"Nov. 20, 2012 -- Oral contraceptives should be made available without a prescription to reduce unintended pregnancies, according to a newly published opinion by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
(desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol*) Tablets
*Ethinyl estradiol tablets are not USP for assay.
PATIENTS SHOULD BE COUNSELED THAT THIS PRODUCT DOES NOT PROTECT AGAINST HIV INFECTION (AIDS) AND OTHER SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES.
Kariva™ (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol 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), 0.02 mg ethinyl estradiol (19-nor-17 alpha-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17-diol), and inactive ingredients which include colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, polyethylene glycol, povidone, pregelatinized starch, stearic acid and vitamin E, followed by 2 light-green round tablets with the following inactive ingredients: FD&CBlue No. 1 Aluminum Lake, FD&CYellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, FD&CYellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and pregelatinized starch. Kariva™ (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) also contains 5 light-blue round tablets containing 0.01 mg ethinyl estradiol (19-nor-17 alpha-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17-diol) and inactive ingredients which include colloidal silicon dioxide, FD&CBlue No. 1 Aluminum Lake, FD&CBlue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose mono-hydrate, polydextrose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, pregelatinized starch, stearic acid, titanium dioxide, triacetin and vitamin E. The molecular weight for desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol are 310.48 and 296.40 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...
What are the precautions when taking desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol (Kariva)?
See also Warning section.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to ethinyl estradiol or desogestrel; or to any other estrogen or progestin; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood clots (for example, in the legs, eyes, lungs), blood clotting disorders (such as protein C or protein S deficiency), high blood pressure, abnormal breast exam, cancer (especially endometrial or breast cancer), high cholesterol or triglyceride (blood fat) levels, depression, diabetes, gallbladder problems, severe...
Last reviewed on RxList: 8/5/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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