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    What does Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol treat?

    Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol is an oral contraceptive which helps prevent pregnancy. This contains two hormones: a progestin and an estrogen which act by preventing the release of the egg from the ovary. It also makes the vaginal fluid thicker which makes it tough for the sperm to penetrate the uterus and also makes it harder for a fertilized egg to attach itself to the uterus. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

    Dosage Instructions

    Follow the Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol dosage prescribed by your physician. Usually, the recommended dosage is one pill a day. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Always take this with food to prevent stomach upset. It’s better to use an additional method of birth control during the first week of taking this medication. Always store the medicine at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees centigrade. Keep away from moisture and sunlight. Avoid storing it in the bathroom.

    Missed a dose?

    Take it immediately once you remember even if you have to take two a day. In case you do not take this medication regularly you could get pregnant. Make sure you have a back-up birth control method for a minimum of seven days following the missed pills.


    Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms that you may encounter are nausea, vomiting and vaginal bleeding.

    Drug Interactions

    Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol.

    It may interact with: 

    • Carbamazepine 
    • Griseofulvin 
    • Metoprolol 
    • Warfarin 

    It may also interact with barbiturates, seizure medicines, HIV medicines, antibiotics, certain antidepressants, beta-blockers and blood thinners. This is not an exhaustive list though.

    Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. Make sure that you appraise your doctor if you have had a stroke or jaundice caused by birth control pills, liver disease, hormone-related cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and severe high blood pressure. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

    Possible Side Effects

    Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

    Some of the side effects that could be encountered are bloating, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, headache, breast tenderness, and vaginal discomfort. Serious side effects are quite rare and may include sudden weakness, chest pain, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, vision problems, dark urine, jaundice and swelling of the hands, ankles, or feet. This is not the complete list though.

    In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

    What to ask your doctor before you start on Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol

    • Can I take Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol along with other drugs? 
    • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol? 
    • What is the dosage of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol to be consumed? 
    • How should I use Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol? 
    • How will Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol work on my body? 
    • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol be minimized or completely avoided?


    The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.


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