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What is Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol used for?

Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol is an oral contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. This birth control pill is a combination of female hormones that prevent the release of an egg from an ovary. Also, by changing the cervical mucus and uterine lining, the drug makes it difficult for sperm to reach the uterus as well as harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the lining of the uterus. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol?

Like other medicines, Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol can cause side effects such as bloating, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, headache, breast tenderness, and vaginal discomfort. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are sudden weakness, problems with vision, dark urine, chest pain, loss of appetite, clay-colored stools, jaundice, and swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol.

What is the recommended dosage of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol?

The dosage of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

The recommended dose of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol is one pill a day. Take this medication with food to prevent stomach upset. It is recommended to use a supplemental form of birth control during the first week of taking Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol.

What if you miss a dose of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. Thus, the last missed pill should be taken as soon as it is remembered, even if this means taking two pills in one day. You may get pregnant if you do not use this medication regularly. Back-up birth control must be used for at least 7 days following the missed pills.

What if you overdose on Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding.

What other drugs could interact with Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol?

  • Acetaminophen
  • Amobarbital
  • Amprenavir
  • Atazanavir
  • Butabarbital
  • Carbamazepine
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Diazepam
  • Fosamprenavir
  • Griseofulvin
  • Indinavir
  • Mephobarbital
  • Metoprolol
  • Modafinil
  • Nelfinavir
  • Nevirapine
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenylbutazone
  • Phenytoin
  • Rifamycin
  • Ritonavir
  • Saquinavir
  • Secobarbital
  • St. John's wort
  • Topiramate
  • Warfarin

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol can interact with barbiturates, antibiotics, seizure medicines, HIV medicines, certain antidepressants, beta-blockers, and blood thinners.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol?

Is it possible for me to take Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods, and other products be avoided when I take Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol?
What are the possible drug interactions of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol?
How will Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol work in my body?
How should Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Desogestrel–Ethinyl Estradiol, inform your doctor if you have a history of stroke or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills, liver disease, hormone-related cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and severe high blood pressure. Store the medicine at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees centigrade away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.


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