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I was switched from Microgynon to Rigividon a month ago. At the time I flagged a concern as I've had problems with depression when I came off Microgynon in the past. I was assured that Rigividon was exactly the same, apparently Microgynon has simply been re-branded!

For the last 2 weeks I have experienced crushing depression. I finally managed to speak to my doctor today, I told her my concerns about the depression and from there the conversation went like this:

She said Rigividon is exactly the same as Microgynon, just re-branded.

I said I know myself pretty well and this was more severe depression than I've ever had.

She said well the trouble is it's very hard to find Microgynon now, I recommended you try the new one for another month and see how you get on.

I said no I'm not willing to risk feeling like that again, I've always been fine on Microgynon.

To which she got stroppy and said fine I'll leave you a prescription for Microgynon and hurried me off the phone.

So it must have been a lie about rebranding Microgynon to Rigividon. Microynon must still exist if she can prescribe it so quickly! And she doesn't seem remotely interested that I have just experienced crushing depression, doesn't want to discuss that further even tho she claims it couldn't possibly have been the pill which caused it!!!!!

Feeling very let down!
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replied January 7th, 2013
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The symptoms that you describe could be attributed to the hormonal content of the hormonal birth control (especially if the hormonal dosage and content are not the same) and usually subside within 2-3 months of regular use. Few hormonal contraceptives are known to aggravate depression, and give you other side effects early like nausea, headache, bloating, weight gain, vaginal discharge changes, etc. The response to the hormonal contraceptives depends on the hormonal content, dosage and the way your body responds to these. If the symptoms are getting worse, not resolving, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance to see if switching to alternate low dosage hormonal contraceptive would help. You may also consider taking second opinion from another gynecologist.
Take care.



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replied January 14th, 2013
Hi i started taking rigividon about 4 months ago and constantly have a dry mouth and ulcers keep coming up
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replied January 14th, 2013
Hi i started taking rigividon about 4 months ago and constantly have a dry mouth and ulcers keep coming up
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replied March 21st, 2013
pill and depression
I used to be on microgynon before i had my daughter i went few weeks ago to go back on the pill i asked for same again and got given rigevidon i asked why and was told its veriualy the same but is cheaper to prescribe.i have suffererd with depression. In the past and have been fine since starting the pill again i do believe that the contraceptive is contributing to my depression.reply to elle 83.
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replied April 12th, 2013
Microgynon and Rigevidon contain the exact same ingredients at the exact same dosage. It is cheaper for health suppliers to give out Rigevidon to patients, and therefore most GPs prefer giving it. Your doctor/nurse sounds terrible and should definitely have explained this to you. However, as a scientist I can tell you this, although the pills contain exactly the same the drugs, other constituents of the pill itself may be different (eg. the sugar on coatings on the pill etc). You could also be experiencing side effects by the way the drugs are made. Different manufacturers will have very slight subtle changes in the way the pills are made, simply put even the cleaning products of the machines they use could have an effect. Theoretically they shouldn't, and I cannot emphasize how rare this is, but if you feel more comfortable on Microgynon then your health supplier should respect the information you have given them and prescribe you it as it is still very much in production. Good luck, and I hope this has slightly reassured you
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replied April 26th, 2013
rigevidon
when I first went to the doctor about 3 years ago I was prescribed microgynon and had few side effects as to be expected when introducing a new hormone to your body, I was on it for 2 years and didnt have any problems. I recently I went to the doctor and was expecting to be put on microgynon but instead I was prescribed rigevidon, my doctor said it was the same just a different manufacturer. Its the fourth day of taking rigevidon and 2 hours after i have taken it I have been vomiting and had abdominal pain, if the contraceptive pills were the same I would have experienced this 3 years ago when I started microgynon
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replied May 9th, 2013
I am so glad I found this - I had been switched from Microgynon to Rigevidon 2 months ago and yes my depression has been exacerbated, extreme loss of sex drive, finding I have to eat next to nothing to keep my weight down and I eat very healthily (low sugar, low carb, homemade & fresh) and general drive for things in life not the same as before on Microgynon.

I am now in a quandry whether to continue taking Rigevidon - was supposed to start new pack 2 days ago but after extensive online reading not sure if I should?
I don't want to mess my body around any more than neccessary by not taking then taking the Pill but I do not wish to be on birth control that makes me feel like this as had come off Implanon for same reasons (very severe side effects)

Think I may just continue with Rigevidon this month and ask friend & partner to keep an eye out for any severe modd swings, etc and will post back here with update.
Definitley preferred Microgynon though & will pester Dr if I have to as not willing to risk my depression taking over and disrupting my life because of the Pill, better to speak up about any concerns no matter what.
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replied June 20th, 2013
Decided to stop taking Rigevidon, have now been pill free for 2 weeks and yes it is a pain with the side effects of coming off birth control but I am not willing to put that in my body again after what it did to me.
I have been reading about the 'generic forms of contraceptive pill' & they can have an effect on you so don't let anyone tell you otherwise, they are cutting costs in and thinking we won't notice the changes & effects it has on our bodies.

If you felt fine before you started a new pill then chances are it's the new pill causing you to feel this way.
Hoping & praying I can get back onto Microgynon or else I will just abstain or use condoms when I do eventually have sex again, my life was fine when I was on Microgynon - never had any problems until they changed it to Rigevidon.
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replied August 13th, 2013
I have just started taking rigevidon, I'm 17 and it's my first time taking anything contraceptive wise, after I take the pill I feel quiet I'll, kind of a bad stomache, I also get headache's I have recently found spots on my left breast before I took this pill, my umuaid i should stop but I don't know, I mean I haven't even finished my first pack yet so maybe it's just my body getting use to the pill but I just don't know I am quite confused. :L
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replied August 13th, 2013
Fortunately i started to research about Rigevidon and found this forum...
I was on Mycrogynon for 3 years and never had any problem until i had to switch to Rigevidon on January. After few weeks i begun to experience nausea and soft state of depression that became anxiety. it wasn't anything too bad so i thought it was just due to the stress of studying and working, although I've never had this sort of problems in my life (I'm 32). After taking the usual break of a couple of months all these symptoms totally disappeared. About a week ago i went to the doctor for a new prescription of Rigevidon and after taking the pill for only 4 days i'm feeling again anxious, a bit depressed and sense of nausea. So today I got to the conclusion that probably my body doesn't really get on well with this pill... and apparently I'm not the only one.
I'm Italian and have lived in UK for few years, I totally thrust the British Health system and I understand the cut policy so I don't mean to say that they purposely cut at the expensive of people health, but i think that this type of things should deserve a more careful observation. And personally i would prefer to pay the pill rather than feeling sick. I asked two doctors about the differences that i noticed in the two leaflets and both doctors told me that it was exactly the same pill... I totally agree with KB409 about the fact that the active ingredients are the same, but what about the rest of the elements? Why is Rigevidon cheaper than Mycrogynon?
I'll definitely try to speak again with my doctor and I hope I'll get his/her attention this time.
Sorry about my English, I hope I made myself clear anyway.
Thanks again for sharing your experiences.
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replied October 10th, 2013
Rigevidon
OMG!!!! I NEVER EVER KNEW that the pill could have such side effects. I have always been taking mycrogynon inbetween my pregnancys and never felt any different infact my skin was clear and id lose weight on it. But after my fourth child they gave merigevidon and i feel scatty snappy randomly crying bleeding half way through then it lasting 3weeks. And then in a conversation with a friend she suggested it might be the pill. And now i believe it could be....
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replied February 25th, 2014
Wouldn't recommend Rigevidon!
I started Microgynon at 16 (now 23) with no issue, after changing to the injection I had some health issues and was told to stop all contraceptive to allow my body to sort itself. I finally decided to start again, the doctor told me she was prescribing me microgynon, I get home and open my prescription to find I've been given something called Rigevidon.... I called the doctors and was told they were the same thing. I started taking the Rigevidon pills (I was frustrated I hadn't even been told I was being given something else considering my concern about starting methods of contraception again) - I had to stop taking Rigevidon after two weeks; every way my body could tell me it hated these hormones it was - I was dizzy and almost fainting at work, I was sick, my skin got really itchy, I was extremely bloated and swollen all over my body, which obviously combined made me miserable. I stopped these rigevidon pills and have called the doctors to try and sort something else out - Found this forum and am more frustrated that this seems to be common practice - switching women to "alternatives" of microgynon which clearly aren't the same - I have asked for a different doctor as explained - couldn't quite believe she hadn't even told me I wasn't actually being given microgynon...
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