Preventing pregnancy. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Ortho-Cept is a combination progesterone and estrogen birth control pill. It works by preventing ovulation. It may also change the cervical mucus to prevent the sperm from reaching the egg and change the lining of the uterus to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.

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  • Desogen and Mircette
  • Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    absent, missed, or irregular menstrual periods
    change in vision
    changes in skin color
    chest pain or discomfort
    clay-colored stools
    dark urine
    dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting
    hives or welts
    itching skin or rash
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    nausea and vomiting
    pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
    pain, tenderness, or swelling of the foot or leg
    pains in the chest, groin, or legs, especially in the calves of the legs
    severe headaches of sudden onset
    slow or fast heartbeat
    sudden loss of coordination or slurred speech
    sudden onset of shortness of breath for no apparent reason
    sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting of blood
    Some desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Incidence not known
    blotchy spots on the exposed skin
    breast enlargement or tenderness
    feeling sad or empty
    itching of the vagina or outside the genitals
    loss of interest or pleasure
    pain during sexual intercourse
    thick, white curd-like vaginal discharge without odor or with mild odor
    trouble wearing contact lenses
  • (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol) tablets
  • Bacterial Infection

    Treating certain bacterial infections. It may be used in combination with other medicines to treat acne or certain amoeba infections. It may be used to prevent certain types of malaria in travelers who will be visiting malaria-infected areas for less than 4 months. It may also be used to prevent or slow the progression of anthrax after exposure. Doryx delayed-release capsules are a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of bacteria. Slowing the bacteria's growth allows the body's immune system to destroy the bacteria.