Mircette is a mixture of ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel. It belongs to the group of progestins, used in hormonal contraceptive methods (birth control affecting the endocrine system). As a combined oral contraceptive drug, it includes both estrogen and desogestrel (that belongs to the progestins). These are the female hormones allowing you to prevent ovulation.
Actually, Mircette is a contraceptive pill, intended to prevent pregnancy. However, it may be used as well by patients suffering from diabetes or lipid disorders (too high levels of fats in blood) as it has less effect on the blood sugar level. Moreover, it reduces the amount of estrogen thereby decreasing the possibility of breast pain, weight gain and migraines.
Mircette impedes the sperm from reaching the eggs, by altering the uterine lining and cervical mucus. It makes it difficult for a fertilized egg to join the uterus. The generic of this drug has similar effect, as it includes the same components as the brand form.
Mircette is available in the 28 day birth control pack and includes 7 reminder tablets to regulate your periods. It is advisable to take the drug on the first day of your menstruation.
Take the drug strictly according to the doctor’s prescriptions. Patients should use the birth methods, such as condoms while using the drug for the first time.
Take 1 pill of Mircette a day. If you skipped the pill, you can get pregnant. Therefore, you should avoid skipping the dose. If you’ve run out of pills, buy the new pack and keep taking it as long as necessary.
Avoid using the drug if you’re pregnant.
Don’t use this drug without the doctor’s approval if you have any of the following diseases:
Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, heart failure, stroke, circulation disorders, blood clotting, diabetes, kidney disorders, vaginal hemorrhage, yellowing of the skin, headaches, breast or endometrial cancer.
Avoid smoking, particularly if you’re older than 35, as it can enhance the risk of developing stroke or heart failure.
Drugs for hepatitis C, AIDS and anti-epilepsy drugs can increase the risk of heart failure, stroke or blood clotting when used in combination with Mircette.
Avoid taking Mircette if you’ve just had a baby or if you are lactating, because this medication can cause congenital defects in kids.
Avoid using this drug if you’re nursing a newborn, as there are some hormones in the drug that can get into the breast milk and affect the child.
You should stop using the drug and consult your doctor at once if you note the following symptoms:
Lack of appetite