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Drug Information

What is Desogestrel used for?

Desogestrel tablet is used as a contraceptive for preventing pregnancy.

Desogestrel may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Desogestrel work?

Desogestrel belongs to the class of drugs called hormonal contraceptives. This drug acts by inhibiting ovulation process, thereby preventing pregnancy.

How to take Desogestrel?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Desogestrel tablet as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of Desogestrel, please take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of Desogestrel include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Slight vaginal bleeding
  • Vomiting

What are the drugs that interact with Desogestrel?

Drugs that interact with Desogestrel include the following:

  • Abciximab
  • Acenocoumarol
  • Acitretin
  • Adapalene
  • Cobicistat
  • Colesevelam
  • Colestipol
  • Dabrafenib
  • Dalteparin
  • Darunavir

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Desogestrel?

The following are the most common side effects of Desogestrel:

  • Acne
  • Fatigue
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Weight gain

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Amenorrhoea
  • Breast pain
  • Decreased libido
  • Depressed mood
  • Dysmenorrhoea

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Desogestrel?

  • Avoid taking the medicine if you are allergic to Desogestrel or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Desogestrel.
  • Do not exceed the dose prescribed by the doctor.
  • Keep the medication out of reach of children.
  • Avoid Desogestrel during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.

You are advised not to take Desogestrel if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Desogestrel?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of liver or kidney diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions about Desogestrel

  1. What are the contraindications of Desogestrel?
  2. Desogestrel is contraindicated in active venous thromboembolic disorder and undiagnoised vaginal bleeding.

  3. Is it safe to alter the dose of the Desogestrel?
  4. No. It is unsafe to alter the dose of the Desogestrel. Consult the doctor before altering the dose.

  5. How should Desogestrelbe stored?
  6. Desogestrel should be stored at room temperature (15-30°c) away from light, heat and moisture.


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