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The oral contraceptive Emoquette is equivalent to several different birth control pills, such as Solia and Ortho-Cept. It works by preventing ovulation and also causes changes in the cervical mucus and endometrium. Although most women have no problems with this medication, side effects are possible, such as breakthrough bleeding and breast tenderness.

What Is Emoquette?

Emoquette™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic prescription oral contraceptive (commonly known as a birth control pill). It is a generic version of Desogen® and Ortho-Cept®. In addition, several other generic birth control pills are equivalent to Emoquette, including:
(Click What Is Emoquette Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

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