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You are here: Home » eGM Resources » Health Information & Resources Portal|Home » RX Drug List (listed alphabetically) » Drug Reference (D's) » Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol


Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects from oral contraceptive use. This risk increases with age and with heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and is quite marked in women over 35 years of age. Women who use oral contraceptives should be strongly advised not to smoke.


Ortho-Cept 21 and Ortho-Cept 28 tablets provide an oral contraceptive regimen of 21 orange round tablets each containing 0.15 mg desogestrel (13-ethyl-11-methylene-18,19-dinor-17 alpha-pregn-4-en- 20-yn-17-ol) and 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol (19-nor-17 alpha-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17,diol). Inactive ingredients include vitamin E, corn starch, povidone, stearic acid, colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide, talc and ferric oxide. Ortho-Cept 28 also contains 7 green tablets containing the following inactive ingredients: lactose, pregelatinized starch, magnesium stearate, FD&C blue no. 1 aluminum lake, ferric oxide, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide and talc.


CATEGORIES: Contraception; Pregnancy Category X; FDA Class 1S ("Standard Review"); FDA Approved 1992 Dec; Top 200 Drugs

FDA Drug Classes: Contraceptives; Estrogens/Progestins


BRAND NAMES: Desogen; Desolett; Marvelon; Marvelon 21; Marvelon 28; Mercilon; Microdiol; Mircette; Novelon; Ortho-Cept; Varnoline
(Foreign Brand names outside U.S. in italics)

Desolett (Turkey)
Marvelon (Austria; Bahrain; Belgium; Benin; Bulgaria; Burkina-Faso; Colombia; Cyprus; Czech-Republic; Denmark; Ecuador; Egypt; England; Ethiopia; Finland; Gambia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Guinea; Hong-Kong; Hungary; Hungary; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Ivory-Coast; Jordan; Kenya; Kuwait; Lebanon; Liberia; Libya; Malawi; Malaysia; Mali; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Netherlands; Niger; Nigeria; Norway; Oman; Peru; Portugal; Qatar; Republic-Of-Yemen; Russia; Saudi-Arabia; Senegal; Seychelles; Sierra-Leone; South-Africa; South-Africa; Sudan; Switzerland; Syria; Tanzania; Tunia; Uganda; United-Arab-Emirates; Zambia; Zimbabwe)
Marvelon 21 (New-Zealand; Taiwan; Thailand)
Marvelon 28 (Australia; Denmark; Indonesia; New-Zealand; New-Zealand; Philippines; Thailand)
Mercilon (France; Philippines)
Microdiol (Israel; Spain)
Novelon (India)
Varnoline (France; Switzerland)

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