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Some women who take Philith may experience side effects like nausea, bloating, and breast tenderness. Many of the reactions to this birth control pill are typically minor and easy to treat. However, notify your healthcare provider if you develop more serious problems, such as sharp chest pain, difficulty breathing, or changes in your vision or speech.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Philith

Just like any medicine, Philith™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the contraceptive will have problems. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well.  
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Philith. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Many of the common side effects of Philith may improve within the first few cycles of use. However, if side effects are quite bothersome or do not improve, do not hesitate to talk with your healthcare provider about other contraceptive options. Many different options are available for women, including other types of birth control pills and various other contraceptives, and no woman should suffer with one that is not right for her.
(Philith is a generic version of Ovcon® 35. The information in this article also applies to Ovcon 35.)

Philith Side Effects to Report

Only vague information is available about the potential side effects of Philith. In fact, the side effects listed in the prescribing information for Philith are actually the side effects of all birth control pills in general.
Some adverse reactions are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of a blood clot in the leg, such as:
    • Pain in the calf
    • Leg cramps
    • Leg or foot swelling
  • Signs of a blood clot in the lung, such as:
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sharp chest pain
    • Coughing up blood
    • Vision or speech changes
    • Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
    • A severe headache
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Upper-right abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Migraines (or changes in your migraines, if you have had them before)
  • Sudden loss of vision or vision changes, which can be a sign of a blood clot in the eye
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (light bleeding or spotting is normal)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Chest pain or heaviness, which may be signs of a heart attack
  • Rapid weight gain or swelling in the hands or feet, which may be a sign of severe fluid retention
  • High cholesterol
  • Breast lumps
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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