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Cerazette been stopped by nhs, does anyone know why?

(16 Posts)
OhWhatAPalaver Fri 23-Aug-13 14:48:02

I received a letter today from my docs saying that as I have been taking Cerazette I will now need to take Cerelle instead. Apparently it is exactly the same as Cerazette, just a different mini pill. I've only been taking it for 4 months and not that impressed so far, near constant bleeding, so was thinking of coming off it anyway. Just wondering 'why the change?' iyswim. The letter was very vague.

CatFishBait Fri 23-Aug-13 14:55:18

I was reading a thread on here yesterday saying the same thing- I understand it's the cost, so they are changing to cheaper generics.

I was put on Cerazette a few months ago, after Femulen was discontinued and have turned into a fithy tempered food monster on it.

......and spotty sad

ilovepowerhoop Fri 23-Aug-13 14:56:39

cerazette is more expensive so they are switching you to a cheaper alternative.

OhWhatAPalaver Fri 23-Aug-13 15:01:31

Ah I see, was hoping it was nothing sinister! Maybe this new one will be better...

bigbluebus Fri 23-Aug-13 16:28:50

I haven't been told anything by my GP surgery .....yet!
I know they are hot on cost cutting though, so will watch this space.

ilovepowerhoop Fri 23-Aug-13 16:51:34 - this link shows a gp letter about the change to cerelle

theoriginalandbestrookie Fri 23-Aug-13 19:20:22

Oh I hope this isn't the same for Scotland.

I'm on cerazette as it's the best pill for endometriosis, I'd be absolutely terrified about the prospect of changing to another potentially less effective brand, I have had my fill of searing pain and surgery thank you very much.

Does anyone know if its possible to pay to keep on cerazette - say by going through a private GP, online if possible?

Pinkspottyegg Tue 04-Feb-14 22:06:26

Well they have now changed in Scotland. I was on Cerazette for migraines and got switched to Cerelle. What a nightmare! Does this mean I cannot get it prescribed again because it is too expensive?

fairbalance Tue 04-Feb-14 22:14:27

I think you can buy the pill for Lloyds Pharmacy online

TalisaMaegyr Tue 04-Feb-14 22:18:34

They're both 75 microgram desogestrel - same thing. Only like Nurofen versus ibuprofen.

batteryhen Tue 04-Feb-14 22:22:51

Cerelle and Cerazette are exactly the same so you shouldn't notice any difference. It's just a cost thing.

dawnygw7799 Thu 26-Feb-15 20:07:56

I have been taking cerazette for 3 years with no issues at all. Went to the docs as I was about to run out and was given cerelle. Doc didn't make to much of an issue about it. Just said that it was the same just a cost thing. I started taking it and now half way through 2nd pack. Started getting terrible sore breasts, very moody & irritable, tiredness, constant cramps like I'm going to get my period (which btw I have not). Read all the posts on here and done a bit of research online. I really do not want to take this pill anymore. The doc said they are the same and the ingredients do seem the same but they are clearly not. Rang my doctor and explained all this. The doctor has put in a "special request" and given me a prescription for cerazette. I'm really pleased about this. Just wanted to share this as it is possible To get this pill if u ask for it.

Thelifeofky Fri 05-Feb-16 00:15:01

Wow you are describing exactly my experience with it. Sore boobs and red lines have appeared on them - they could possibly be stretch marks- , constant cramps as though I'm going to come on my period and painful but dull lower back pain, unpredictable mood swings Almost like PMS but at any point in the cycle and fatigue, just feeling tired all the time. Really forgetful too and losing my trail of thought mid sentence.

And to top it of I have had a 19 day period followed by spotting. The pharmacist told me it was the same exactly just a different brand but this really can't be possible when I was just on cerazette!

mikismiler Thu 07-Dec-17 13:36:38

I have had the same problem with sore breasts when they changed me from cerazette to cerelle. I will make sure I get cerazette from now on as I've been on it for endrometriosis for years with no problems

trinity0097 Sat 09-Dec-17 07:43:10

You can still buy cerazette privately if you want.

RunLikeaRiver Thu 17-May-18 22:36:22

I know this is an old thread but a bit of a warning. I was on Cerazette for 2.5 months and at my check up I was given a generic progestin pill. Yes, supposed to be exactly the same but actually it's not. The generic one can't be taken by peanut allergy sufferers! The warning wasn't very visible on the leaflet and neither the nurse or pharmacist mentioned it which I thought was quite bad as I have warnings on my record.
Eventually got put back on Cerazette. Apparently a few generic drugs like that contain soybean oil making them unsuitable for people with related allergies

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