Mircette is a brand formulation of the combination drugs ethinyl estradiol and desogestrel. It is a progestin that is used in hormonal contraceptives (birth control methods that act on the endocrine system). As a combined oral contraceptive pill, it contains both estrogen and desogestrel which is a progestin. These are the female hormones that help in preventing ovulation.
Mircette is basically a birth control pill that is used to prevent pregnancy. It can also be used by women with diabetes or lipid disorders (abnormally elevated levels of lipid in blood) as it is found to have less impact on blood glucose levels. Also it has lower quantity of estrogen thus reducing the possibility of breast tenderness, weigh gain and migraine headaches.
Mircette works by preventing the sperm from reaching the eggs, by changing the lining of the uterus and cervical mucus. It also makes the condition harder for a fertilized egg to adhere firmly to the uterus. The generic formulation of this brand pill also produces the same effect because it also contains the same ingredient as the brand one.
Dosage and Administration
Mircette comes as a 28 day birth control pack and it comprises 7 reminder pills to keep the menstrual cycle regular. The pill is supposed to be taken on the first day of your periods or the first Sunday after the commencement of periods.
Mircette should be taken in the exact way it has been told by the physician. As directed by the physician, the person must take back up birth control, like condoms while taking the pill for the first time.
Only one pill should be taken for a day and if the person misses to take the daily intake there is a chance that she may become pregnant. Try not to miss a dose of Mircette. If the pills prescribed to you are over, start with the new pack and continue it till the prescribed duration.
Important safety information
You should not use Mircette if you are pregnant or have recently been pregnant.
Do not take this medication without consulting a doctor if you have any of the below conditions:
Do not smoke, especially if you are older than 35 years, as smoking can increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Medications like Hep-C, HIV and seizure drugs can put you at risk of having a heart attack, stroke or blood clot when you are on a medical course with Mircette.
Do not take Mircette if you have recently delivered a child or if you are breast feeding as this drug has the ability to cause birth defects in children.
Do not use this medicine if you are breastfeeding a child as there are certain hormones in Mircette which can enter into breast milk and harm the children being breastfed.
It is advised to stop taking Mircette and consult a physician immediately when the person experiences:
- Swelling or redness in legs
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Yellowing of eyes (Jaundice)