Mircette is a combination oral contraceptive that contains two active ingredients, ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel. It is used as a form of birth control to prevent pregnancy. The ethinyl estradiol component is a synthetic estrogen, while desogestrel is a progestin. Together, these hormones work by preventing ovulation, thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from reaching the egg, and thinning the lining of the uterus to make it less receptive for implantation.
What to Avoid When Taking Mircette
Mircette should not be taken if any of the following conditions are present:
– Pregnancy or suspected pregnancy
– History of blood clots or clotting disorders
– Severe liver disease
– Breast or uterine cancer
– Abnormal vaginal bleeding
– Allergy to ethinyl estradiol, desogestrel, or any other component of Mircette
What to Expect When Taking Mircette
Common side effects of Mircette may include:
– Nausea and vomiting
– Breast tenderness or swelling
– Changes in menstrual flow
– Weight changes
– Mood changes
– Reduced sex drive
These side effects are usually mild and tend to resolve on their own. However, if they persist or become severe, it is important to consult a healthcare professional.
Mircette should be taken orally once daily, preferably at the same time each day. The pack contains 28 tablets, with 21 active tablets containing hormones and 7 inactive reminder tablets. It is important to follow the prescribed order of the tablets.
If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible, even if it means taking two tablets in one day. Backup contraception should be used for the next 7 days. If two or more tablets are missed in a row, additional backup contraception should be used, and a healthcare professional should be consulted.
In the case of overdose, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, and vaginal bleeding. If an overdose is suspected, medical attention should be sought immediately.
Mircette and Concomitant Drugs
Mircette may interact with other medications, including:
– Antibiotics (such as rifampin, penicillin)
– Anticonvulsants (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin)
– Antifungal medications (such as griseofulvin)
– Antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV (such as ritonavir)
– Herbal supplements (such as St. John’s wort)
These medications may reduce the effectiveness of Mircette or increase the risk of side effects. It is important to inform a healthcare professional about all medications being taken, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements, before starting Mircette.
Q: Can Mircette protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
A: No, Mircette does not protect against STIs. It is solely intended for preventing pregnancy.
Q: Can Mircette cause weight gain?
A: Weight changes are a possible side effect of Mircette. While some individuals may experience weight gain, others may experience weight loss or no change at all.
Q: Can Mircette be used to treat acne?
A: Mircette is not approved for the treatment of acne. However, it may help with acne breakouts in some individuals due to its anti-androgenic effects.
Q: Is it normal to have irregular bleeding while taking Mircette?
A: Some women may experience irregular bleeding or spotting during the first few months of taking Mircette. This is usually temporary and should improve with continued use.
Q: Can I take Mircette while breastfeeding?
A: It is generally recommended to use non-hormonal forms of contraception while breastfeeding. Mircette should only be used after consultation with a healthcare professional.