Last updated on RxList: 3/26/2020
Reclipsen Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Reclipsen?

Reclipsen 28 Day (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol kit) is a combined oral contraceptive (COC) indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception.

What Are Side Effects of Reclipsen?

Side effects of Reclipsen include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • gastrointestinal symptoms (such as abdominal cramps and bloating),
  • breakthrough bleeding,
  • spotting,
  • change in menstrual flow,
  • missed menstrual periods,
  • temporary infertility after discontinuation of treatment,
  • fluid retention (edema),
  • dark patches or freckles on skin which may persist,
  • breast tenderness or enlargement,
  • nipple secretion,
  • changes in weight,
  • changes in vaginal discharge,
  • diminished in lactation when given immediately postpartum,
  • migraine,
  • allergic reaction (including rash, hives, and skin swelling),
  • depression,
  • reduced tolerance to carbohydrates,
  • vaginal yeast infection, and
  • intolerance to contact lenses

Dosage for Reclipsen

The dosage of Reclipsen for the initial cycle of therapy is one rose-colored “active” tablet administered daily from the 1st day through the 21st day of the menstrual cycle, counting the first day of menstrual flow as "Day 1". Tablets are taken without interruption as follows: One rose-colored “active” tablet daily for 21 days, then one white “reminder” tablet daily for 7 days. After 28 tablets have been taken, a new course is started and a rose-colored “active” tablet is taken the next day.

Reclipsen In Children

The safety and efficacy of Reclipsen have been established in women of reproductive age. Safety and efficacy are expected to be the same for postpubertal adolescents under the age of 16 and for users 16 years and older. Use of this product before menarche is not indicated.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Reclipsen?

Reclipsen may interact with other medicines such as:

Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Reclipsen During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Reclipsen is not intended for use during pregnancy. Small amounts of oral contraceptive steroids and/or metabolites are present in breast milk. Estrogen-containing COCs such as Reclipsen can reduce milk production in breastfeeding mothers. Nursing mothers are advised when possible to use other forms of contraception until they have weaned their children. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Reclipsen 28 Day (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol kit) 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.

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.


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Reclipsen Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have 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:

  • signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
  • signs of a blood clot--sudden vision loss, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood, pain or warmth in one or both legs;
  • heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
  • liver problems--loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, tiredness, fever, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • increased blood pressure--severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears;
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
  • changes in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
  • a breast lump; or
  • symptoms of depression--sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting (especially when you first start taking this medicine);
  • breast tenderness;
  • breakthrough bleeding;
  • acne, darkening of facial skin;
  • weight gain; or
  • problems with contact lenses.

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 Reclipsen (Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol) Tablets)


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Reclipsen Professional Information


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

  • Thrombophlebitis and venous thrombosis with or without embolism
  • Arterial thromboembolism
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Cerebral thrombosis
  • Hypertension
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hepatic adenomas or benign liver tumors

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
  • Allergic reaction, including rash, urticaria, and angioedema
  • 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 a causal association has been neither confirmed nor refuted:

  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Cataracts
  • Changes in appetite
  • Cystitis-like syndrome
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Hirsutism
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Hemorrhagic eruption
  • Vaginitis
  • Porphyria
  • Impaired renal function
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Acne
  • Changes in libido
  • Colitis
  • Budd-Chiari Syndrome

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Reclipsen (Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol) Tablets)

© Reclipsen Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Reclipsen Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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