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Common Reactions to Zarah

Common Side Effects

Zarah was approved based on clinical trials performed with Yasmin® (the brand-name version of Zarah). Yasmin has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials.
In the studies for most medications, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to those that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine (they take a placebo with no active ingredient). This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
However, it is not possible to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies. Therefore, some of the possible "side effects" of Zarah may not really be true side effects, but there is no way of knowing, because the studies did not use a placebo.
These studies did show that common Yasmin side effects (occurring in more than 1 percent of women) include but are not limited to:
Women are often concerned about weight gain due to birth control pills, but this does not seem to be a common problem with Zarah.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the Zarah side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell whether any particular reaction (such as nausea) is caused by Zarah or other factors.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to Zarah, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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