Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet is a combined oral contraceptive pill. It works by preventing the release of egg (ovulation) and affecting sperm movement in the womb to prevent its union with the egg. It also changes the lining of the womb and renders it unsuitable for pregnancy.
Your doctor has prescribed Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet to help you prevent pregnancy.
It also results in lighter, less painful and more regular menstrual bleeding.
It may help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
Take your pill at the same time every day to help you remember to take it.
You may experience menstrual irregularities such as spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods or missed periods. Consult your doctor if this persists.
Do not use Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet if you are obese, over 35, smoke, on prolonged bed rest, or have a history of blood clots.
Stop taking this medicine and inform your doctor immediately if you notice unexplained swelling and pain in your limbs, shortness of breath, chest pain, severe headache, or changes in vision. These could be symptoms of a blood clot in a vein.
Stop taking Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet and inform your doctor immediately if you have yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice), severe stomach pain, severe depression, or if you think you could be pregnant.
Taking Ethinyl Estradiol with alcohol can cause minor side effects
Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet is highly unsafe to use during pregnancy. Human and animal studies have shown significant adverse effects on the foetus. Please consult your doctor.
Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggest that the drug could represent a significant risk to the baby. Nonhormonal and progestin-only contraceptives are preferred in breastfeeding women, especially during the first 4 weeks postpartum
Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
There is limited information available on the use of Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
There is limited information available on the use of Duogen-Dros 0.03mg/3mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
Q. Can Duogen-dros be taken by a patient who smokes?
Duogen-dros should not be taken by a person who smokes. Smoking increases the risk of serious side effects like death from heart attack, blood clots or stroke. The risk increases in patients who are obese or over 35 years old and with an increasing number of cigarettes. Inform your doctor if you smoke, before Duogen-dros.
Q. Can Duogen-dros cause bleeding or spotting between the regular menstrual periods?
Yes, Duogen-dros can cause some unexpected bleeding or spotting, especially during the first three months. This bleeding or spotting decrease with time. You may have unexpected bleeding if you are not taking pills regularly. Do not stop taking Duogen-dros because of this. If the spotting continues for more than seven days or if the bleeding is heavy. Consult a healthcare provider.
Q. What if I miss my regular menstrual periods while taking Duogen-dros?
If you miss your regular menstrual periods while taking Duogen-dros, you may be pregnant. Some women may miss periods or have light periods while taking Duogen-dros even when they are not pregnant. Contact your doctor if you think you are pregnant, missed one or two periods. This may happen in case you are not taking Duogen-dros at the same time every day.
Q. Are there any drug interactions associated with the use of Duogen-dros?
Yes, Duogen-dros does show drug interaction with drugs or herbal products that induce certain enzymes (ex, CYP3A4) in our body. These drugs may decrease the effectiveness of Duogen-dros or increase breakthrough bleeding (bleeding between menstrual periods). Inform your doctor about all the medicines that you are taking when you are advised to take Duogen-dros.
Q. Are there any specific contraindications to the use of Duogen-dros?
The use of Duogen-dros is not recommended in patients with known allergy to any of its component or excipients. It is not indicated in patients with a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, migraine headache, liver disease or tumors, uterine bleeding, breast cancer, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (blood clot).
Q. Any special instruction regarding storage and disposal of this medicine?
Keep this medicine in the container or pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it at as mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose off the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children, and other people.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 6th Sep 2018.