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Emoquette Side Effects

Because clinical studies for birth control pills typically don't use a placebo, side effects of Emoquette can only be estimated and may not actually be related to the medication. Commonly expected reactions include nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Potentially serious side effects, such as changes in vision or severe headaches, should be reported to your healthcare provider.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Emoquette

The birth control pill Emoquette™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Desogen® and Ortho-Cept®. As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Emoquette. 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.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible Emoquette side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)

Side Effects of Emoquette to Report

There are a number of Emoquette side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Sudden loss of vision or vision changes, which can be a sign of a blood clot in the eye
  • Signs of a stroke, such as:
    • 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)
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (light bleeding or spotting is normal)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Migraines (or changes in your migraines, if you have had them before)
  • Breast lumps
  • 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
  • Chest pain or heaviness, which may be a sign of a heart attack
  • High cholesterol
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • Unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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