DESOGESTREL 75 MICROGRAM FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance: DESOGESTREL

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Regular check-ups
While you are using Desogestrel you should see your doctor regularly
at least twice a year.
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if:
• you have severe pain or swelling in either of your legs, unexplained
pains in the chest, breathlessness, an unusual cough, especially when
you cough up blood (possibly indicating a thrombosis).
• you have a sudden, severe stomach ache or look jaundiced (possibly
indicating liver problems);
• you feel a lump in your breast (possibly indicating breast cancer);
• you have a sudden or severe pain in the lower abdomen or stomach
area (possibly indicating an ectopic pregnancy, this is a pregnancy
outside the womb);
• you are to be immobilised or are to have surgery (consult your doctor
at least four weeks in advance);
• you have unusual, heavy vaginal bleeding;
• you suspect that you are pregnant.

6. Further information
What Desogestrel contains
The active substance is: desogestrel (75 microgram)
The other ingredients are: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone
K30, d-α-tocopherol, soybean oil, silica, colloidal anhydrous, silica,
colloidal hydrated, stearic acid, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol,
titanium dioxide (E 171) (see also "Important information about some of
the ingredients of Desogestrel in section 2).
What Desogestrel looks like and content of the pack
One blister pack of Desogestrel contains 28 white round film-coated
tablets.
Each carton contains 1, 3 or 6 blisters.
Not all pack sizes may be available.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Laboratorios León Farma, S.A.
Pol. Ind. Navatejera., C/ La Vallina s/n,
24008 - Navatejera, León, Spain
Manufacturer
Laboratorios León Farma, S.A.
Pol. Ind. Navatejera., C/ La Vallina s/n,
24008 - Navatejera, León, Spain

Date
21/07/2014
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2. Before you take Desogestrel
Desogestrel like other hormonal contraceptives, does not protect
against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted
disease.
Do not take Desogestrel
• If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Desogestrel.
• If you have a thrombosis. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in
a blood vessel (e.g. of the legs (deep venous thrombosis) or the lungs
(pulmonary embolism)).
• If you have or have had jaundice (yellowing of the skin) or severe liver
disease and your liver function is still not normal.
• If you have or are suspected to have a cancer that is sensitive to
progestogens, such as certain types of breast cancer.
• If you have any unexplained vaginal bleeding.
• If you are allergic to peanut or soya.
Tell your doctor before you start to use Desogestrel if any of these
conditions apply to you. Your doctor may advise you to use a
non-hormonal method of birth control.
Consult your doctor immediately if any of these conditions appear for the
first time while using Desogestrel.
Take special care with Desogestrel
Tell your doctor before you start to use Desogestrel, if
• you have ever had cancer of the breast.
• you have liver cancer, since a possible effect of Desogestrel cannot be
excluded.
• you have ever had a thrombosis.
• you have diabetes.
• you suffer from epilepsy (see section ‘Taking other medicines’).
• you suffer from tuberculosis (see section ‘Taking other medicines’).
• you have high blood pressure.
• you have or have had chloasma (yellowish-brown pigmentation
patches on the skin, particularly of the face); if so avoid too much
exposure to the sun or ultraviolet radiation.
When Desogestrel is used in the presence of any of these conditions, you
may need to be kept under close observation. Your doctor can explain
what to do.
Desogestrel and breast cancer
Regularly check your breasts and contact your doctor as soon as possible
if you feel any lump in your breasts. Breast cancer has been found slightly
more often in women who take the Pill than in women of the same age
who do not take the Pill. If women stop taking the Pill, the risk gradually
decreases, so that 10 years after stopping the risk is the same as for
women who have never taken the Pill. Breast cancer is rare under 40 years
of age but the risk increases as the woman gets older. Therefore, the extra
number of breast cancers diagnosed is higher if the age until which the

5. How to store Desogestrel
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not use Desogestrel after the expiry date which is stated on the carton
after “Do not use after:” or “EXP:”. The Expiry date refers to the last day of
that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.

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1. What Desogestrel is and what it is used for
Desogestrel is used to prevent pregnancy.
Desogestrel contains a small amount of one type of female sex hormone,
the progestogen desogestrel. For this reason Desogestrel is called a
progestogen-only-pill (POP), or a mini-pill.
Contrary to the combined pill, the POP or mini-pill does not contain an
oestrogen hormone next to the progestogen.
Most POPs or minipills work primarily by preventing the sperm cells from
entering the womb but do not always prevent the egg cell from ripening,
which is the primary action of combined pills. Desogestrel is distinct from
other mini-pills in having a dose that in most cases is high enough to
prevent the egg cell from ripening. As a result, Desogestrel provides high
contraceptive efficacy. In contrast to the combined pill, Desogestrel can
be used by women who do not tolerate oestrogens and by women who
are breastfeeding.
A disadvantage is that vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals
during the use of Desogestrel. You also may not have any bleeding at all.

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In this leaflet:
1. What Desogestrel is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Desogestrel
3. How to take Desogestrel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Desogestrel
6. Further information

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Desogestrel can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them. Serious undesirable affects associated with the use
of Desogestrel are described the paragraphs "Breast Cancer" and
"Thrombosis" in section 2 “Before you take Desogestrel” Please read this
section for additional information and consult your doctor at once where
appropriate.
Vaginal bleeding may occur at irregular intervals during the use of
Desogestrel. This may be just slight staining which may not even require a
pad, or heavier bleeding, which looks rather like a scanty period and
requires sanitary protection. You may also not have any bleeding at all.
The irregular bleedings are not a sign that the contraceptive protection of
Desogestrel is decreased. In general, you need not take any action; just
continue to take Desogestrel. If, however, bleeding is heavy or prolonged
consult your doctor.
• Common side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 100) are: mood altered,
decreased sexual drive (libido), headache, nausea, acne, breast pain,
irregular or no menstruation, increased body weight.
• Uncommon side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000) are: infection of
the vagina, difficulties in wearing contact lenses, vomiting, hair loss,
painful menstruation, ovarian cyst, tiredness.
• Rare side effects (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000) are: rash, hives, painful
blue-red skin lumps (erythema nodosum). These are skin conditions.
Apart from these side effects, breast secretion may occur.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

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Read this entire leaflet carefully before you start taking the
medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or your
pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you personally. It is not
suitable for all women, so you should not give it to anyone else as it
may harm them.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects
not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or your pharmacist.

3. How to take Desogestrel
When and how you should take Desogestrel
The Desogestrel pack contains 28 tablets. The days of the week are printed
in the blister and also arrows are printed indicating the order to take the
pills. Each day correspond with one tablet. Every time you start a new
pack of Desogestrel , take a tablet from the top row. Don’t start with just
any tablet. For example if you start on a Wednesday, you must take the
tablet from the top row marked with ‘WED’ (Wednesday). Continue to take
one tablet a day until the pack is empty, always following the direction
indicated by the arrows. By looking at the pill pack you can easily check if
you have already taken a tablet on a particular day. Take your tablet each
day at about the same time.
Swallow the tablet whole, with water. You may have some bleeding during
the use of Desogestrel, but you must continue to take your tablets as
normal. When a pack is empty, you must start with a new pack of
Desogestrel on the next day – thus without interruption and without
waiting for a bleed.
When to start with the first strip Desogestrel
When no hormonal contraceptive has been used in the past month
Wait for your period to begin. On the first day of your period take the first
Desogestrel tablet. You need not take extra contraceptive precautions.
You may also start on days 2-5 of your cycle, but in that case make sure
you also use an additional contraceptive method (barrier method) for the
first 7 days of tablet-taking.
When you change from a combined pill, vaginal ring, or transdermal patch
You can start taking Desogestrel on the day after you take the last tablet
from the present Pill pack, or on the last day of removal of your vaginal
ring or patch (this means no tablet-, ring- or patch-free break). If your
present Pill pack also contains inactive tablets you can start Desogestrel
on the day after taking the last active tablet (if you are not sure which this
is, ask your doctor or pharmacist). If you follow these instructions, you
need not take extra contraceptive precautions.
You can also start at the latest the day following the tablet-, ring-,
patch-free break, or placebo tablet interval, of your present contraceptive.
If you follow these instructions, make sure you use an additional
contraceptive method (barrier method) for the first 7 days of tablet-taking.
When changing from another progestogen-only (mini-pill)
You may stop taking it any day and start taking Desogestrel right away.
You need not take extra contraceptive precautions.
When changing from an injectable or implant or a progestogen-releasing
intrauterine device (IUD)
Start using Desogestrel when your next injection is due or on the day that
your implant or your IUD is removed. You need not take extra
contraceptive precautions.
After having a baby
You can start Desogestrel between 21 and 28 days after the birth of your
baby. If you start later, make sure you use during the first cycle an
additional contraceptive method (barrier method) for the first 7 days of
tablet-taking.
However, if intercourse has already occurred, pregnancy should be
excluded before starting Desogestrel use. Additional information for
breast-feeding women can be found in 'Pregnancy and Breast-feeding' in
section 2. Your doctor can also advise you.
After a miscarriage or a premature termination of pregnancy
Your doctor will advise you.
If you forget to take Desogestrel
If you are less than 12 hours late in taking a tablet, the reliability of
Desogestrel is maintained. Take the missed tablet as soon as you
remember and take the next tablets at the usual times.
If you are more than 12 hours late in taking any tablet, the reliability of
Desogestrel may be reduced. The more consecutive tablets you have
missed, the higher the risk that the contraceptive efficacy is decreased.
Take the last missed tablet as soon as you remember and take the next
tablets at the usual times. Use an additional contraceptive method (barrier
method) too for the next 7 days of tablet-taking. If you missed one or
more tablets in the first week of tablet-intake and had intercourse in the
week before missing the tablets, there is a possibility of becoming
pregnant. Ask your doctor for advice.
If you suffer from gastro-intestinal disturbances (e.g. vomiting,
severe diarrhoea)
Follow the advice for missed tablets in the section above. If you vomit or
use medical charcoal within 3 - 4 hours after taking your Desogestrel
tablet or have severe diarrhoea, the active ingredient may not have been
completely absorbed.
If you take more Desogestrel than you should
There are no mentions of seriously damaging results of taking too many
Desogestrel pills simultaneously. Should you have taken a number of pills
simultaneously, you may suffer from nausea, vomiting or vaginal blood
loss. If you find out that a child has taken multiple pills, contact your
doctor for advice.
If you stop taking Desogestrel
You can stop taking Desogestrel whenever you want. From the day you
stop you are no longer protected against pregnancy.

Desogestrel FCT
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woman continues to take the Pill is higher. How long she takes the Pill is
less important.
In every 10 000 women who take the Pill for up to 5 years but stop taking
it by the age of 20, there would be less than 1 extra case of breast cancer
found up to 10 years after stopping, in addition to the 4 cases normally
diagnosed in this age group. Likewise, in 10 000 women who take the Pill
for up to 5 years but stop taking it by the age of 30, there would be 5 extra
cases in addition to the 44 cases normally diagnosed. In 10 000 women
who take the Pill for up to 5 years but stop taking it by the age of 40, there
would be 20 extra cases in addition to the 160 cases normally diagnosed.
The risk of breast cancer in users progestogen-only pills like Desogestrel is
believed to be similar to that in women who use the Pill, but the evidence
is less conclusive.
Breast cancers found in women who take the Pill, seem less likely to have
spread than breast cancers found in women who do not take the Pill. It is
not known whether the difference in breast cancer risk is caused by the
Pill. It may be that the women were examined more often, so that the
breast cancer is noticed earlier.
Desogestrel and thrombosis
See your doctor immediately, if you notice possible signs of a thrombosis
(see also 'Regular Check-ups') Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot
which may block a blood vessel. A thrombosis sometimes occurs in the
deep veins of the legs (deep venous thrombosis). If this clot breaks away
from the veins where it is formed, it may reach and block the arteries of
the lungs, causing a so-called “pulmonary embolism”. As a result, fatal
situations may occur. Deep venous thrombosis is a rare occurrence. It can
develop whether or not you are taking the Pill. It can also happen if you
become pregnant. The risk is higher in Pill-users than in non-users. The risk
with progestogen-only pills, like Desogestrel, is believed to be lower than
in users of Pills that also contain oestrogens (combined Pills).
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently
taken any other medicines or herbal products, including medicines
obtained without a prescription. Some medicines may stop Desogestrel
from working properly.
These include medicines used for the treatment of epilepsy (e.g.
primidone, phenytoin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, felbamate and
Phenobarbital) or tuberculosis (e.g. rifampicin), HIV infections (e.g.
ritonavir) or other infectious diseases (e.g. griseofulvin), stomach upset
(medical charcoal), depressive moods (the herbal remedy St John's wort).
Your doctor can tell you if you need to take additional contraceptive
precautions and if so, for how long.
Desogestrel may also interfere with how certain medicines work, causing
either an increase in effect (e.g. medicines containing cyclosporine) or a
decrease in effect.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Pregnancy
Do not use Desogestrel if you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
Breast-feeding
Desogestrel may be used while you are breast-feeding. Desogestrel does
not influence the production or the quality of breast milk. However, a small
amount of the active substance of Desogestrel passes over into the milk.
The health of children breast-fed for 7 months whose mothers were using
Desogestrel has been studied up to 2.5 years of age. No effects on the
growth and development of the children were observed.
If you are breast-feeding and want to use Desogestrel, please contact your
doctor.
Driving and using machines
There are no indications of any effect of the use of Desogestrel on
alertness and concentration.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Desogestrel
Desogestrel contains lactose (milk sugar) and soy bean oil.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
If you are allergic to peanut or soya, do not use this medicinal product.
Use in children and adolescents
No clinical data on efficacy and safety are available in children and
adolescents below 18 years

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