Common Reactions to Amethia Lo
Amethia Lo is a generic version of LoSeasonique®, a medication that has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In the studies for most medications, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and then compared to those that occur in another group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
However, a placebo is not used in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies. Without a direct comparison, the information on potential side effects is less precise, and the reported "side effects" may not even necessarily be caused by the medicine.
In the case of LoSeasonique, the most commonly reported problems included:
- Headaches -- in up to 33 percent of women
- Irregular or heavy uterine bleeding -- up to 13 percent
- Painful menstrual periods -- up to 11 percent
- Nausea and/or vomiting -- up to 11 percent
- Back pain -- up to 8 percent.
Some reactions that were not specifically noted in LoSeasonique, but are common with birth control pills in general, include but are not limited to:
- Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods
- Breast tenderness and enlargement
- Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
- Changes in sex drive.
You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking Amethia Lo or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.