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Reclipsen is an oral contraceptive that is available only by prescription. This birth control pill is a combined oral contraceptive, meaning it contains an estrogen and a progestin, and works primarily by stopping ovulation. It comes in the form of a tablet, and it is important to take it at the same time every day. There is only one standard dose of Reclipsen, regardless of age, weight, or medical conditions.

What Is Reclipsen?

Reclipsen™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive (commonly known as a birth control pill) and is a generic version of Desogen®. There are several other birth control pills that are equivalent to Reclipsen, including:
  • Desogen® (made by Organon USA, Inc.)
  • Emoquette™ (made by Patheon, Inc., for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals)
  • Enskyce™ (made by Lupin Pharmaceuticals) 
  • Ortho-Cept® (made by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.)
  • Apri® (made by Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
  • Solia™ (made by Prasco Laboratories).
(Click What Is Reclipsen Used For? for more information on what Reclipsen is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Reclipsen

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Reclipsen. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Reclipsen include, but are not limited to:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting (between periods)
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches.
(Click Side Effects of Reclipsen to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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