Gedarel is a prescription-only contraceptive pill that relies on two active ingredients in order to prevent conception. Developed and marketed by Gedeon-Richter pharmaceutical company, Gedarel is a 21-days birth control pill, meaning that it is taken once daily for a period of three weeks, followed by a seven day long pause, when no pills are to be taken. Available in two different strengths, Gedarel can also be a good option for women who are especially susceptible to experiencing side effects.

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How reliable is Gedarel?

Just like other birth control pills, Gedarel is advertised as effective in up to 99% of cases. But aside from that, there are other aspects that are in Gedarel’s favour. For starters, as a combination contraceptive pill, it is somewhat more reliable that progesterone-only alternatives. In addition to this, the possibility of obtaining a lower dose will ensure that Gedarel side effects are far less commonly manifested as opposed to mini-pills.

However, in order to ensure maximum protection against unwanted pregnancy when using Gedarel, you should use the treatment properly, in line with the instructions provided by your prescriber. This means that you should never miss a pill and that you should carefully follow the pattern of 21 day taking the pills followed by 7 days break before the new cycle begins. It is also important to be aware of other medications and remedies which can compromise the protection offered by Gedarel. These include:

  • Epilepsy treatments
  • HIV or AIDS medications
  • High blood pressure drugs
  • St John’s wort
  • Ciclosporin
  • Lamotrigine

Additional information about how to ensure maximum protection with Gedarel can be found in the official patient information leaflet that is issued within every pack of the medicine.

How Gedarel works?

In order for pregnancy to occur, the female body has to go through certain biochemical and physiological processes, most importantly ovulation, when the egg cell is released by the ovary and transported to the fallopian tubes where it can get fertilised by sperm. If the conception occurs, the fertilised egg will travel to the uterus via the fallopian tubes, where it will become attached to the uterine wall (called endometrium by the medical professional) and develop into embryo.

Gedarel will interfere with these processes thanks to its active ingredients, ethinylestradiol and desogestrel. These pharmaceutical compounds are synthetic versions of naturally-synthesised sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone and within the female body they perfectly mimic the activity of these hormones. Both of them play important roles in directing the abovementioned processes.

When used in contraceptive pills, these synthetic sex hormones will act to prevent pregnancy in various ways. Most importantly, synthetic progesterone will trick the body into “thinking” the ovulation has already taken place, thus preventing release of the egg from the ovary. On the other hand, synthetic oestrogen will contribute to the thickening of the cervical fluids and changing of the environment by the uterine wall, making it harder for egg to implant and harder for sperm to reach the egg.

Can I buy Gedarel online in the UK?

Yes, it is possible to buy Gedarel online in the UK. However, regardless of whether you are looking to buy birth control pills online or via the traditional route, contraceptive pills are prescription only medications and as such, they can be obtain only with a valid prescription issued by a certified medical professional. And this is not without good reason. The efficiency of birth control pills when it comes to preventing unwanted pregnancy is just one part of the issue. Even more importantly, the choice of suitable birth control pill will also minimise the risk of side effects and make the whole treatment less invasive and disruptive when it comes to natural hormonal cycles. So if the doctor advises you against using Gedarel, some alternative, such as Katya might be recommended.

In order to make sure that Gedarel is the right choice for you, the doctor employed at the online clinic of your choice will ask you to fill in a customised and detailed medical questionnaire that can then be used to assess your suitability for this medication. If everything checks out, the doctor will issue a prescription and have Gedarel delivered from the partner pharmacy to the online clinic of your choice.

How to take Gedarel?

In order to ensure maximum protection while at the same time minimising the risk of experiencing side effects, you should always take Gedarel exactly as instructed by your prescriber. Below, we will provide you with some of the most general tips and guidelines regarding Gedarel use. However, you should keep in mind that the text below is intended to be used as an illustration, to help you get a better understanding of how taking Gedarel might look like. The information presented here can never be used as a substitute for the doctor’s advice or the information provided in the official patient information leaflet that is issued within every pack of the medication.

  • Take the first pill in the packet during the first day of your period
  • Take one pill a day for 21 days. The pills should be taken around the same time of the day. Since some users can experience nausea from the pills, it might be an idea to take them in the evening before you go to bed
  • After 21 days, take a break of seven days. During this period you will experience menstrual bleeding
  • After the seven day break, you can start a new pack of Lizinna and continue with it in the same way, with taking pills for 21 days and another break of seven days
  • If you forget to take a pill, refer to the patient information leaflet for information on how to proceed

What are Gedarel side effects?

Side effects are the risk that comes with every prescription medication and Gedarel is no different. It is highly advisable to get familiar with these side effects before commencing treatment, so that you can act accordingly if they do manifest. Most importantly, you should be able to differentiate between side effects that might require you to stop taking the pill and seek immediate medical advice and those which might be uncomfortable, but not really dangerous.

You should contact your doctor or emergency service immediately if you notice any signs and symptoms indicative of the following:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Thrombosis
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Cervical cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Liver disease

More information on how to identify these symptoms can be found in the patient information leaflet.

Other documented side effects include:

Common (1 in 10 women) Rare (1 in 1000 women)
·       Lack of menstrual bleeding

·       Breast tenderness or pain

·       Loss of libido

·       Mood swings

·       Headaches

·       General malaise

·       Acne

·       Migraines

·       Rash

·       Fluid retention

·       High blood pressure

·       Fungal infections

·       Hearing issues

·       Thromboembolism

·       Hypersensitivity

·       Increased sexual desire

·       Eye irritation and dryness

·       Hair loss

·       Itching

·       Skin disorders



Please keep in mind that this is not a full list of all documented side effects. For a more comprehensive overview, please refer to the patient information leaflet that you can find within your pack of Gedarel.