Important Facts About Cerelle
Most frequent questions and answers about Cerelle as a contraceptive pill
The contraceptive pill Cerelle prevents you from getting pregnant.
progestogen-only pills such as Cerelle do not protect you from sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), only condoms can help do this.
You should not take Cerelle if:
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You have thrombosis
- You have or have had jaundice or severe liver disease
- You are suspected of having cancer
- You have unexplained vaginal bleeding
As with any form of medication, Cerelle has side effects. For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Cerelle. Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Cerelle:
- Mood swings
- Decreased sexual drive
- Breast pain
- Irregular/no menstruation
- Increased body weight
For a full list of side effects, please read the Patient Information Leaflet of Cerelle.
A common question asked, is “What happens if I miss a pill”?
If you miss taking the Cerelle pill, you must take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember – Following this, you should continue taking tablets at the usual time of day.
If you miss the pill for longer than 12 hours should also use a barrier method of contraception (e.g condom) for the next 7 days. Following the first week, it is not necessary to take further contraception measures.
You should take one Cerelle tablet each day, and should take a pill whole with water at the same time each day.
The Cerelle packet is marked with the day of the week, you should follow the arrow until the strip is empty (28 days). Following this, you should start a new pack the next day.
Keep Cerelle out of the sight and reach of children.
Store Cerelle the original package in order to protect from light and moisture.
Cerelle does not require any special temperature storage conditions.
Do not use Cerelle after the expiry date which is stated
on the carton.
The active metabolite etonogestrel shows an environmental risk to fish. Do not throw away any unused Cerelle via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.