Desogen is an oral contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. It is the combination of female hormones (estrogen/progestin) which work to prevent the release of eggs from the ovaries. Desogen also causes changes in cervical mucus and the uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to fertilize an egg and for the egg to attach to the uterus.
Do not use Desogen if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby. Do not use Desogen in these conditions: a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems, a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe high blood pressure, migraine headaches, a heart valve disorder, or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills.
Do not smoke while using Desogen, especially if you are older than 35.
Desogen will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS.
Before using Desogen, tell your doctor if you have:
- High blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart failure, angina (chest pain)
- History of heart attack
- High cholesterol or if you are overweight
- A history of depression
- Gallbladder disease
- Seizures or epilepsy
- A history of irregular menstrual cycles
- A history of fibrocystic breast disease, lumps, nodules, or an abnormal mammogram
Desogen Side Effects
Serious side effects: Sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden headache, confusion, problems with vision; chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder; sweating, general ill feeling; a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches; nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite; dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice; swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; a breast lump; symptoms of depression.
Common side effects: Mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps; breast pain, tenderness, or swelling; 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, decreased sex drive; headache, nervousness, dizziness, tired feeling.
This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Desogen, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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