Desogestrel

Description

Desogestrel is used to prevent a pregnancy. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Desogestrel

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Rash
  • Breast pain
  • Missed or irregular menstrual periods
  • Weight gain

Uses of Desogestrel

What is it prescribed for?

  • Contraception
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy in near future.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesired side effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to desogestrel or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from an undiagnosed vaginal bleeding due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Severe liver impairment

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from a severe impairment of liver function due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects.

Active venous thromboembolic disorder

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from an active venous thromboembolic disorder due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy in near future.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesired side effects.
General warnings

Breast Cancer

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of breast cancer due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Diabetes Mellitus

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of diabetes mellitus due to the increased risk of altered blood glucose levels. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Use in Pediatrics

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Phenytoin

Carbamazepine

Rifampicin

Cyclosporine

Ritonavir

Disease interactions

Liver tumor

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from a liver tumor since it may worsen the patient's condition. Replacement with a suitable alternative should be considered based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects. Close monitoring of clinical condition or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with or without food, as advised by your doctor. Do not take in larger amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by preventing the fertilization of the egg with the sperm.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Contraceptives, Progestins

Schedule

Schedule H

Desogestrel - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 3 August 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00304

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 3 August 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.6830.pdf

Desogestrel [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 3 August 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/desogestrel#section=Top

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Information on this page was last updated on 17 Aug 2018

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