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Patient Information Leaflet

Cerazette® 75 micrograms film-coated tablets /
Desogestrel 75 micrograms film-coated tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, please ask your doctor, pharmacist
or Family Planning Nurse.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or Family
Planning Nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in
this leaflet.
• Your medicine is available using either of the above names but will be
referred to as Cerazette throughout the remainder of this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
1) What Cerazette is and what it is used for
2) What you need to know before you take Cerazette
Do not take…
Take special care…
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
3) How to take Cerazette
Starting your first pack
Changing from other methods
After a baby
If you forget to take Cerazette
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Cerazette
6) Contents of the pack and other information
• Cerazette is used to prevent pregnancy.
• There are 2 main kinds of hormone contraceptive.
- The combined pill, “The Pill”, which contains 2 types of female sex
hormone an oestrogen and a progestogen
- The progestogen-only pill, POP, which doesn’t contain an
• Cerazette is a progestogen-only-pill (POP).
• Cerazette contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone,
the progestogen desogestrel.
• Most POPs work primarily by preventing the sperm cells from entering
the womb but they do not always prevent the egg cell from ripening,
which is the main way that combined pills work.
• Cerazette is different from most POPs in having a dose that in most
cases prevents the egg cell from ripening. As a result, Cerazette is a
highly effective contraceptive.
• In contrast to the combined pill, Cerazette can be used by women who
do not tolerate oestrogens and by women who are breast feeding.
• A disadvantage is that vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals
during the use of Cerazette. On the other hand you may not have any
bleeding at all.
Cerazette, like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect against
HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted disease.
2.1 Do not take Cerazette
• if you are allergic to desogestrel, or any of the other ingredients of
Cerazette (listed in section 6).
• if you have a thrombosis. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot
in a blood vessel [e.g. 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
• if you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding.
If any of these conditions apply to you, tell your doctor before you start to
use Cerazette. Your doctor 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 doctor immediately.
2.2 Warnings and precautions
Before you start Cerazette tell your doctor or Family Planning Nurse, if
• you have ever had breast cancer.
• you have liver cancer, since a possible effect of Cerazette cannot be
• you have ever had a thrombosis.
• you have diabetes.
• you suffer from epilepsy (see section ‘Other medicines and
• 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 doctor can explain
what to do.
2.3 Breast cancer
• It is important to regularly check your breasts and you should contact
your doctor 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 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
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.
2.4 Thrombosis
See your doctor 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
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).
Children and adolescents
No clinical data on efficacy and safety are available in adolescents below
18 years.
2.5 Other medicines and Cerazette
Please tell your doctor, 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 doctor 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.
2.6 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 2½
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
2.7 Driving and using machines
Cerazette has no known effect on the ability to drive or use machines
2.8 Cerazette contains lactose
Cerazette contains lactose (milk sugar). Please contact your doctor
before taking Cerazette if you have been told by your doctor that you are
intolerant to some sugars.
2.9 Regular check-ups
When you are using Cerazette, your doctor will tell you to return for
regular check-ups. In general, the frequency and nature of these checkups will depend on your personal situation.
Contact your doctor 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 doctor
at least four weeks in advance);
• you have unusual, heavy vaginal bleeding;
• you suspect that you are pregnant.



3.1 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. The days of the week are printed on the
blister and the following is a translation:



Å tv




• 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.
3.2 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
• 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 doctor 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 patchfree 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
• 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 to 28 days after the birth of your
If you start later, make sure that you use an additional barrier method
of contraception until you have completed the first 7 days of tablettaking. 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 doctor can also
advise you.
• After a miscarriage or an abortion:
Your doctor will advise you.
3.3 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 doctor.
- If you missed one or more tablets in the very first week of tabletintake and had intercourse in the week before missing the tablets,
you may fall pregnant. Ask your doctor for advice.
3.4 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.
3.5 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 doctor for advice.
3.6 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
doctor or pharmacist.

Like all medicines, Cerazette can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them. Tell your doctor 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 doctor 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
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 doctor 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.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor, pharmacist or Family
Planning Nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects via the national Yellow Card
Scheme, Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side
effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use after the expiry date which is stated on the package. The
expiry date is the last day of the month stated.
• Do not store above 30 C
• Store the blister in the original sachet in order to protect from light and
• Shelf-life after first opening the sachet: 1 month.
• If your medicine becomes discoloured or shows any sign of
deterioration, return it to your pharmacist.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Cerazette contains
Each film-coated tablet contains 75 microgram of desogestrel.
The other ingredients are:
Colloidal anhydrous silica, α-tocopherol, Lactose monohydrate, Maize
starch, Povidone, Stearic acid, Hypromellose, Macrogol 400, Talc,
Titanium dioxide (E171)
What Cerazette looks like and contents of the pack
Cerazette is a white round biconvex film-coated tablet, coded “KV” above
“2” on one side and “Organon*” on the other.
Cerazette comes in PVC/Aluminium blister strips, each strip sealed within
an individual foil sachet. The foil sachets are contained in a printed
Each pack contains 84 (3 x 28) tablets.
N.V. Organon, P.O. Box 20, 5340 BH Oss, The Netherlands
Procured from within the EU by the Product Licence holder
MPT Pharma Ltd, Westgate Business Park, Unit 5-7 Tintagel Way,
Aldridge, Walsall, WS9 8ER, UK
Repackaged by xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
PL: 33532/0411



Leaflet date: 8 February 2014
Leaflet code: xxxxxxxxx

Cerazette is a registered trademark of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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