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Generess Fe Side Effects

Nausea, depression, and headaches are some of the common side effects of Generess Fe. Reactions to this contraceptive are typically minor and either do not require treatment or are easily treated. However, you should seek immediate medical attention if you develop more serious problems, such as coughing up blood, chest pain, or dark urine.

An Introduction to Generess Fe Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Generess™ Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the contraceptive will have problems. In fact, most people 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. In many cases, some of the bothersome side effects improve or go away completely within the first few cycles of use.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Generess Fe. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Generess Fe

In clinical studies for most medications, one group of people is given the actual medication, while another group receives a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). The side effects in both groups are carefully documented and compared. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group taking the placebo.
However, it is not possible to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies. Therefore, it can be difficult to know if the reported side effects are true side effects, as there was no placebo used for comparison.
In clinical trials, the most commonly reported Generess Fe side effects included:
  • Nausea and/or vomiting -- in up to 8.8 percent of women
  • Headaches or migraines -- up to 7.5 percent
  • Depression or mood changes -- up to 4.1 percent
  • Painful menstrual cramps -- up to 3.9 percent
  • Acne -- up to 3.2 percent
  • Anxiety -- up to 2.4 percent
  • Breast pain or breast tenderness -- up to 2.4 percent
  • Weight gain -- up to 2.3 percent (see Generess Fe and Weight Gain).
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