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Generic Name: Ethinyl Estradiol and Desogestrel [EH-thih-nill-ess-tra-DYE-ole and Des-oh-JESS-trel]

Brand Names: Apri, Azurette, Caziant, Cyred EQ…show all 18 brands

Drug class: contraceptives

What is Emoquette?

Emoquette is a birth control pill that contains feminine hormones that prevent the process of ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovary). Emoquette is also a cause of changes in the cervical mucus as well as the lining of your uterus, making it difficult for sperm to get into the uterus and making it more difficult for fertilized eggs to get attached to the uterus.Emoquette can be used to stop the occurrence of pregnancy. There are a variety of varieties of this medication on the market. Some brands are not mentioned in this leaflet.

Side effects of Emoquette

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms or warning signs of an allergic response, like hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,Birth control pills could result in serious adverse effects. Take birth control pills off your list and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • Symptoms of signs of stroke—sudden weakness or numbness, extreme headache, or slurred speech issues with balance or vision;
  • Indications for a blood clot within the lung, such as chest pain, an abrupt and loud cough or breathlessness, nausea, and vomiting up blood;
  • Symptoms of a blood clot that is deep within the body, such as pain or swelling within one leg.
  • Heart attack symptoms: chest pressure or pain; pain expanding to your shoulder or jaw; nausea; sweating;
  • Liver problems: swelling in the middle of your body, right-sided stomach pain, decreased appetite dark urine, black stool, jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin);
  • High blood pressure, severe headache, blurred vision, and pounding in your ears or neck;
  • Depression: mood changes, feelings of self-worth devaluation, a loss of enthusiasm for things you previously liked, sleep problems, and thoughts of self-harm;
  • Swelling in your ankles, hands, or feet, or lumps in your breasts;
  • Variations in the pattern or intensity of migraine headaches.

Common adverse consequences of emoquette could include:

  • Weight increase and nausea, vomiting, breast tenderness, or bleeding from the breast;
    acne, darkening of the facial skin,
  • Issues with contact lenses.

This list does not cover every side effect associated with Nexium use. Other side effects could occur. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Do not use birth control pills in the event that you are pregnant or have had a recent baby.You shouldn't take birth control medications if you suffer from heart issues and circulation issues, undiagnosed vaginal bleeding and liver issues, and severe migraine headaches in the event that you also take certain hepatitis C medications when you're scheduled to undergo major surgery, if you smoke and are older than 35 years old, or if you have suffered a heart attack, stroke, blood clot, or jaundice triggered by birth control pills, as well as cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina.

Before you take this drug

The use of contraceptive pills may increase the risk of strokes, blood clots, and heart attacks. There is a higher risk if you suffer from elevated blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or obesity. The risk of having a stroke or blood clots is highest in the first year of being on birth control. The risk increases when you start taking birth pills for control after not taking them for four weeks or more.Smoking increases the chances of developing blood clots, heart attacks, or strokes that are caused by birth control medications, specifically for those over 35.Don't use it if you're expecting. Stop using Emoquette and notify your doctor immediately if you find yourself pregnant or have missed two menstrual cycles in one go. If you've had the birth of a child, you should wait at least four weeks before you start taking birth hormone pills to control the birth.

It is not recommended to take contraceptives if you suffer from:

  • Untreated or uncontrolled blood pressure untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease (chest tension, coronary artery disease, a history of heart attack or stroke, circulation issues, or the formation of blood clots) or a higher chance of developing blood clots as a result of an underlying heart condition or hereditary blood disorder.
  • A history of cancer related to hormones such as breast cancer, vagina, or uterus/cervix;
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding that isn't being examined by an ophthalmologist;
  • Liver disease or liver cancer, if you take any hepatitis C medication containing ombitasvir, paritaprevir, or ritonavir with or without dasabuvir, or if you have a history of jaundice caused by pregnancy or birth control pills;
  • Serious migraine headaches (with an aura, numbness, weakening of vision, or other changes) Particularly when you're older than 35 years old or if you smoke and are over 35.

Speak with your physician immediately if you have ever suffered from:

  • Cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure; varicose veins; if you're prone to blood clots; the presence of high cholesterol and triglycerides; or if you're overweight.
  • Depression, migraine headaches diabetic issues, gallbladder problems;
  • Kidney or liver disease;
  • Menstrual irregularities, fibrocystic breast disease lumps, nodules, or abnormal mammograms.

Consult your doctor to determine whether it is safe to breastfeed while taking this medicine.

How to take Emoquette?

Follow the directions on the label of your prescription and read the medication guide or instructions sheets. Follow the medication precisely as directed.It is recommended to take your initial pill the day you begin your menstrual cycle or the day after the start of your period. It's possible that you will need to use additional birth control options, like condoms or spermicide, when you first take this medicine. Follow the instructions of your physician.You should take one pill a day and no more than 24 hours in between. If the pills are empty, then start a fresh pack the next day. You could become pregnant if you take a pill every day. Refill your prescription prior to the time you have run out of pills completely.Certain birth control kits contain seven "reminder" pills to keep you on the same cycle. Your period is usually scheduled to begin after you take these pills for reminders.There is a possibility of bleeding that has exploded. Inform your doctor if the bleeding persists or becomes very heavy.Utilize a backup birth control plan if you're sick and suffering from severe vomiting or diarrhea.Any surgeon or doctor who sees you must be aware that you are taking contraceptives for birth.If you take birth medication to control your birth, you will be required to see your physician frequently.Keep it at room temperature, free of heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Follow the instructions on the prescription label and study all medication guides or instructions sheets. The absence of medication increases your chance of becoming pregnant.If you do not take one active pill, you should take two pills the next day you can remember. Take one pill per day throughout the remainder of the package.If you do not take two active tablets in one row in the first or second week, you should take two pills a day for two days. Take one pill per day throughout the remainder of the week. Make sure to use a backup birth control plan up to 7 consecutive days after the missing pills.If you fail to take two active pills consecutively within Week 3, you can throw away the remainder of the pack and begin a new pack on the same day, when you are a Day 1 starter. If you're a Sunday-based starter, continue taking a pill each day up to Sunday. When you are done, take out the remainder of your pack and begin a new pack for the day.

If you fail to take three active pills in one row during the week of 1 or 2, discard the remainder of the pack and start a fresh pack the next day if you're a day 1 starter. If you're a Sunday-based starter, continue taking a pill each day through Sunday. On Sunday, toss out the remainder of your pack and begin a fresh pack for the day.If you skip at least two pills in a row, then you might not experience a period for the rest of the month. If you haven't had your period for more than two months consecutively, consult your physician because it could be that you're pregnant.If you do not remember to take a reminder pill, discard it and take one pill a day until your pack is completely empty.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency attention or contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. The symptoms of an overdose can include nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding.

What should be avoided?

Don't smoke when using birth control medications, especially if you are over 35 years old.Birth control pills do not stop the disease from spreading. Do not engage in unprotected sexual relations or share toothbrushes or razors. Discuss with your doctor ways to stop HIV transmission during sexual contact.

Interaction with other drug

Discuss with your doctor all other medicines you take, particularly:

  • Phenylbutazone;
  • Griseofulvin;
  • Bosentan;
  • Rifampin;
  • John's wort;
  • Glecaprevir/pibrentasvir;
  • Anticonvulsants (antiepileptics) like phenobarbital, phenytoin, and carbamazepine lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine topiramate, or felbamate.

This list is not comprehensive. Other drugs can also influence Emoquette, which includes medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products. There are many possible interactions between drugs that are listed here.



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