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Patient Leaflet(s)

What is Gedarel?

Gedarel is a combined oral contraceptive pill.

How does the drug work?

Gedarel tablets contain two active ingredients, ethinylestradiol and desogestrel. Both are synthetic versions of the natural female sex hormones estrogen and progestin. Ethinylestradiol of estrogen and desogestrel of progestin. Gedarel mimics the normal menstrual cycle. The daily dose of hormones provides three ways to prevent pregnancy:

  • It makes your body think that the ovulation has already occurred, it prevents ovulation.
  • The hormones affect the production of natural cervical mucus.
  • It increases the thickness of this mucus. Sperm will not be able to reach the uterus as well.
  • The change in quality of the endometrial layer prevents implantation of a fertilized egg.

What is it used for?

You use the contraceptive pill to prevent pregnancy. The use of Gedarel may result in a lighter, less painful and more regular menstruation period.Women with unwanted menstrual symptoms may benefit from the use of Gedarel.

Dosage and method of administration

You should take one tablet daily for 21 days, after 7 days an intermission follows. You will menstruate during that period. Then you will begin the following strip, even if you still slightly bleed. The tablets are marked with the days of the week. You start taking the pill on the first day of your period. Note: Take the pill everyday at the same time, inconsistent use may alter the contraceptive effect negatively.

Side effects

Healthy women who do not smoke virtually run no risk of serious side effects. Sometimes, however, some may experience side effects. If these persist longer than three months, it makes sense to contact a doctor. The following side effects may occur when using Gedarel. There is a small chance that you may experience breakthrough bleedings, change in vaginal discharge, nausea and vomiting.


A contraceptive pill will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases. It is important to ensure that Gedarel is the right contraception for you. Gedarel is suitable for most healthy young women, but it should not be taken when you are pregnant. Always read the leaflet before use.

Alternative medication

The following contraceptive pills contain the same active ingredients: Marvelon and Mercilon.