Cerazette contraceptive pill available following an online questionnaire.

  • 3 month pack
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How to buy Cerazette pill online

To buy Cerazette contraceptive pill online patients will need to complete an online consultation for contraceptive pills before making an order.

  1. Read important medical information about contraceptive pills
  2. Answer medical questions to check for eligibility

Once completed patients choose treatment, register details, and pay online. A doctor will review your order and issue the prescription electronically to our pharmacy. Medicine is then delivered direct to you.

Cerazette mini pill

Cerazette is a mini contraceptive pill (progesterone only) and should be taken regularly every day at the same time of day (without any breaks through the cycle).


Contraceptive pillQuantityCost
Cerazette1 x 3 month pack£19.50
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Dr Fox charges a small prescription fee per order.

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Cerazette contraceptive pill is prescription only medicine. You are required to answer medical questions before completing an order. A doctor will review your information and issue a prescription online to our pharmacy.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£3.00
up to £50£5.00
up to £100£8.00
over £100£10.00

Cerazette product information

Contraceptive pill consultation process

Please read in full the medical information before completing an online consultation for Cerazette on prescription.

Who qualifies for Cerazette

Eligible women can obtain a 3-month supply of Cerazette contraceptive pill. Women qualify if:

  • They have been taking Cerazette for the last year.
  • They have had no problems with Cerazette in the last year.
  • They have had a face-to-face pill check-up for their contraceptive pill in the last year.

Alternative contraceptive pills

Please note: Dr Fox can only issue the same pill you are already taking. Women cannot change their regular oral contraceptive pill to a new type without seeing a doctor face-to-face.

In addition to Cerazette Dr Fox supplies all other brands of contraceptive pills including other mini pills and combined pills. Combined pills contain two types of hormone: eostrogens and progestogens. Mini pills contain progestogens only.

What is Cerazette?

Cerazette is a mini oral contraceptive pill manufactured by MSD pharmaceutical company containing the following active ingredient:

  • 75 micrograms of the progestogen desogestrel

Women's views of Cerazette

Some women experience side-effects when they start using the pill (see patient leaflet, link below) – the experiences of some using Cerazette are listed in these external forum links:

The comments made in the forums above are entirely personal and should not be taken as medical advice. Dr Fox is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Women using online services to obtain contraception should have regular pill checks at their doctor's surgery (usually every 6 months). Women ordering regularly from Dr Fox are required to provide GP details and consent to a notification of supply letter being sent to inform surgeries.

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Patient information leaflet – Cerazette contraceptive pill

The 'Patient Information Leaflet' supplied with medication must be read before use.
Cerazette Patient Leaflet

Cerazette patient information

Do not take Cerazette

  • if you are allergic to desogestrel, or any of the other ingredients of Cerazette (listed below).
  • if you have a thrombosis. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a blood vessel, eg of the legs (deep venous thrombosis) or the lungs (pulmonary embolism).
  • if you have or have had jaundice (yellowing of the skin) or severe liver disease and your liver is still not working normally.
  • if you have or if you are suspected of having a cancer that grows under the influence of sex-steroids, such as certain types of breast cancer.
  • if you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding.

If any of these conditions apply your GP may advise you to use a non-hormonal method of birth control.

If any of these conditions appear for the first time while using Cerazette, consult your GP immediately.

Warnings and precautions

Before you start Cerazette tell your GP or surgery nurse, if:

  • you have ever had breast cancer.
  • you have liver cancer, since a possible effect of Cerazette cannot be excluded.
  • you have ever had a thrombosis.
  • you have diabetes.
  • you suffer from epilepsy (see section 'Other medicines and Cerazette').
  • you have tuberculosis (see section 'Other medicines and Cerazette').
  • you have high blood pressure.
  • you have or have had chloasma (yellowish-brown pigmentation patches on the skin, particularly of the face). If so avoid too much exposure to the sun or ultraviolet radiation.

When Cerazette is used in the presence of any of these conditions, you may need to be kept under close observation. Your GP can explain what to do.

Breast cancer

  • It is important to regularly check your breasts and you should contact your GP as soon as possible if you feel any lump in your breasts.
  • Breast cancer has been found slightly more often in women who take the Pill than in women of the same age who do not take the Pill. If women stop taking the Pill, this reduces the risk, so that 10 years after stopping the Pill, the risk is the same as for women who have never taken the Pill.

Breast cancer is rare under 40 years of age but the risk increases as the woman gets older. Therefore, the extra number of breast cancers diagnosed is higher if a woman continues to take the Pill when she is older. How long she takes the Pill is less important.

  • In every 10,000 women who take the Pill for up to 5 years but stop taking it by the age of 20, there would be less than 1 extra case of breast cancer found up to 10 years after stopping, in addition to the 4 cases normally diagnosed in this age group.
  • In 10,000 women who take the Pill for up to 5 years but stop taking it by the age of 30, there would be 5 extra cases in addition to the 44 cases normally diagnosed.
  • In 10,000 women who take the Pill for up to 5 years but stop taking it by the age of 40, there would be 20 extra cases in addition to the 160 cases normally diagnosed.

The risk of breast cancer in users of progestogen-only pills like Cerazette is believed to be similar to that in women who use the combined pill, but the evidence is less conclusive.

Breast cancers found in women who take the Pill, seem less likely to have spread than breast cancers found in women who do not take the Pill.

It is not certain whether the Pill causes the increased risk of breast cancer. It may be that the women were examined more often, so that the breast cancer is noticed earlier.


See your GP immediately if you notice possible signs of a thrombosis (see also 'Regular check-ups').

Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot, which may block a blood vessel. A thrombosis sometimes occurs in the deep veins of the legs (deep venous thrombosis). If this clot breaks away from the veins where it is formed, it may reach and block the arteries of the lungs, causing a so-called 'pulmonary embolism'. A pulmonary embolism can cause chest pain, breathlessness, collapse or even death.

  • Deep venous thrombosis is a rare occurrence. It can develop whether or not you are taking the Pill. It can also happen if you become pregnant.

The risk is higher in Pill-users than in non-users. The risk with progestogen-only pills like Cerazette is believed to be lower than in users of Pills that also contain oestrogens (combined Pills).

Childen and adolescents

No clinical data on efficacy and safety are available in adolescents below 18 years.

Other medicines and Cerazette

Please tell your GP, pharmacist, or Family Planning Nurse if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines or herbal products, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Some medicines may stop Cerazette from working properly. These include medicines used for the treatment of

  • epilepsy (e.g. primidone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, felbamate and phenobarbital)
  • tuberculosis (e.g. rifampicin)
  • HIV infections (e.g. ritonavir), or other infectious diseases (e.g. griseofulvin)
  • stomach upset (medical charcoal)
  • depressive moods (the herbal remedy St. John's Wort).

Your GP can tell you if you need to take additional contraceptive precautions and if so, for how long.

Cerazette may also interfere with how certain medicines work, causing either an increase in effect (e.g. medicines containing cyclosporine) or a decrease in effect.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding


Do not use Cerazette if you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.


Cerazette may be used while you are breast-feeding. Cerazette does not influence the production or the quality of breast milk. However, a small amount of the active substance of Cerazette passes over into the milk.

The health of children who were breast-fed for 7 months while their mothers were using Cerazette has been studied up until they were two and a half years of age. No effects on the growth and development of the children were observed.

If you are breast feeding and want to use Cerazette, please contact your GP.

Driving and using machines

Cerazette has no known effect on the ability to drive or use machines

Cerazette contains lactose

Cerazette contains lactose (milk sugar). Please contact your GP before taking Cerazette if you have been told by your GP that you are intolerant to some sugars.

Regular check-ups

When you are using Cerazette, your GP will tell you to return for regular check-ups. In general, the frequency and nature of these check-ups will depend on your personal situation.

Contact your GP as soon as possible if:

  • you notice possible signs of a blood clot e.g. severe pain or swelling in either of your legs; unexplained pains in the chest, breathlessness, an unusual cough, especially when you cough up blood (possibly a sign of a thrombosis);;
  • you have a sudden, severe stomach ache or jaundice (you may notice yellowing of the skin, the whites of the eyes, or dark urine, possibly a sign of liver problems);
  • you feel a lump in your breast (possibly a sign of breast cancer);
  • you have a sudden or severe pain in the lower abdomen or stomach area (possibly a sign of an ectopic pregnancy - a pregnancy outside the womb);
  • you are to be immobilised or are to have surgery (consult your GP at least four weeks in advance);
  • you have unusual, heavy vaginal bleeding;
  • you suspect that you are pregnant.

How to take Cerazette

When and how to take the tablets?

Each strip of Cerazette contains 28 tablets (4 weeks supply).

  • Take your tablet each day at about the same time. Swallow the tablet whole, with water.
  • Arrows are printed on the front of the strip, between the tablets. The days of the week are printed on the back of the strip. Each day corresponds with one tablet.
  • Every time you start a new strip of Cerazette, take a tablet from the top row. Don't start with just any tablet. For example if you start on a Wednesday, you must take the tablet from the top row marked (on the back) with WED.
  • Continue to take one tablet every day until the pack is empty, always following the direction indicated by the arrows. By looking at the back of your pack you can easily check if you have already taken your tablet on a particular day.
  • You may have some vaginal bleeding during the use of Cerazette, (See Section 4 Side Effects) but you must continue to take your tablets as normal.
  • When a strip is empty, you must start with a new strip of Cerazette on the next day - without interruption and without waiting for a bleed.
Starting your first pack of Cerazette
  • If you are not using hormonal contraception at present (or in the past month)

Wait for your period to begin. On the first day of your period take the first Cerazette tablet. Additional contraceptive precautions are not necessary. If you take your first tablet on days 2-5 of your period use an additional barrier method of contraception for the first 7 days of tablet-taking.

  • When you change from a combined pill (COC), vaginal ring, or transdermal patch

If you don't have a tablet-, ring- or patch-free break

  • Start taking Cerazette on the day after you take the last tablet from the present Pill pack, or on the day of removal of your vaginal ring or patch (this means no tablet-, ring- or patch-free break).
  • If your present Pill pack also contains inactive (placebo) tablets you can start Cerazette on the day after taking the last active tablet (if you are not sure which this is, ask your GP or pharmacist).
  • If you follow these instructions, additional contraceptive precautions are not necessary.

If you have a tablet-, ring- or patch-free break

  • You can also start on the day following the tablet-, ring- or patch-free break, or when you have taken all the inactive (placebo) tablets, of your present contraceptive.
  • If you follow these instructions, make sure you use an additional barrier method of contraception for the first 7 days of tablet-taking.
  • When changing from another progestogen-only pill:

Switch on any day from another mini-pill. Additional contraceptive precautions are not necessary.

  • When changing from an injection or implant or a hormonal IUS:

Start using Cerazette when your next injection is due or on the day that your implant or your IUS is removed. Additional contraceptive precautions are not necessary.

  • After you have a baby:

You can start Cerazette between 21-28 days after the birth of your baby.

If you start later, make sure that you use an additional barrier method of contraception until you have completed the first 7 days of tablet-taking. However, if you have already had sex, check that you are not pregnant before starting Cerazette. Information for breast-feeding women can be found in section 2 'Before you take Cerazette' in the paragraph 'Pregnancy and breast-feeding'. Your GP can also advise you.

  • After a miscarriage or an abortion:

Your GP will advise you.

If you forget to take Cerazette
  • If you are less than 12 hours late:
    • Take the missed tablet as soon as you remember and take the next one at the usual time. Cerazette will still protect you from pregnancy.
  • If you are more than 12 hours late:
    • If you are more than 12 hours late in taking any tablet, you may not be completely protected against pregnancy. The more consecutive tablets you have missed, the higher the risk that you might fall pregnant.
    • Take a tablet as soon as you remember and take the next one at the usual time. This may mean taking two in one day. This is not harmful. (If you have forgotten more than one tablet you don't need to take the earlier missed ones). Continue to take your tablets as usual but you must also use an extra method, such as a condom, for the next 7 days.
    • If you are more than 12 hours late taking your tablet and have had sex it is safe to use emergency contraception; please consult your pharmacist or GP.
    • If you missed one or more tablets in the very first week of tablet-intake and had intercourse in the week before missing the tablets, you may fall pregnant. Ask your GP for advice.
If you vomit or use medical charcoal

If you vomit, or use medical charcoal within 3-4 hours after taking your Cerazette tablet or have severe diarrhoea, the active ingredient may not have been completely absorbed. Follow the advice for forgotten tablets in the section above.

If too many Cerazette tablets are taken (overdose)

There have been no reports of serious harmful effects from taking too many Cerazette tablets at one time. Symptoms that may occur are nausea, vomiting and in young girls, slight vaginal bleeding. For more information ask your GP for advice.

If you stop taking Cerazette

You can stop taking Cerazette whenever you want. From the day you stop you are no longer protected against pregnancy.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your GP or pharmacist.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Cerazette can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Tell your GP if you notice any unwanted effect, especially if severe or persistent.

Serious side effects associated with the use of Cerazette are described in section 2 'What you need to know before you take Cerazette'. Please read this section for additional information on 'Breast cancer' and 'Thrombosis' and consult your GP at once where appropriate.

Vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals while using Cerazette. This may be just slight staining which may not even require a pad, or heavier bleeding, which looks rather like a scanty period. You may need to use tampons or sanitary towels. You may also not have any bleeding at all. Irregular bleeding is not a sign that Cerazette is not working. In general, you need not take any action; just continue to take Cerazette. If bleeding is heavy or prolonged you should consult your GP.

How often are other possible side effects seen?

Common (affecting less than 1 in 10 women): mood changes, depressed mood, decreased sexual drive (libido), headache, nausea, acne, breast pain, irregular or no periods, weight increase.

Uncommon (affecting less than 1 in 100 women) infection of the vagina, difficulties in wearing contact lenses, vomiting, hair loss, painful periods, ovarian cysts, tiredness.

Rare (affecting less than 1 in 1000 women) skin conditions such as: rash, hives, painful blue-red skin lumps (erythema nodosum)

Apart from these side effects, breast secretion or leakage may occur.

You should see your GP immediately if you experience symptoms of angioedema, such as (i) swollen face, tongue or pharynx; (ii) difficulty to swallow; or (iii) hives and difficulties to breathe.

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