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Orsythia Side Effects

Nausea, spotting between periods, and breast tenderness are among the most common side effects of Orsythia. Although most women have no problems with this birth control pill, serious reactions are possible. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience unexplained wheezing, sudden changes in vision, or shortness of breath -- or anything else that just does not seem right.

An Introduction to Orsythia Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Orsythia™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol); however, not all women who use the contraceptive will experience 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 this drug. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you. Orsythia is equivalent to Alesse®, Aviane®, Falmina™, and Luterabirth control pills. The information in this article also applies to these medications.)
 

Side Effects of Orsythia to Report

Some Orsythia side effects, while occurring infrequently, 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
 
 
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
     
    • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain)
 
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (light bleeding or spotting is normal)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Migraines (or changes in your migraines, if you have had them before)
  • Breast lumps
  • Chest pain or heaviness, which may be signs of a heart attack
  • Sudden loss of vision or vision changes, which can be a sign of a blood clot in the eye
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
     
    • Unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 
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