"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 trans-mitted diseases.
Desogen® (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets) (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets provide an oral contraceptive regimen of 21 white round tablets each containing 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 vitamin E, corn starch, povidone, stearic acid, colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose, hydroxypropyl methyl-cellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and talc. Desogen® (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets) also contains 7 green round tablets containing the following inactive ingredients: lactose, corn starch, magnesium stearate, FD&C Blue No. 2 aluminum lake, ferric oxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, and talc. The molecular weights for desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol are 310.48 and 296.41, respectively. The structural formulas are as follows:
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: 7/9/2007
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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