Desogen review

Desogen is an oral contraceptive which alters the hormones of the woman’s body in order to produce a difficult environment for the fertilization of the female egg as well as an inhospitable environment for a fertilized egg to grow. Desogen is not appropriate for pregnant women, women who have given birth within the previous 4 to 6 weeks, or women who are nursing.

Desogen, which can be generically prescribed as ethinyl estradiol and desogestrol, is not appropriate for all patients and a thorough medical history should be assessed prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a history of hormonal based cancers, a previous episode of jaundice associated with oral contraceptives, liver disease, liver cancer, circulation problems, blood clot, circulation problems, diabetes related circulation problems, stroke, severe high blood pressure, severe migraines, or a heart valve disorder can not tolerate Desogen.

Patients with a medical history which includes abnormal mammograms, breast lumps, fibrocystic breast disease, nodules in the breast, irregular menstrual cycles, seizures, epilepsy, gall bladder disease, diabetes, depression, weight problems, high cholesterol, heart attack, heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, or angina may require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with Desogen or may not be able to handle it at all, depending on the disease as well as patients overall health and the severity of the disease or condition.

Desogen will cause serious birth defects in developing fetuses, and passes through the mother’s breast milk which can affect a nursing infant. The prescribing physician should never prescribe Desogen to women who are pregnant or nursing.

Some patients may experience significant health complications when starting Desogen, including allergic reactions, lumps in the breast, worsening migraine headaches, loss of appetite, sleep problems, or other symptoms of depression, swelling in the hands, ankles, or feet, nausea with stomach pain, dark urine, pale stools, low fever, jaundice, chest pain accompanied by sweating, nausea, chest heaviness, and a feeling of arm involvement, a sudden headache accompanied by difficulty with balance, coordination, speech, or balance, or sudden weakness that dominates one side of the body. Allergic reactions are usually signaled by swelling of the throat, tongue, lips, or mouth, difficulty breathing, and hives.

Patients usually experience less serious side effects more frequently, and do not require emergency medical care. Most patients complain of side effects such as vaginal itching and discharge, changes in appetite, changes in weight, mild nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, vomiting, breast pain, breast swelling, breast tenderness, hair loss, darkening of the skin, more noticeable freckles, increase in facial hair, contact lens difficulty, fatigue, dizziness, nervousness, sexual dysfunction, loss of sexual interest, and frequent headaches.

Patients should be urged to make their oral contraceptives part of their daily habits as missing doses can lead to an increased risk of unplanned pregnancy. Should a patient miss a dose, the following dose should be doubled. If the patient misses two consecutive doses, the following two doses should be doubled. If the patient misses three consecutive doses, the entire pack should be discarded and the cycle should be started over. Patients should not take too much medication at once to make up for a missed dose. Patients should not try to void a pregnancy with an overdose of birth control pills, as this can lead to serious health consequences for the mother and birth defects for the developing fetus. An overdose may present with nausea, vomiting, vaginal bleeding, and other complications.

Other medications may present the risk of a serious drug interaction or may lead to decreased effectiveness. Patients should always inquire with a health care professional prior to taking any new medications, including new prescriptions, over the counter medications, herbal remedies, and vitamin supplements. Medications with a known history of interactions with Desogen include St. John’s wort, seizure medications, HIV medications, antibiotics, acetaminophen, barbiturates, and phenylbutazone.

Desogen has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of desogen

• Molecular formula of desogen is C20H24O2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 17-ethynyl-13-methyl-7,8,9,11,12,13,14,15,16,17-decahydro- 6H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthrene-3,17-diol
• Molecular weight is 296.403 g/mol
Desogen available : 0.15-30mg-mcg 30 tablets disp pack

Generic name: Ethinyl estradiol

Brand name(s): Aethinyloestradiolum, Aethinyoestradiol, Alesse, Alora, Amenoron, Amenorone, Anovlar, Binovum, Brevicon, Brevinor, Climara, Conceplan, Cyclosa, Demulen, Diane, Dicromil, Diprol, Dyloform, Ertonyl, Esclim, Esteed, Estigyn, Estinyl, Eston-E, Estopherol, Estoral, Estorals, Estrace, Estraderm, Estradiol, Estring, Estrogel, Estrogen, Ethidol, Ethinoral, Ethinyl-Oestranol, Ethinylestradiolum, Ethinylestriol, Ethinyloestradiol, Ethynylestradiol, Ethynyloestradiol, Eticyclin, Eticyclol, Eticylol, Etinestrol, Etinestryl, Etinilestradiol, Etinilestradiolo, Etinoestryl, Etistradiol, Etivex, Feminone, Fempatch, Follicoral, Genora, Ginestrene, Gynodiol, Gynolett, Halodrin, Inestra, Innofem, Jenest, Kolpolyn, Levlen, Linoral, Lo/Ovral, Loestrin, Logynon, Lynoral, Marvelon, Menolyn, Menostar, Mercilon, Microfollin, Microgynon, Mircette, Modicon, Necon, Nelova, Neo-Estrone, Neocon, Nogest-S, Norcept, Nordette, Norimin, Norinyl, Norlestrin, Novestrol, Oradiol, Orestralyn, Orestrayln, Ovcon, Ovex, Oviol, Ovral, Ovran, Ovranette, Ovysmen, Palonyl, Perovex, Primogyn, Prosexol, Spanestrin, Stediril, Synphase, Tetragynon, Thiuram E, Thiuranide, Trinordiol, Trinovum, Triphasil, Vagifem, Varnoline, Vivelle, Ylestrol

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