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Drug Information

What is Dienogest used for?

Dienogest tablet/capsule is used for the treatment of pain during endometriosis.

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

How does Dienogest work?

Dienogest belongs to the class of drugs called progestins. The drug acts by inhibiting the action of oestrogen on uterus lining and breasts, thereby reducing the pelvic pain caused during endometriosis.

How to take Dienogest?

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

  • Swallow the capsule/tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the capsule/tablet.

If you miss a dose of Dienogest, 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.

What are the drugs that interact with Dienogest?

Drugs that interact with Dienogest include the following:

  • Carbamazepine
  • Diltiazem
  • Griseofulvin
  • Phenytoin
  • Primidone
  • Rifampicin
  • Topiramate
  • Verapamil

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 Dienogest?

The following are the most common side effects of Dienogest:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Lethargy
  • Sleep disorders
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Acne
  • Unusual weight gain
  • Nervousness

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

  • Prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Infrequent menstrual bleeding
  • Thromboembolism
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Decreased libido
  • Breast discomfort
  • Migraine
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Chest pain

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 Dienogest?

  • Avoid taking the medicine if you are allergic to Dienogest or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may alter the absorption of Dienogest.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Dienogest causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Avoid Dienogest during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Do not stop taking the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Do not exceed the dose prescribed by the doctor.

You are advised not to take Dienogest 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 Dienogest?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of liver and kidney impairment.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
  • Notify your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Dienogest.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dienogest

  1. How Dienogest should be stored?
  2. Dienogest should be stored at room temperature (15 – 30OC) away from sunlight, heat and moisture.

  3. How long can I take Dienogest?
  4. Dienogest should be taken for the prescribed duration. Please consult the doctor if you have to discontinue the medication.

  5. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Dienogest?
  6. Yes, it is advised to monitor bone mineral density, blood pressure, mammogram, breast exam and Pap smear while taking Dienogest.


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