Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) (mar-ve-lon)
What is Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) used for?
Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) is an oral contraceptive medication prescribed to women to prevent pregnancy. It operates by preventing the release of an egg from the ovaries make fertilization very difficult. It also alters the lining of the cervix and uterus to prevent implantation of a fertilized egg if it does occur. Your doctor may prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel)?
Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) should always be used strictly according to your doctor`s instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is meant to be taken each day strictly according to the printed calendar or indicators on the packaging. Most women are prescribed to begin taking the first tablet on the first day of menstruation. It is recommended to take the doses at the same time each day to ensure no doses are missed as any days the medication is not taken can severely reduce its contraceptive effectiveness. The medication may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Do not split, chew, or crush the tablets before use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to prevent any misuse or unnecessary problems.
What are the side effects of Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel)?
The use of Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any serious or worrying symptoms such as migraines or changes in migraine frequency, coughing, choking sensations, unusual swelling of the legs or extremities, coughing up blood, severe chest pain, darkened urine, discoloured stools, jaundice, or a lump appearing in the breast. These conditions may require reduced dosages, application frequency, or immediate medical assistance in serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) should not be used in patients who have known or suspected pregnancy, are breast feeding, have breast cancer, porphyrias, or unexplained vaginal bleeding. Also discuss any conditions you have that may cause complications with treatment. These include upcoming surgery, prolonged mobilization, gallbladder disease, history of stroke, liver cancer, liver cirrhosis, clotting disorders, diabetes, history of migraines, jaundice, or high triglyceride levels. These may require special alterations to your regimen to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Strictly use Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Marvelon (Ethinylestradiol/Desogestrel) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.