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    (Original post by -Emmz-)
    I know, I was just trying to tell the OP in a subtle way to not assume the pharmacist had made an error and she wasn't talking about actually getting a different brand being a mistake but rather whether the pharmacist should have have counselled her about swapping pills (which technically hasn't happened cause they're the same pharmacologically, but we shouldn't assume that somebody with no pharmacy/medical training would know this - to the patient it just looks like a new pill).
    Ah i'm sorry, I completely misread what you'd wrote....I just re-read. Ignore me!

    I actually hate all these generics/cheaper brands coming in. Microgynon is cheap enough as it is! And I can actually believe that patients experience side effects that they don't experience from microgynon. The drugs are the same yeah, but the quality of the drugs are not..

    It's like value paracetamol and panadol. The quality of paracetamol in panadol is much higher.
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    I'm glad you've said that because I've wondered if I've just been paranoid about things before. I've been telling myself that certain things can't be down to changing my pill because they're still the same ingredients etc, but maybe that's not true after all!
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    I'm so glad I found this thread! I am absolutely fuming. After trying to get an appointment with my doctor for weeks (and many failed attempts at family planning clinics) I finally thought today I would get my prescription for Microgynon 30, the same pill i've been taking for 5 years. I go to the pharmacy to collect them and i'm given Rigevidon. I told him this isn't what I usually get, and I specified to my doctor that i've been taking microgynon, but because this isn't written on the prescription (just the ingrediants) they can't legally give it to me. So I refused to take it, and after reading your comments i'm glad. Why should we have to start taking something new just because they decide to switch us? So now i'm back to the familiar battle of trying to get an appointment at my doctors in London. The treatment you get down south is not good at all, I never had any trouble when I was living in Leeds.
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    Anyone switched from Ovranette to Rigevidon?

    Ovranette wasn't making my (heavy) periods any lighter so the doctor decided to put me on Rigevidon. Has anyone had any issues with this switch? Thanks
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    (Original post by -Emmz-)
    You could always go back to the pharmacist instead of assuming he/she made a mistake by not telling you.
    Both Microgynon 30 and Rigevidon contain ethinylestradiol 30 micrograms and levonorgestrel 150 micrograms so it's not new active ingredients, just a new brand. You're not switching hormones (which is when you usually have to run straight onto the new pill), the bits that actually make the pill work are exactly the same in exactly the same dosage
    I've been swapped from Microgynon to Rigevidon too, i'm due my 7 day gap starting tomorrow (last of my Micrognon packet). Should i have the gap or not?
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    Personally I've always done the gap anyway seeing as the pills are supposed to have exactly the same levels of hormones etc in. Think it says not to have a gap if you're changing pills, but figured as the Dr told me they're meant to be the same I'd be ok.
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    I've just started taking Rigevidon. How is everyone finding it?
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    So I've been on Rigevidon for about a month and a half, and for the past month and a half I've been feeling tired a lot and I have hardly any energy. I'll sleep for about 10-12 hours, drag myself out of bed and get into the day, but then after about 8-12 hours (depending on how much sleep I got the night before) I'm absolutely exhausted and ready to go back to sleep. I've seen the doctor and he took a few blood tests and said there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with me.

    Has anything like this happened to anyone else??
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    Have you tried any other pills? If you think all these symptoms are to do with your pill ask to change to a different pill. Every pill effects people differently and sometimes it may take trying a few different pills to find one you like but there are many different types.

    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by lilac_glitter)
    Have you tried any other pills? If you think all these symptoms are to do with your pill ask to change to a different pill. Every pill effects people differently and sometimes it may take trying a few different pills to find one you like but there are many different types.

    Hope this helps
    Yeah I used to be on Ovranette, but the doctors put me on Rigevidon because I had heavy periods and Ovranette didn't make them any lighter. I'd be hesitant about switching back because Rigevidon has made my periods nice and light, but if it is indeed Rigevidon that is causing me to be so tired then I might not have a choice!

    Thanks for your help
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    I'm a pharmacy student. The Rigevidon is EXACTLY the same as Microgynon active ingredients wise, it's only the excipients which are slightly different. There is no need to miss your 7 day break when switching from microgynon to rigevidon; this is why no doctor or pharmacist has recommended it.
    If you are experiencing any side effects which you believe are being caused by your pill, whether you have recently changed it or not, talk to your doctor about swapping to something different.
    Rigevidon works in the exact same way as Microgynon so don't worry about your periods stopping, changing in length or being heavier. If they are, again, talk to your doctor; you may be experiencing side effects due to a lack of tolerance for one of the excipients.

    I hope that helps, Elise
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    Posted a while back about how I suspected that Rigevidon might be making me tired all the time. It got to the point where I was sleeping up to 18 hours per day. Ended up sleeping through most of Christmas day. As soon as I started the 7 day break I began to feel MUCH better. By the end of he break I was back to normal. Switched back to Ovranette and now everything is fine.

    The most worrying thing was that the doctor at uni switched me onto Rigevidon but when I spoke to the doctor at home about going back to Ovranette she hadn't heard of Rigevidon... :s
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Posted a while back about how I suspected that Rigevidon might be making me tired all the time. It got to the point where I was sleeping up to 18 hours per day. Ended up sleeping through most of Christmas day. As soon as I started the 7 day break I began to feel MUCH better. By the end of he break I was back to normal. Switched back to Ovranette and now everything is fine.

    The most worrying thing was that the doctor at uni switched me onto Rigevidon but when I spoke to the doctor at home about going back to Ovranette she hadn't heard of Rigevidon... :s
    Surprisingly, this happens a lot! Gps don't keep up with all the products on the market; more than once I've asked for a specific drug and they've needed to look it up to know what it was. Gps are rarely specialists, it's always worth getting a second opinion if you're worried about something you've been prescribed or recommended.
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    I've been on microgynon for about 3 years now and never had an problems with it, i came to uni in september and ran out in november so had to get the pill from the campus nurse everything was fine untill she gave me rigevidon i asked her what it was and she said its the same as microgynon ect ect ect i wasn't convinced at all but i took it anyway and noticed that it definatley wasn't the same. when i went back home to wales for the christmas break i went to see my doctor who instantly looked at me as if i was crazy when i told her what had happened, she had no idea what rigevidon was and changed me back to microgynon. I'm not sure if it's just england doing some crazy swap but i can still get microgynon in wales. it all seems a bit wierd to me.
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    (Original post by Jennifwr)
    I've been on microgynon for about 3 years now and never had an problems with it, i came to uni in september and ran out in november so had to get the pill from the campus nurse everything was fine untill she gave me rigevidon i asked her what it was and she said its the same as microgynon ect ect ect i wasn't convinced at all but i took it anyway and noticed that it definatley wasn't the same. when i went back home to wales for the christmas break i went to see my doctor who instantly looked at me as if i was crazy when i told her what had happened, she had no idea what rigevidon was and changed me back to microgynon. I'm not sure if it's just england doing some crazy swap but i can still get microgynon in wales. it all seems a bit wierd to me.
    Yeah every doctor seems to have a different opinion on it! The doctor who switched me onto Rigevidon told me it was different to Ovranette, when it made me feel tired the doctor who switched me away from Rigevidon hadn't heard of it, and the doctor who gave me a repeat prescription of Ovranette told me not to be silly, there's no way Rigevidon could have made me sleep so excessively because it's exactly the same as Ovranette.

    NHS, sort yourself out...
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    Hmm I just got put on this yesterday after about 7 years of microgynon...I'll try it out see if there's any difference. To the poster who mentioned Wales, I was only switched in Scotland yesterday so maybe it's taken longer to be phased in in Scotland Wales N.I?! Also, my dr in Edinburgh said she won't be prescribing microgynon any more...my guess is its all down to more pressure on gps to meet spending targets.
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    Hi everyone,

    I just got changed from Rigevidon to Microgynon - thought they were exactly the same dosage! havent had any too awful side effects apart from extreme PMS but i got that anyway pill or no pill, think its hereditary

    Though didnt think there was any need to miss the pill break between new and old pill - thanks for clarifying this!!
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    Hey guys,

    In March I was swapped from microgynon to rigevidon, and after I started taking this new pill I started getting itchy thighs, then all over my legs and now all over itching but my legs are still the worse.

    I know its not dry skin, and i've changed all my bedding after doing a scabies treatment (twice one week apart to be extra careful) because I was paranoid it could have been that! But i was not convinced that it was scabies as during the time I started itching in march, I was quite isolated (depressed in my room for a month due to circumstances) and I had not has sexual intercourse or shared intimate space with anyone (you cannot catch scabies unless you have body contact with another person and something like a handshake is not long enough to transfer the mites)

    I've come across a few threads on other forums saying that they got itchy skin as a result as an allergic reaction to the pill they're taking and it's a case of too much oestrogen in the body (sometimes pregnant women get itchy skin from that too). I read that if the liver cant process the oestrogen it can cause itchy skin. I had a blood test two months ago and one of the things that came up on my test was that my liver function was a little underactive.

    Am I crazy or could the change to rigevidon be causing the itchy skin ? i'm worried that if I go to the clinic they'll tell me my pill has nothing to do with itchy skin as aparently they're both the same. Has anyone heard of anything like this before ? and who would you recommend seeing, a doctor or a nurse at the gum clinic ? or do you think I should stop taking the pills and see if my condition improves before going to talk to a nurse about rigevidon.

    Oh and another thing is that I skip my 7 day break quite alot and just keep taking the pills...could this be making things worse ?
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    Doctors did the same thing to me but I assumed there would be no problems as the doctor said it was the same. I used to run two packs of microgynon together sometimes and then have my break. Just ran two packs of rigevidon together and have spotted really badly throughout the duration of my second pack. Anyone else had this?
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    Been on Microgynon 30 for 10 years, have two beautiful kids and never experience any problem. As usual went to pick my prescription and was handed RIGEVIDON was told "its works same as Microgynon JUST different manufacture" was very reluctant about it. Been on RIGEVIDON about 1yr now, am having very painful periods, am moody, my bowel wont movement after day 3 of my periods and am in agony, I mean something is not right here, been to the Gp twice and all I hear is "eat fibre and drink plenty before your period" but is not working.......... suprisingly I picked MICROGYNON 30 today after requesting online presription. Am not sure how I was put on RIGEVIDON in the first place?? As far as I know MICROGYNON is till available, for some reason why doctors won't presribe the pill.................
 
 
 
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