Gedarel Tablets 20 and 30

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This is an oral contraceptive. Gedarel can be very effective in preventing pregnancy if used correctly. It contains two ingredients, Gedarel and ethinylestradiol, that prevent ovulation from taking place during the menstrual cycle. Every pill contains an equal dose of Gedarel and ethinylestradiol, making Gedarel a monophasic combined pill. Gedarel is especially appropriate for people who are particularly sensitive to side effects since it has a lower dose compared to most other oral contraceptive options.

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What is Gedarel Tablets 20 and 30?

Gedarel is an oral contraceptive that provides over 99% protection against pregnancy if used as prescribed. It is available in 20mcg and 30mcg. It also contains two active ingredients that prevent ovulation in women during menstrual cycle. These ingredients are Gedarel and Ethinylestradiol. Being a monophasic combine pill means that each Gedarel pill has the same dose of these two active ingredients.

How Does Gedarel Work?

Gedarel and ethinylestradiol are two synthetic hormones that imitate and control the levels of oestrogen and progesterone in the body. This makes it hard for the egg to be released from the ovaries for fertilization. The pill also thickens the fluid in the cervix, making it hard for sperms to penetrate into the uterus. Gedarel also reduces the level at which the uterine wall builds up, thus preventing the development of an egg into an embryo.

What It Treats

Protects against:
  • Fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Ovarian cysts
  • May reduce acne
However, it does not protect against Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs)


Gedarel may not be the best option for you if you:

  • Are allergic to any of its ingredients
  • Have angina pectoris
  • Have severe migraines or diabetes
  • Have a history of breast cancer, stroke or heart attack
  • Have a history of cancer of the uterus or ovary
  • Have impaired liver function
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have or have had a blood clot or blood clotting disorder
  • You blood has high lipid levels.
  • Pancreatitis
  • Endometrial hyperplasia.
Consult your doctor to see if you have any other condition that might prevent you from using Gedarel as a preferred contraceptive. More information can be found in the manufacturers manual/ leaflet.


Here is how you should use Gedarel:

  • Take a pill every day for the next 21 days.
  • Swallow it with water.
  • Try taking your pills at around the same time each day.
  • You can then take a 7-day pill free break once you are done with the 21 pills.
  • Expect a withdrawal bleed during this break.
  • Start a new pack of Gedarel after the 7-day break.
  • Remember, you are still safe from getting pregnant during the 7-day pill-free break. But only if you took your pills as advised.
If you can, start your first dose of Gedarel when your period starts. Doing this ensures that you are instantly protected from pregnancy.


  • Active ingredients in Gedarel 20: 20mcg ethinylestradiol and 150mcg desogestrel
  • Active ingredients in Gedarel 30: 30mcg ethinylestradiol and 150mcg desogestrel
  • Inactive ingredients: Potato starch, magnesium stearate, povidone K-30, quinolone yellow (E104), stearic acid, all-rac-alpha-tocopherol, macrogol 6000, propylene glycol, silica colloidal anhydrous, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate.

Side Effects

  • Headache
  • Mood swings
  • Stomach pain
  • Weight gain
  • Dizziness
  • Acne
  • Irregular or painful periods
  • Nausea
  • anxiety
  • Breast pain or tenderness