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Camrese is an extended-cycle oral contraceptive, which means it gives women more time between menstrual cycles. Women who use this birth control pill will only have four periods each year. Camrese is a generic version of Seasonique. It works by stopping ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the lining of the uterus. Possible side effects include nausea, headaches, and breast tenderness.

What Is Camrese?

Camrese™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is an oral contraceptive (birth control pill). It is an extended-cycle oral contraceptive, which means that it provides more time between menstrual periods. With Camrese, you will get your period once every three months (four times a year). Camrese is a generic version of Seasonique®.
(Click What Is Camrese Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, Camrese may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the contraceptive will experience problems. In fact, most women 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. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Camrese include but are not limited to:
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breast tenderness.
(Click Camrese Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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