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Common Reactions to Ortho-Cyclen

Common Side Effects of Ortho-Cyclen

Since it is difficult to obtain much information about side effects from studies that do not use a placebo (since it is difficult to know if any particular problem is actually a side effect of the medication), only vague information is available about Ortho-Cyclen side effects. In fact, the side effects listed in the prescribing information for Ortho-Cyclen are actually side effects of all birth control pills in general (not necessarily of Ortho-Cyclen in particular). Some of the common bothersome (but usually not dangerous) side effects of birth control pills include:
  • Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
  • Bloating
  • Headaches (although birth control pills can improve headaches in some women)
  • Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods (especially for the first few cycles)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast tenderness other breast changes (such as swelling)
  • Changes in sex drive (often a decrease, rather than an increase).

Ortho-Cyclen Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects with Ortho-Cyclen that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • 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 a stroke, such as vision or speech changes, weakness or numbness in an arm or leg, and a severe headache
  • Signs of liver damage, such as yellow eyes or skin (jaundice), dark urine, and upper right abdominal pain
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Migraines (or changes in your migraines, if you have had them before)
  • Breast lumps
  • Signs of a blood clot in the leg, such as pain in the calf, leg cramps, and leg or foot swelling
  • Signs of a blood clot in the lung, such as shortness of breath, sharp chest pain, or coughing up blood
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (light bleeding or spotting is normal)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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