Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Apri
  2. Caziant
  3. Cesia
  4. Cyclessa
  5. Desogen
  6. Enskyce
  7. Kariva
  8. Mircette
  9. Ortho-Cept
  10. Reclipsen
  11. Solia
  12. Velivet

Canadian Brand Name

  1. Marvelon 21
  2. Marvelon 28 - White Tablet

Descriptions


Desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol combination is used to prevent pregnancy. It is a birth control pill that contains two types of hormones, desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol, and when taken properly, prevents pregnancy. It works by stopping a woman's egg from fully developing each month. The egg can no longer accept a sperm and fertilization is prevented.

No contraceptive method is 100 percent effective. Birth control methods such as having surgery to become sterile or not having sex are more effective than birth control pills. Discuss your options for birth control with your doctor.

This medicine does not prevent HIV infection or other sexually transmitted diseases. It will not help as emergency contraception, such as after unprotected sexual contact.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Tablet