What is Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) used for?
Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) is an oral contraceptive for women to prevent pregnancy. It operates by changing the balance of hormones in the body to stop the release of an egg during ovulation to prevent pregnancy. Your physician may also recommend the use of this medication to treat other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel)?
Always use Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet taken each day, but your particular directions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full cup of water and may be taken on an empty stomach. A meal or snack is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Do not split or chew the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel)?
Some patients using Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) have reported experiencing side effects including:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention include severe nausea, unusual swelling in the extremities, depression, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, severe headaches, numbness or weakness, darkened urine, discolored stools, jaundice, or lump appearing in the breast. Inform your physician as soon as you experience any worrying or intense symptoms to make sure the necessary alterations are made to your application frequency or dosage to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Mercilon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) should not be used by men or by women who are pregnant, suspected of pregnancy, attempting to conceive, breastfeeding, or who have angina, history of blood clots, angina, high cholesterol levels, heart valve disorders, severe diabetes, a history of breast cancer, cancer of the genital tract, gallstones, porphyrias, history of jaundice, obesity, unexplained vaginal bleeding, or severe liver disease. Also inform your physician if you have obesity, varicose veins, heart failure, a history of depression, a history of gallstones, family history of breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes, a history of liver disease, or decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected health complications requiring special adjustments to your regimen.
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 an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.