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About the drug:
Ethinyl Estradiol and Desogestrel is a combination birth control pill having two active ingredients namely Ethinyl Estradiol and Desogestrel, both of which are female sex hormone. It works by preventing ovulation or the release of a female egg from the ovaries. It also causes changes in the cervical and uterine lining making the cervical mucus more viscous, thereby making it harder for male sperms to reach the uterus and also for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus wall.
Uses of the drug:
The main use of this drug is to prevent unwanted pregnancy. But sometimes, your doctor may give you this medicine to treat som
e other condition. Desogestrel distinguishes itself from other mini pills in preventing the female egg cell from fertilizing making it a highly potent contraceptive.
Working of the drug:
This drug function essentially by preventing the male sperms to reach the womb but they don’t always stop the female egg from fertilizing which is how the combined hormones contraceptive pills work.
Femilon is manufactured by Infar Pharma, and you can buy Femilon (0.02+0.15) mg online from alldaychemist.com.
Dosage form and strengths:
It is available in online in the form of tablet in a single strength Femilon (0.02+0.15 ) mg and you can buy Femilon (0.02+0.15 ) mg online from alldaychemist.com.
Before you take the drug:
Do not take the drug if you:
- Are pregnant or if you have recently delivered a baby.
- Have heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting disorder, problems with circulation, problems in eyes or kidneys due to diabetes, unexplained vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, migraine,
- Are smoker and above 35
- Have breast or uterine cancer,
- Have had jaundice due to birth control pills, or a heart attack or a stroke in the recent past
- If you are lactose intolerant
- Tell every healthcare provider who is about to treat you that you are taking desogestrel pills.
How much to take the drug:
Take one pill every day orally and ensure that you don’t go more than 24 hours without a pill. Desogestrel is a prescription only pill. Don’t start taking the drug without consulting your doctor who is the right person to prescribe you after properly examining you and your past history. As mentioned above, you can’t take desogestrel or take it with some restrictions if you have a history of certain disorders or are currently suffering from them.
How to take the drug:
Take desogestrel pills as advised by your doctor. Normal intake is one desogestrel pill via the oral route everyday at the same time. Swallow the whole pill with water. Remember to maintain the schedule of taking one pill at the same time as timing is everything. Certain medical condition as mentioned above may require an adjustment in the dosage as directed by your doctor. Again, dosage is based on your age, response to treatment and other factors like use of some interacting medications. Also read careful instructions or ask your doctor or pharmacist if you miss one or more doses.
If you miss a dose and it’s less than 12 hours past your normal pill time, take one immediately and continue with the normal schedule. You will be safe. However if it’s more than 12 hours late, you may not be completely protected against pregnancy. You can still take a pill but you may need a backup birth control method like condoms for the next seven days. The more tablets you missed, the higher the risk of pregnancy.
There have been no reports of life threatening or serious medical conditions due to desogestrel overdose. Symptoms which might occur due to overdose are nausea, vomiting, and light vaginal bleeding. Get medical help if necessary.
Side Effects of the drug:
Some of the side effects of this drug are irregular vaginal bleeding, infection in vagina, missed, irregular or painful menstrual periods, cysts in ovaries, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, uneasy feeling in breasts, depression, acne, appetite changes, unexpected weight increase, loss of interest in sex, unusual hair loss. If any of these conditions deteriorate or persist for a longer duration, seek immediate medical help.
Get urgent medical help if you experience extreme pain and swelling in either of your legs, indication of thrombosis, sudden chest pain, breathing difficulty and an unusual or bloody cough.
The above side effects are not the complete ones and you may get other reactions due to desogestrel. All side effects should be notified to your doctor if you feel it is serious or life threatening.
Common Drug interactions:
Your doctor might already be aware of your medical history and let him know if not. Don’t commence, stop or alter the course of any medications without the advice of your doctor. Desogestrel may react with the following drugs: anti-seizure medications like carbamazepine, phenytoin and primidone; antibiotics like rifampicin or rifabutin; anti-virals like ritonavir; anti-fungals like griseofulvin; Medical charcoal used for stomach upsets, or antidepressants like St John's Wort.
The above details are non exhaustive and there can be other interactions as well. Always consult your doctor and his/her directions and remember that they override on everything.
Things to remember:
- Let your doctor know everything about your present medications including prescribed, OTC medicines or herbal products
- Always consult your doctor and follow his/her directions. Remember that they override on everything
|US Brand Name||Mercilon|
|Generic Name||Estradiol + Desofestrel|
|Manufacturer||Infar Pharma, India|
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