What is Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel?

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Ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel is a combination product used to prevent pregnancy. Off label use includes treatment of hypermenorrhea (menorrhagia); pain associated with endometriosis; dysmenorrhea; dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 24 12
Endometriosis 10 6
Irregular menstrual periods 5 4
I have to use birth control because we are not ready for a baby. 3 0
Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual flow) 3 3
Menstrual cramps 2 2

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 7
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Side effect Patients
Nausea 4
Breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding 2
Complex Confusional Migraine 1
Fever/chills 1
Headache on left side of head 1
Headaches 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Dosage Patients
1 mixed daily 3
0.15 mg-0.03 mg daily 2
1 mixed monthly 1
0.15-0.02 mg daily 1
0.15 mixed daily 1
0.15-0.02 mg twice daily 1
1 other daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 5
Other 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Did not seem to work 2
Personal research 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 18 patients who’ve stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Duration

Currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 23
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 21
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 18
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 2
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norelgestromin (Ortho Evra) 1

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Patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Noriday) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

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equinya
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
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Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Jun 30, 2012 (Started Oct 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for regulating period)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.15 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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gardener
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gardener
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Dec 2, 2011 (Started Nov 11, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.15 mg-0.03 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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bassoongirl
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bassoongirl
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 27
Condition: Migraine 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vb
I have:
Migraine

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Nov 30, 2010 (Started Sep 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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