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Velivet is a drug that is used to prevent pregnancy. It is available only by prescription, comes in tablet form, and is taken once a day. Velivet is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it contains two different types of hormones -- an estrogen and a progestin. While most women tolerate the drug well, side effects can include bloating, nausea, and breast tenderness.

What Is Velivet?

Velivet™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (technically known as an oral contraceptive). It is a generic version of the birth control pill Cyclessa®.
(Click What Is Velivet Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Velivet

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Velivet. 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 Velivet include but are not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Breast tenderness.
(Click Velivet Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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