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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/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets
Mircette® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl
estradiol) Tablets provide an oral contraceptive regimen of 21 white round
tablets each containing 0.15 mg desogestrel (13-ethyl11-
methylene-18,19-dinor-17 alpha-pregn- 4-en- 20-yn-17-ol), 0.02 mg ethinyl
estradiol (19-nor17 alpha-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17-diol), and
inactive ingredients which include colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose,
lactose monohydrate, polyethylene glycol, povidone, pregelatinized starch,
stearic acid and vitamin E, followed by 2 inert light-green round tablets with
the following inactive ingredients: FD&C blue no. 1 aluminum lake, FD
&C yellow no. 6 aluminum lake, D&C yellow no. 10 aluminum lake, lactose
monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and pregelatinized
starch. Mircette® also contains 5 yellow round tablets containing 0.01 mg
ethinyl estradiol (19-nor-17 alpha-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne3,17-diol) and
inactive ingredients which include colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C yellow
no. 10, aluminum lake, FD&C yellow no. 6 aluminum lake, hypromellose,
lactose monohydrate, polyethylene glycol, povidone, polysorbate 80,
pregelatinized starch, stearic acid, titanium dioxide and vitamin E. The
molecular weights 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, ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol (Mircette)?
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: 7/27/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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