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General Information on Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol

Generic Name : Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol

Pronunciation : des-oh-JES-trel/ETH-in-il ess-trah-DYE-ole

Latest prescription information about Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Contraceptives

Trade Names/Brand Names of Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol

India : 

International : 

Apri , Desogen , Kariva , Cyclessa , Mircette

Why is Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an oral contraceptive, prescribed for prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception. 

When should Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with uterine, cervical, liver and breast cancer, blood clot disorders, pregnancy, lactation, untreated endometriosis, jaundice, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, hypertension, increased lipid level, liver tumors, porphyria, prior to major surgery.

What is the dosage of Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol?

It should be taken exactly as directed by your physician, every day.

How should Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth.

What are the warnings and precautions for Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of asthma, epilepsy, migraine, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease, familial defects of lipoprotein metabolism.
It may increase the risk certain cancers, gallbladder disease in post menopausal women.
Large doses may increase heart risk, high blood pressure, risk of thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism (blockage of the main artery of the lung) especially in smokers and women over 35 years of age.
Bleeding or spotting may occur while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol?

  Serious Effects: Inflammation of vein, blood clot formation within veins, blood clot in lungs, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, liver tumors.
  Genitourinary: Breast tenderness or enlargement, absence of menstrual cycle, inflammation of vagina, including fungal infection, vaginal spotting or breakthrough bleeding; missed menstrual period.
  Gastrointestinal: Nausea, vomiting, change in weight or appetite (increase or decrease), abdominal pain, cramps and bloating.
  Central Nervous System: Migraine, headache, dizziness; nervousness; fainting, slurred speech, weakness, mood swings.
  Respiratory: Shortness of breath
  Skin: Rash, bruising.   Hypersensitivity: Severe allergic reaction including hives, angioedema, and severe reactions with respiratory and circulatory symptoms, even resulting in death.
  Potentially Fatal: Breast, cervical or vaginal cancer may occur in people at risk for these cancers.

What are the other precautions for Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol?

It may result in problems for contact lens users.

What are the storage conditions of Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol?

Store it at room temperature, store away from heat, moisture, and light.


Schedule : H

Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

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