What is Desogen
contain a combination of hormones that prevent ovulation (the
release of an egg from an ovary). The pills contain a form
of estrogen and a form of progesterone, which are both female
hormones involved in conception.
also has other effects that inhibit pregnancy. They cause
the cervical mucous to thicken, which makes it harder for
sperm to move toward the uterus, and they prevent the attachment
of an egg to the uterus.
is used to prevent pregnancy.
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Desogen
Take one pill every day, no more than 24 hours after
the last dose. Try to take the pills at a time that you
will remember every day--for example, just before bed, with
a meal, or first thing in the morning.
cigarettes while taking Desogen. Smoking greatly increases
the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot.
another form of birth control if a Desogen pill is missed
(see the package insert) or if you are taking drugs that may
decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills (see the
section of this leaflet titled " What other drugs will
What you should find out before taking Desogen Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
- high blood pressure, angina, or heart
- had a stroke;
- a bleeding or blood-clotting
- breast, uterine, or another hormone-related
- liver disease or a history of jaundice
(yellowing of the skin and eyes) caused by use of birth
control in the past;
- undiagnosed, abnormal vaginal
- asthma; or
seizures or epilepsy.
You may not be able to take
Desogen, or you may require special monitoring during treatment
if you have any of the conditions listed above.
control pills are in the FDA pregnancy category X. This
means that birth control pills are known to cause birth
defects in an unborn baby. Hormonal changes during pregnancy
can have serious negative effects on a developing baby.
Do not take birth control pills if you are pregnant or think
you might be pregnant.
The hormones in Desogen pass
into breast milk and may decrease milk production. Do not
take Desogen without first talking to your doctor if you
are breast-feeding a baby.
How should take Desogen Take Desogen exactly as directed by your doctor.
If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist,
nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
first pill in a package on the first Sunday after your period
begins, unless otherwise directed.
Take one pill
every day, no more than 24 hours after the last dose. Try
to take the pills at a time that you will remember every
day--for example, just before bed, with a meal, or first
thing in the morning.
Taking the pill at night may
help to reduce nausea or headache experienced because of
If you are on a 28-day cycle, take
one pill every day. When the pack runs out, throw it away.
Begin a new pack the following day. The 28-day cycle contains
seven pills that are either placebos (with no active ingredients)
or iron supplements. These are "reminder" pills
to keep you on your regular cycle. They are taken during
If you are on a 21-day cycle, take one
pill every day for 21 days, then do not take any pills for
7 days. You should have your period during the 7 days with
no pills. Resume taking a pill on the 8th day with a new
Follow your doctor's instructions about
using a second form of birth control when you first start
taking Desogen, when you are taking antibiotics, or if you
miss a pill. If you are unsure what to do in any of these cases, talk to your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor about how
to ensure that you will not become pregnant.
Desogen at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
If you miss a dose: Missing a pill increases the risk of becoming pregnant.
Follow the exact directions on the package information
insert concerning missed doses. If you do not have a package
information insert, call your pharmacist, doctor, or nurse
to find out what to do.
miss one dose, take the dose as soon as you remember or
take two pills at the time of your next regularly scheduled
dose. There is little likelihood that ovulation will occur.
You may, however, want to use a second method of birth control
such as a condom or a spermicidal cream, jelly, or foam
for at least 7 consecutive days following the missed tablet
to ensure protection from pregnancy.
If you miss
two tablets in a row, take the two missed tablets as soon
as you remember or with your next regularly scheduled dose
(three total). Or, you may take two tablets each for the
next two regularly scheduled doses (one missed tablet plus
one regularly scheduled tablet for 2 days in a row). Chances
are much greater that you may ovulate so you must use another
form of birth control for at least 7 days following the
missed tablets. It is even better to use a second method
of birth control until your next period.
If you miss
three tablets in a row, throw away the package and start
a new package on the 7th day after the last day you took
a pill. Use another method of birth control until you have
taken a pill for 7 days in a row. Your period should occur
during the 7 days without pills. If it doesn't, have a pregnancy
test before beginning a new package of pills.
all of the information in your package information insert.
It may have slightly different instructions in the case
of missed pills. Talk to your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor
if you have any questions.
What happens if you overdose: Serious harm is not likely to occur from an overdose
of Desogen. Consult a doctor, an emergency room, or a poison
control center for advice.
Symptoms of an overdose
include nausea, vomiting, and menstrual bleeding.
Avoid while taking Desogen Avoid smoking. Smoking greatly increases the risk
of a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot formation.
Desogen do not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases--including
HIV or AIDS. Using a condom is the only way to protect yourself
from these diseases.
Possible side effects of Desogen If you experience any of the following serious side
effects, stop taking the Desogen and seek emergency medical
attention or contact your doctor immediately:
allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the
throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- a blood clot in the lung (shortness of breath or
pain in the chest);
- a blood clot in an arm or leg
(pain, redness, swelling, or numbness of an arm or leg);
- high blood pressure (severe headache, flushing,
blurred vision); or
- liver damage (yellowing of
the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort,
unusual bleeding or bruising, severe fatigue).
less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue
to take the Desogen and talk to your doctor if you experience
- headache or dizziness;
- nausea, vomiting,
- breakthrough bleeding; or
These side effects may disappear
or be less noticeable after 3 to 6 months of birth control
use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you find
any side effect very bothersome.
The side effects
listed below generally occur very rarely and are not considered
serious. If you experience any of the following, talk to
your doctor when it is convenient:
- changes in weight or appetite;
- changes in your menstrual cycle;
- oily skin or acne;
- changes in your sex
- lethargy or fatigue;
- changes in skin color; or
- changes in blood
Side effects other than those listed here
may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect
that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Desogen Some drugs may decrease the effectiveness of Desogen
which may result in pregnancy. Use a second form of birth
control if you are taking
- a penicillin antibiotic
such as amoxicillin (Amoxil, Polymox, Trimox, Wymox, Utimox,
A-Cillin, Larotid, Augmentin, others), ampicillin (Principen,
Omnipen, Penamp, Polycillin, Amplin, Amcill, Totacillin,
others), bacampicillin (Spectrobid), carbenicillin (Geocillin),
cloxacillin (Cloxapen, Tegopen), dicloxacillin (Dynapen,
Dycill, Pathocil), nafcillin (Nafcil, Nallpen, Unipen),
oxacillin (Bactocill, Prostphlin), or penicillin (Veetids,
Pen Vee K, Bicillin, Permapen, others);
- a tetracycline
antibiotic such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline
(Doryx, Doxy, Vibramycin, Vibra-Tabs, others), minocycline
(Minocin), or tetracycline (Sumycin, Teracyn, Achromycin,
Robitet, Panmycin, others);
- a barbiturate such
as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital
(Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Luminal,
- rifampin (Rifadin);
- carbamazepine (Tegretol); or
griseofulvin (Grisactin, Grifulvin V, Fulvicin PG).
other than those listed here may also interact with Desogen.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.