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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Desogen
These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as
recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is
always advised to consult their own physician.
Question: Since going on Desogen, I am losing a lot of hair and my hair has become very fine. Could this be a side effect of the Desogen?
Question: Can Desogen increase my craving for sugar? If so how do I tame my craving it has gotten really bad
Answer: No, but it can increase appetite in general. No solution other than not taking the medication.
Desogen - Birth Control [posted
Question: I am presently taking Desogen, and have no problems, but was wondering
how it works. I think I understand that it suppresses ovulation during the 3 weeks of
active pills, but what I do not understand is what happens during the one week of inactive
pills. My doctor has told me not worry about back up contraceptives during this time, but
my last active pill is on Saturday and I usually do not get my period until Wednesday
evening or Thursday morning. Should I be concerned about the change of getting pregnant in
these 4 or 5 days, as I assume I ovulate during this time?
Anwser: Birth control pills have several functions. Some/most prevent
ovulation. Some prevent implantation as well. As far as your body is concerned, you are
pregnant and should not ovulate. The pause is to set up the sloughing of the endometrium
that we call a period. You will not get pregnant during this time ation is post the time
for implantation of the egg.
Desogen Info [posted 12/04/98]
Question: I wanted to know what kind of drug this desogen is, and the side effects.
Anwser: Desogen is a combination of desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol.
It is mainly used as a birth control pill. Side effects are like most birth control pills,
phlebitis,weight gain, possible increase of breast cancer, liver toxicity.
Desogen and Skin Sensitivity
Question: I started on Desogen at age 15 with no immediate side effects. Slowly
over the past two years my occasional atopic dermatitis has gotten more frequent and has
worsened to numular eczema. Could this be related to pill use? Would stopping the pill for
a month or two be a long enough test?
Answer: Probably not related. I suspect one month would be insufficient for a
Question: If you are allergic to Desogen and a rash results, what would it look
Answer: There is too much variability between people to say. The best way is
usually to stop the medication and see if the rash disappears, then restart and see if it
returns. If this occurs the rash is probably due to the medication.
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