What is Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 12 8
Endometriosis 8 5
Breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding 1 2
Dysmenorrhea 1 1
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome 1 1
Hormone replacement 1 0

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  • Major
  • 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 2
Mild 4
None 9

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

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

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Dosage Patients
1 mixed daily 2
0.15-0.02 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Did not seem to work 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 11 patients who’ve stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Duration

Currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 13
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 10
Not specified 7

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ortho Evra 1

Patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Marvelon 1
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2 patient evaluations for Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel

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equinya
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equinya
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

See equinya's full Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel history

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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dibo
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dibo
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Left Eye : severe
Right Eye : none
Sensation : moderate
Overall : moderate
Swallowing : none
Arms : mild
Legs : severe
Bladder/Bowel : moderate
Spinal Cord : mild
I have:
NMO

See dibo's full Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel history

Jan 1, 2010 (Started Feb 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Premenstrual syndrome (PMS))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mcg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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