmonary embolism, ectopic pregnancy in the past, previous epilepsy, previous jaundice, tuberculosis, or cholasma (yellowish brown patches on the skin, particularly on the face)
If you are lactose intolerant.
If you are planning a child. It is advisable to limit the usage of this pill when you are pregnant and must consult a doctor necessarily to ensure if it’s safe or not to take it. This pill is however safe to take while breast feeding but limit the usage. Again your docto’s directions override every other details or advices.
An alternative birth control method may be required for the first seven days of starting this pill.
Tell every healthcare provider who is about to treat you that you are taking desogestrel pills.
HOW MUCH TO TAKE THE DRUG?
Desogestrel is a prescription only pill. Don?t start taking Desogestrel without consulting your doctor who is the right person to prescribe you after properly examining you and your past history. As mentioned above, you can?t take desogestrel or take it with some restrictions if you have a history of certain disorders or are currently suffering from them.
HOW TO TAKE THE DRUG?
Take desogestrel pills as advised by your doctor. Normal intake is one desogestrel pill via the oral route everyday at the same time. Swallow the whole pill with water. Remember to maintain the schedule of taking one pill at the same time as timing is everything. Certain medical condition as mentioned above may require an adjustment in the dosage as directed by your doctor. Again, dosage is based on your age, response to treatment and other factors like use of some interacting medications. Also read careful instructions or ask your doctor or pharmacist if you miss one or more doses.
If you miss a dose and it?s less than 12 hours past your normal pill time, take one immediately and continue with the normal schedule. You will be safe. However if it?s more than 12 hours late, you may not be completely protected against pregnancy. You can still take a pill but you may need a backup birth control method like condoms for the next seven days. The more tablets you missed, the higher the risk of pregnancy.
There have been no reports of life threatening or serious medical conditions due to desogestrel overdose. Symptoms which might occur due to overdose are nausea, vomiting, and light vaginal bleeding. Get medical help if necessary.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CERAZETTE:
Irregular Vaginal Bleeding
Infection In Vagina
Irregular Or Painful Menstrual Periods
Cysts In Ovaries
Uneasy Feeling In Breasts
Unexpected Weight Increase
Loss Of Interest In Sex
Unusual Hair Loss
Pain And Swelling In Either Of Your Legs
Indication Of Thrombosis
Sudden Chest Pain
An Unusual Or Bloody Cough
COMMON DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Your doctor might already be aware of your medical history and let him know if not. Don?t commence, stop or alter the course of any medications without the advice of your doctor. Desogestrel may react with the following drugs: anti-seizure medications like carbamazepine, phenytoin and primidone; antibiotics like rifampicin or rifabutin; anti-virals like ritonavir; anti-fungals like griseofulvin; Medical charcoal used for stomach upsets, or antidepressants like St Johns Wort.
The above details are non exhaustive and there can be other interactions as well. Always consult your doctor and his/her directions and remember that they override on everything.
THINGS TO REMEMBER:
Let your doctor know everything about your present medications including prescribed, OTC medicines or herbal products
Always consult your doctor and follow his/her directions.
Remember that they override on everything.
It is safe for most of women, including breastfeeding mothers.
Cerazette Tablet can be taken with or without food, but take it at the same time to get the most benefit. It should be taken as your doctor’s advice.
The dose and how often you take it depends on what you are taking it for.
Your doctor will decide how much you need to improve your symptoms. Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water.
You should take this medicine for as long as it is prescribed for you. If you missed your dose and you are late by 12 hours in taking the missed dose, in that case, you must use a condom while intercourse for a period of 2 days.
most common side effects
Before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you have ever had diabetes, unexplained vaginal bleeding, and have high blood pressure.
Your doctor should also know about all other medicines you are taking as many of these may make this medicine less effective or change the way it works.
Generally, if you experience vomiting within 2 hours of dose intake, take another dose as soon as you feel better.
USES OF CERAZETTE TABLET
BENEFITS OF CERAZETTE TABLET
Secondly, it makes the fluid (mucus) in your cervix thicker, which makes it more difficult for sperm to enter the womb.
Additionally, it prevents thickening of the lining of your womb, thereby making it unfavourable for an egg to grow in it.
It does not interrupt with sex and you can lead a normal routine life without any worries.
Take it as directed by the doctor to get the most benefit.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CERAZETTE TABLET
Common side effects of Cerazette
- Weight gain
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Mood changes
- Breast pain
HOW TO USE CERAZETTE TABLET
HOW CERAZETTE TABLET WORKS
Use of Cerazette Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease and active liver disease.