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Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Loestrin. 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.
- Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
- Nausea (with or without vomiting)
- Breast tenderness
Drug Interactions With LoestrinLoestrin can interact with several other medications (see Drug Interactions With Loestrin).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Loestrin if you have:
- Yellowing of the eyes or skin during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder disease
- Heart disease
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- A history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver tumors
- Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
- Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding.
- Over 35 years old
- A smoker
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Loestrin and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Loestrin and Breastfeeding).