What is Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) used for?
Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) is a type of oral contraceptive, more commonly known as a birth control pill, which is used as a form of contraception, to help prevent pregnancy. It works by preventing the release of an egg from the ovaries, while also thickening the mucus in the neck of the womb and changing the womb lining. The active ingredients in this medication are both synthesized versions of the natural female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
How should I use Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel)?
Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) tablets should be taken exactly as prescribed by your physician. This product contains either 21 hormonal tablets and 7 inactive tablets, or else 21 hormonal tablets. The hormonal tablets are normally taken for 21 days, after which the inactive tablets are taken for 7 days. If the package does not have inactive tablets, you should not take any tablets for the 7 days following your first pack of 21 tablets. During these 7 days, you may experience bleeding similar to your normal period (withdrawal bleed). Consult your physician before taking these tablets so that you can be properly advised on how to take them.
What are the side effects of Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel)?
Some patients taking Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) may notice side effects, such as:
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, you should immediately consult your physician. Other more severe side effects, which require immediate medical attention may also occur, such as unusual facial hair, changes in weight, discoloration of the skin and other side effects. Consult your physician for more details.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.