Each strip of Cerelle 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. Every time you start a new strip of Cerelle, 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 daily until the pack is empty, always following the direction indicated by the arrows. 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 vaginal bleeding while using Cerelle, but you must continue taking your tablets as usual. When a strip is empty, you must start with a new strip of Cerelle on the next day – without interruption and without waiting for a bleed.
Starting your first pack of Cerelle
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 Cerelle 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 seven days of tablet-taking.
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 Cerelle the day after you take the last tablet from the present Pill pack or on the day of removing 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 Cerelle the day after taking the last active tablet (if you are unsure 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 patch-free break, or when you have taken all the inactive (placebo) tablets of your present contraceptive. If you follow these instructions, use an additional barrier method of contraception for the first seven days of tablet-taking.
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 Cerelle when your next injection is due or when your implant or IUS is removed. Additional contraceptive precautions are not necessary.
After you have a baby:
You can start Cerelle between 21 to 28 days after the birth of your baby. If you start later, use an additional barrier method of contraception until you have completed the first seven days of tablet-taking. However, if you have already had sex, check that you are not pregnant before starting Cerazette.