A combination of desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol is in Mercilon tablets, for use as combined oral contraception. Mercilon prevents the release of an egg from the ovaries and makes the womb more difficult to enter for sperm by thickening the cervical mucus.
Desogestrel, ethinyl estradiol, dl-alpha-tocopherol, potato starch, povidone, stearic acid, aerosol and lactose.
How to take
The tablets come in a blister strip of 21 days; one tablet should be taken daily, at the same time, for 21 days, followed by a 7 day pill-free period, before starting the next blister strip.
An increased risk of blood clots is associated with this medicine, and so if signs of this appear patients should contact their GP immediately. Stomach problems, weight gain and headaches may also be effects experienced.
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