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Side Effects of Heather

Some of the most commonly reported Heather side effects include nausea, breast tenderness, and menstrual changes. In most cases, these reactions improve within the first few months of use. While most side effects do not require medical attention, some are potentially serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider, including difficulty breathing, severe back pain, or depression.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Heather

As with any medicine, Heather® (norethindrone) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
Often, many of the bothersome side effects of Heather improve (or go away completely) within the first few months of use.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Heather. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Heather Side Effects to Report

There are a number of Heather side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • More than 45 days between periods (this may be a sign of pregnancy)
  • Severe lower abdominal pain (stomach pain) or back pain, which may be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy (also known as a "tubal" pregnancy) or an ovarian cyst
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
     
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 
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