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Kariva, a prescription birth control pill, works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, changing the lining of the uterus, and altering the cervical mucus. This oral contraceptive comes in the form of a tablet that is taken once a day. It is important not to miss Kariva doses, as this increases your risk of pregnancy. Possible side effects of this medication include headaches, nausea, and vomiting.

What Is Kariva?

Kariva® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive (commonly known as a birth control pill). It is also a generic version of Mircette®.
 
(Click What Is Kariva Used For? for more information on what it is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Side Effects of Kariva

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Kariva. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience side effects. 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 can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of Kariva include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting (between periods)
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches.
     
(Click Side Effects of Kariva to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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