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Desogen

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations for when and how to use Desogen include the following:
  • Desogen comes in the form of a tablet that is taken by mouth once a day.
  • You can take Desogen with food or on an empty stomach. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Each pack of Desogen contains 28 pills. Be sure to take them in order. Once you have finished a pack, start a new pack right away. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
  • It is very important to take Desogen every day, at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that is easy to remember (such as at bedtime or breakfast). If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for a week.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

There is only one standard dose Desogen, regardless of age, weight, or medical conditions. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Desogen Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Desogen

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Desogen. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting (between periods)
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches.
(Click Desogen Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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