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Side Effects of Zarah

If you are taking Zarah, you may develop side effects such as nausea, yeast infections, breast tenderness, or headaches. However, Zarah is generally well tolerated, and any reactions that do occur tend to be minor. Weight gain does not appear to be a common side effect. If you develop migraines or any other serious problems while taking it, tell your healthcare provider right away.

An Introduction to Zarah Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Zarah™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol); however, not everyone who uses 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 Zarah. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Side Effects of Zarah

There are a number of Zarah side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • High blood potassium (hyperkalemia)
  • 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
 
  • 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
    • Severe headache
 
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
     
    • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain)
 
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Migraines
  • Breast lumps
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding that does not improve within a few months of starting Zarah
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
     
    • Unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 
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