Desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol sold under brand names such as Marvelon. Oral contraceptives are highly effective birth control methods, but they do not prevent the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV, the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome ). and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Ethinylestradiol and desogestrel are used to prevent pregnancy. There are many brands of this drug. Not all brands are featured in this brochure.
Ethinylestradiol and desogestrel may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not use oral contraceptives if you are pregnant or have recently given birth.
Oral contraceptives come in packs of 21, 28, or 91 tablets and are taken once a day, every day, or nearly every day in a regular cycle. Take oral contraceptives with food and milk to avoid nausea. Take your oral contraceptive at the same time each day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to clarify any areas you do not understand. Take oral contraceptives as directed. Do not take more or less, take more often, or take longer than directed by your doctor.
Some common side effects may include:
- breast tenderness
- breakthrough bleeding
- dark spots on the skin of the face
- weight gain
- Problem with contact lenses
Some side effects can be serious:
- your menstrual bleeding is unusually heavy or lasts more than 7 days in a row.
- severe headache
- severe vomiting
- language problem
- dizziness or fainting
- Weakness or numbness in arms and legs
- chest pain or heaviness in the chest
- leg pain
- partial or complete vision loss
- double vision
- jerky eyes
- severe abdominal pain
Please consult your doctor/physician/specialist before taking any healthcare products. In case of allergic reaction to the medicines/substance, please take immediate medical help.