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Briellyn Side Effects

Nausea, bloating, and breast tenderness are among the common side effects of birth control pills, such as Briellyn. However, most women are able to use Briellyn without any problems, and any side effects that occur tend to be mild and easy to treat. If you develop any serious reactions while taking Briellyn, such as vision changes or rapid weight gain, notify your healthcare provider immediately.

An Introduction to Briellyn Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Briellyn™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) can cause side effects. However, not every woman who uses it 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. Many of the common side effects of Briellyn may improve within the first few cycles of use.
 
(Briellyn is a generic version of Ovcon® 35. The information in this article also applies to Ovcon 35.)
 

Side Effects of Briellyn to Report

Only vague information is available about Briellyn side effects. In fact, the possible side effects listed in the prescribing information are actually the side effects of all birth control pills in general, not necessarily of Briellyn in particular. There are a number of problems with Briellyn that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
 
    • Vision or speech changes
    • Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
    • Severe headache
 
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
 
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain)
 
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Migraines (or changes in your migraines, if you have had them before)
  • Signs of a blood clot in the leg, such as:
 
    • Pain in the calf
    • Leg cramps
    • Leg or foot swelling
 
  • Signs of a blood clot in the lung, such as:
 
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sharp chest pain
    • Coughing up blood
 
  • Sudden loss of vision or vision changes, which can be a sign of a blood clot in the eye
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (light bleeding or spotting is normal)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Chest pain or heaviness, which may be signs of a heart attack
  • Rapid weight gain or swelling in the hands or feet, which may be a sign of severe fluid retention
  • High cholesterol
  • Breast lumps
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • Unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 
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