"What are birth control pills and how do they work?
Birth control pills are also known as oral contraceptives (OCs) or, simply, “the pill.” They offer protection against pregnancy by blocking the union of sperm and egg, thereby prevent"...
(desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets
PATIENTS SHOULD BE COUNSELED THAT THIS PRODUCT DOES NOT PROTECT AGAINST HIV INFECTION (AIDS) AND OTHER SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES.
Apri (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets) 28 Day Regimen blister cards for desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets provide an oral contraceptive regimen of 21 round rose-colored tablets. Each rose-colored "active" desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablet for oral administration contains 0.15 mg desogestrel (13-ethyl-11- methylene-18,19-dinor-17 alpha-pregn-4-en- 20-yn-17-ol) and 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol (19-nor-17 alpha-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17-diol). Inactive ingredients include colloidal silicon dioxide, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Red No. 40 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, povidone, pregelatinized starch, stearic acid, titanium dioxide, and vitamin E.
Apri (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets) 28 Day Regimen blister cards also contain 7 white "inactive" tablets for oral administration, containing the following inactive ingredients: lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and pregelatinized starch.
DESOGESTREL C22H30O M.W.: 310.48
ETHINYL ESTRADIOL C20H24O2 M.W.: 296.41
What are the possible side effects of birth control pills?
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.
Stop using birth control pills and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden and severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- sudden cough, wheezing, rapid...
Last reviewed on RxList: 3/19/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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