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Common Reactions to Falmina

Common Side Effects

In the United States, medications must undergo clinical studies before they are approved for use. In clinical studies for most medications, one group of people receives the actual medication, while another group is given a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients); the people do not know if they are taking the real medication or the placebo. The side effects in both groups are carefully documented and compared. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and whether they are actually related to the medication.
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 fact, the side effects listed in the prescribing information for Falmina are actually associated with all birth control pills in general.
Some of the common bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects of birth control pills include but are not limited to:
  • Breast tenderness and swelling
  • Headaches (although birth control pills can improve headaches in some women)
  • Acne (although birth control pills can also improve acne)
  • Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods (especially for the first few cycles)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
  • Bloating
  • Changes in sex drive (typically a decrease in sex drive).
Women are often concerned about weight gain due to birth control pills, but recent research suggests that birth control pills probably do not cause weight gain for most women (see Alesse and Weight Gain, as Falmina is a generic version of Alesse®).
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