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Women who are considering Marlissa for birth control should discuss whether this form of contraception is safe and appropriate for their particular situation. This may not be the best choice for women who have a history of a blood clot, heart attack, or stroke. Other precautions for safely taking Marlissa include warnings of potential drug interactions and allergic reactions.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Marlissa™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Nordette®. You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Marlissa if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- A heart valve problem
- Had a heart attack or stroke
- Had a blood clot or a clotting disorder
- Chest pain
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice) during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
- High cholesterol
- Gallbladder disease
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver tumors
- Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Smoke cigarettes
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.