More Details on Cyclafem
Just like any medicine, Cyclafem can cause side effects. 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 birth control pills include but are not limited to:
- Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
- Nausea (with or without vomiting)
- Breast tenderness
(Click Cyclafem Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsCyclafem can react with several other medications (see Drug Interactions With Cyclafem).
Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Cyclafem if you have:
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Cancer (or if you have a history of cancer)
- Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
- Heart disease
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- A history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder disease
- Any allergies, including to dyes, foods, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are over 35 years old
- Smoke cigarettes
- Have an upcoming surgery
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Ortho-Novum and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Ortho-Novum and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Cyclafem to learn more, including information on who should not take this contraceptive.)