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A prescription product, Kurvelo is a birth control pill that is taken once a day. Although most women do not develop any problems with this medication, side effects are possible. Commonly reported side effects include breast tenderness, nausea, and spotting. This generic version of Nordette works by preventing ovulation, altering the cervical mucus, and changing the uterine lining.

What Is Kurvelo?

Kurvelo® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill that is approved for the prevention of pregnancy. It is a generic version of Nordette®.
 
(Click What Is Kurvelo Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Kurvelo. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience 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 can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
 
Common side effects of Kurvelo include but are not limited to:
 
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting (between periods)
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Acne
  • Headaches.
 
(Click Side Effects of Kurvelo to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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