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Mircette

Last reviewed on RxList: 7/27/2012
Mircette Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 02/07/2017

Mircette (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) is a combination of female hormones indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women. Mircette is available in generic form. Common side effects of Mircette include:

  • nausea (especially when you first start taking Mircette),
  • vomiting,
  • bloating,
  • stomach cramps,
  • breast tenderness or swelling,
  • nipple discharge,
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin,
  • increased hair growth,
  • loss of scalp hair,
  • changes in weight or appetite,
  • problems with contact lenses,
  • vaginal itching or discharge,
  • changes in your menstrual periods, or
  • decreased sex drive.

Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects. Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Mircette including:

  • lumps in the breast,
  • mental/mood changes (such as new or worsening depression),
  • severe stomach or abdominal pain,
  • unusual changes in vaginal bleeding (such as continuous spotting, sudden heavy bleeding, missed periods),
  • dark urine, or
  • yellowing eyes or skin.

Mircette tablets must be taken exactly as directed and at intervals not exceeding 24 hours. Mircette may interact with rifampin, barbiturates, phenylbutazone, phenytoin sodium, carbamazepine, griseofulvin, ampicillin, tetracyclines, bosentan, drugs to treat hepatitis C or HIV/AIDS, St. John's wort, seizure medications, dantrolene, lamotrigine, tizanidine, or tranexamic acid. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Mircette is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking Mircette. Hormones in Mircette pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Mircette may also slow milk production. Mircette is not recommended for use while breastfeeding.

Our Mircette (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Mircette Consumer Information

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 breathing, coughing up blood;
  • pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs;
  • a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
  • a breast lump; or
  • symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea (especially when you first start taking this medicine), vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps;
  • breast tenderness or swelling, nipple discharge;
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair;
  • changes in weight or appetite;
  • problems with contact lenses;
  • vaginal itching or discharge; or
  • changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Mircette (Desogestrel, Ethinyl Estradiol and Ethinyl Estradiol)

Mircette Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

An increased risk of the following serious adverse reactions has been associated with the use of oral contraceptives (see WARNINGS section):

There is evidence of an association between the following conditions and the use of oral contraceptives:

  • Mesenteric thrombosis
  • Retinal thrombosis

The following adverse reactions have been reported in patients receiving oral contraceptives and are believed to be drug-related:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as abdominal cramps and bloating)
  • Breakthrough bleeding
  • Spotting
  • Change in menstrual flow
  • Amenorrhea
  • Temporary infertility after discontinuation of treatment
  • Edema
  • Melasma which may persist
  • Breast changes: tenderness, enlargement, secretion
  • Change in weight (increase or decrease)
  • Change in cervical erosion and secretion
  • Diminution in lactation when given immediately postpartum
  • Cholestatic jaundice
  • Migraine
  • Rash (allergic)
  • Mental depression
  • Reduced tolerance to carbohydrates
  • Vaginal candidiasis
  • Change in corneal curvature (steepening)
  • Intolerance to contact lenses

The following adverse reactions have been reported in users of oral contraceptives and the association has been neither confirmed nor refuted:

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Mircette (Desogestrel, Ethinyl Estradiol and Ethinyl Estradiol)

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