DESOGEN Tablets (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP) is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use this product as a method of contraception. Oral contraceptives are highly effective.
Changes in contraceptive effectiveness associated with co-administration of other drugs:
Complete instructions to facilitate patient counseling on proper pill usage can be found in Detailed or Brief Patient Labeling (“How to Take the Pill” section).
The following adverse reactions have been reported in users of oral contraceptives and the association has been neither confirmed nor refuted:
When initiating a Sunday start regimen, another method of contraception, such as condoms or spermicide, should be used for the first 7 consecutive days of taking DESOGEN Tablets (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP).
There is evidence of an association between the following conditions and the use of oral contraceptives:
If the patient starts on DESOGEN postpartum, and has not yet had a period, she should be instructed to use another method of contraception until a white tablet has been taken daily for 7 consecutive days.
Stop using birth control pills and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction : hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Revised: Jun 2014.
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It may also contain 7 reminder pills with no medication. Your pill pack contains 21 pills with active medication. If you are using a product with 28 tablets, take an inactive pill once daily for 7 days in a row after you have taken the last active pill unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If you are using a product with 21 tablets, do not take any tablets for 7 days unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You should have your period during the fourth week of the cycle.
Desogen (ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel) contains a combination of female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary).
breast tenderness or swelling;
nausea (especially when you first start taking this medicine), vomiting, bloating;
if you smoke and are over 35 years old.
liver disease or liver cancer;
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at.
Pregnancy Category X Not for use in pregnancy.
underactive thyroid, gallbladder disease; seizures or epilepsy;
Stop using Desogen and call your doctor at once if you have:
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heart disease (coronary artery disease, uncontrolled heart valve disorder, history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot);
Do not smoke while taking Desogen, especially if you are older than 35 years of age.
a history of jaundice caused by pregnancy or birth control pills; or.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail).
a breast lump; or.
changes in weight or appetite;
CSA Schedule N Not a controlled drug.
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Do not use if you are pregnant. This medication can cause birth defects. l your doctor right away if you become pregnant, or if you miss two menstrual periods in a row. If you have recently had a baby, wait at least 4 weeks before taking birth control pills.
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What happens if I overdose?
Missing a pill increases your risk of becoming pregnant.
This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. Ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy.
If you need surgery or medical tests or if you will be on bed rest, you may need to stop using this medication for a short time. Any doctor or surgeon who treats you should know that you are using birth control pills.
l your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
Do not use birth control pills if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby.
This medication will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases--including HIV and AIDS. Using a condom is the only way to protect yourself from these diseases.
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Less serious side effects may include:
You do not need back-up birth control if you miss a reminder pill.