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Gedarel 20 - Contraceptive Pill
  • Take daily for 21 days, with a 7-day break (alternatives possible)
  • Lower dose of oestrogen can cause fewer side effects
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

Gedarel 20

Gedarel 20 is a low-dose combined contraceptive pill. When taken correctly, it's 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

Gedarel 20 - Contraceptive Pill

Generic treatment

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Alternative treatment: Mercilon

  • Take daily for 21 days, with a 7-day break (alternatives possible)
  • Lower dose of oestrogen can cause fewer side effects
  • Collect in-store with free BMI and blood pressure checks

Generic or branded treatments?

Some treatments contain the same active ingredient but are sold under different names. If the active ingredient and the dosage are the same, the treatments will have the same effect and work in the same way. 

Generic Branded
Same active ingredient
Works in the same way
Often less expensive

COVID-19 service update

During the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are working hard to ensure that our pharmacies are able to provide services, care and advice to you as safely as possible. When you visit us for a service, things might be a little different.

We are trying to ensure we manage social distancing in stores, so we may ask you to wait just a minute or two before you enter the pharmacy. When providing services, our pharmacy team will be wearing PPE. The PPE they wear will depend on the service being carried out, but colleagues will always be wearing a face mask. If you book a service that requires the consultation room, don’t worry, it will be cleaned before and after each service appointment - you may be asked for your consent to leave the door open to aid air flow but if you need extra privacy we don’t mind shutting the door. Lastly, when attending the pharmacy, please bring a face covering with you to use during the consultation.

During the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are working hard to ensure that our pharmacies are able to provide services, care and advice to you as safely as possible. When you visit us for a service, things might be a little different.

We are trying to ensure we manage social distancing in stores, so we may ask you to wait just a minute or two before you enter the pharmacy. When providing services, our pharmacy team will be wearing PPE. The PPE they wear will depend on the service being carried out, but colleagues will always be wearing a face mask. If you book a service that requires the consultation room, don’t worry, it will be cleaned before and after each service appointment - you may be asked for your consent to leave the door open to aid air flow but if you need extra privacy we don’t mind shutting the door. Lastly, when attending the pharmacy, please bring a face covering with you to use during the consultation.

What our patients say

About Gedarel 20

  • How to take Gedarel 20

    Most women choose to take 1 pill daily at the same time for 21 days. Once you finish a strip, take a 7-day break with no pills. During this time you may have a period. Start the next strip 7 days after your last pill. You will always start the next strip on the same day of the week.

    Gedarel 20 can also be taken as follows:
    Extended use: 1 pill a day for 9 weeks then no pills for the next 4 or 7 days.
    Continuous use: 1 pill a day every day with no break.

  • How does Gedarel 20 work?

    The hormones in Gedarel 20 (desogestrel and ethinylestradiol) prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulation). They also make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg, or for an egg to implant itself in the lining of the womb.

  • How effective is Gedarel 20?

    If you start using Gedarel 20 on days 1-5 of your period, you will be protected against pregnancy immediately. If you start taking it later (only if you are sure you could not be pregnant), you will need to use condoms for at least seven days until Gedarel 20 starts to work.

    When taken correctly, Gedarel 20 is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. However, if you are vomiting or have severe diarrhoea you may not be protected against pregnancy. If this happens, continue to take the pill as usual but use a condom whilst you're ill. If this continues for more than 24 hours you should follow the same steps as a missed pill.

  • What are the side effects?

    Many women do not experience any side effects, however some experience more irregular bleeding with a low-dose pill. This usually settles in a few months. Other side effects can include headaches, feeling sick, breast discomfort, or mood swings. Rarely, some women develop blood clots. This pill carries a slightly higher risk of blood clots than others. If you have any concerns, send us a message via your Patient Record.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.

  • What should I do if I miss the pill?

    This depends on when and how many pills are missed. Missing one pill, at any time, does not compromise contraception. Missing two or more pills or starting a new pack late might affect your contraceptive cover.

    Up to 48hrs since your last pill – take your next pill as soon as you remember and continue the rest of the pack as usual. This might mean you need to take 2 pills on 1 day.

    More than 48hrs – this depends on when you last took your pill and where you are in your pill packet. Please check the patient information leaflet for further information.

  • Is Gedarel 20 safe to use whilst breastfeeding?

    It’s not advised to start taking a combined contraceptive pill like Gedarel 20 until six week after birth, if you’re breastfeeding.  

  • Can Gedarel 20 stop periods?

    If you take 2 packs of Gedarel 20 back-to-back you can prevent having a period. 

  • Will Gedarel 20 make me gain weight?

    There is no evidence to suggest that taking Gedarel 20 will affect your weight. You may find your weight changes throughout your cycle due to fluid retention and other reasons not related to the pill.

  • Can I buy Gedarel 20 online?

    You can request and pay for a Gedarel 20 prescription online. As this pill is a prescription-only medication, even if you are using an online doctor, you will need a prescription from a clinician before you can buy Gedarel 20.   

    With all combined contraceptive pills you will need to have your height, weight and blood pressure taken to confirm it is safe for you to start treatment. You’ll need to go into the pharmacy to pick up Gedarel 20 so that these checks can be done in person. 

  • Important information about Gedarel 20

    If you’ve already bought your pill from us, you can request a further 3 or 6-month supply from your Patient Record, if you're medically suitable. If you want to change your pill, please send us a message via your Patient Record.

    Combined contraceptives can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can be dangerous. Your blood pressure needs checking before starting any combined contraceptive, then once a year after that. Your local LloydsPharmacy will measure your blood pressure for free.

  • How do I switch to Gedarel 20 from a different pill?

    If you would like to switch your contraceptive pill, contact us via your Patient record or get an appointment with your GP to discuss the change. If you are changing to a new pill you would be advised to have no break between the packs and you may have to use other contraceptive methods during the changeover.

  • Safety: taking other medicines

    You should be able to take Gedarel 20 alongside other medicines. However, it is important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe Gedarel 20 safely.

  • Alternative treatments

    We offer a range of contraceptives, including NuvaRing, Evra Patch, combined pills, low-dose pills and mini pills. View all our contraception options.

    Condoms are an effective form of contraception and protect against STIs.

    There are also long-acting contraceptives available through your GP or family planning clinic, including implants, the coil and injectable contraception.

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