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Viorele is a combined oral contraceptive (birth control pill). It is taken once a day, with food or on an empty stomach. Unlike many other birth control pills, the last week of each Viorele pack contains only two inactive pills. The remaining five pills contain estrogen to help prevent bleeding between periods.


What Is Viorele?

Viorele™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (oral contraceptive). It is a generic version of Mircette®.
(Click What Is Viorele Used For? for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

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