What is Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) used for?
Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) is a female oral contraception often known as birth control pills and "the pill". It is used to prevent pregnancy. It works by altering the uterine lining and the cervical mucus, as well as by preventing ovulation to further prevent pregnancy. Patients will usually be given a pregnancy test by their physician immediately prior to being prescribed this method of birth control.
How should I use Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel)?
Always take Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) strictly as you have been directed by your physician. For additional information, consult your physician or refer to the instruction leaflet included with the product. Patients usually take the first pill on the first day of their period, and continue to take one pill per day. It is important that dosing is done at the same time each day to keep you protected from pregnancy. If you miss a dose, consult the included instructional leaflet.
What are the side effects of Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel)?
Report all side effects to your physician that you experience while taking Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel). Possible side effects include:
More serious side effects which require medical attention as soon as possible include sudden speech problems, loss of balance, numbness, confusion, or mood changes.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Mercilon (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.