Norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol Side Effects

Please note - some side effects for Norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

Side Effects of Norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol - for the Consumer

Norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol:

Breast tenderness; bleeding between menstrual periods; change in vaginal mucus; headache; loss of scalp hair; nausea; nervousness; rash; spotty darkening of the skin (especially on the face); stomach cramps and bloating; vaginal infection; vomiting; weight or appetite change.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); breast lumps; calf or leg pain or swelling; chest pain; coughing of blood; dark urine or light-colored bowel movements; depression; dizziness or fainting; fever; heaviness in the chest; lack of energy or fatigue; loss of appetite; mood change; numbness in arm or leg; partial or complete loss of vision or other vision changes; sleeping problems; slurred speech; stomach pain or tenderness; sudden severe headache; sudden shortness of breath; swelling of the fingers or ankles; weakness on one side of the body; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

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