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User Reviews for Balcoltra

Balcoltra has an average rating of 3.8 out of 10 from a total of 58 ratings on Drugs.com. 25% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 65% reported a negative experience.

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Reviews for Balcoltra

Cat · Taken for 1 to 6 months · June 3, 2020

For Birth Control "Started Balcoltra about 4 months ago. I was so scared with all the bad reviews but my gyno put me on it so I went with it. Other than a little breakthrough bleeding, I haven't had any major side effects. I noticed the cramps during my period lasted a little longer the first couple of months, but now on month 4 I can say that my period is shorter and lighter than what it used to be. No acne, no bloating or weight gain. I'm happy with it!"

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KitKat · Taken for less than 1 month · January 25, 2021

For Birth Control "I was switched to this birth control to help regulate my periods and help with break through bleeding I’ve had with another pill. I haven’t been on this pill for a week and for the first few days I kept telling myself that I need to continue this birth control at least 3 months because maybe my mood will level out. It has not. I have become extremely depressed and unmotivated. I was not struggling with depression before the pill and I was generally in a happy mood. However, I did suffer from depression in my early teen years. I have been on this pill for 5 days and I am already having suicidal thoughts. Because of this, I have decided to quit taking the pills. There is no reason I should have bad thoughts about myself and my body and my existence this much from one pill. It has also made me lose my appetite and I cannot sleep."

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Annoyed300 · Taken for less than 1 month · November 19, 2020

For Birth Control "This birth control Balcoltra sucks. I was off of BC for 2 years because the brand I was on (Orto tri cyclen lo) was discontinued. Pharmacy switched me to Lo Sprintec and that also sucked so I stopped altogether. Anyway, had a pregnancy scare and decided to give BC another chance. My OBGYN said this was a mild, low dose BC and shouldn’t give me any side effects. WRONG. I threw up everyday (Took it before bed) , had constant dizzy spells that rolled over to the next day, and the worst of all were mood swings. Not only did I almost break up with my boyfriend, but I cried and almost put my fist through a wall over a text message. Safe to say that only lasted 5 days before calling it quits. My suggestion? Don’t try it, I get everyone’s bodies work differently— which is why I ignored the reviews and tried it anyway. Boy was I wrong. To put it simply— don’t do it. You’re welcome."

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xobalctra · Taken for 2 to 5 years · July 13, 2022

For Birth Control "This was the best BC I ever have been on! My full face of acne completely cleared up, I didn’t gain weight, my period lightened up, and I stopped throwing up each month! I tried Lo Loestrin and that was the worst 3 months of my life. Thanks Balcoltra!"

10 / 10
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K · January 14, 2021

"Literally the worse birth control on the market. I’ve been off birth control for three years and got back on due to irregular menstrual cycles. Back in 2017 I was on ortho tri cyclen and only experienced minor bloating as a symptom. My gyno gave me this script because of the low hormones but I highly regret it. When I started the first pack I started breaking out like CRAZY! I kept going because I figured my body just might be getting used to the pack. Come week three, I have a full blown period before I even reached the blue pills. Two weeks after that I have developed insomnia, chronic fatigue to a point where I can hardly stay awake during the day, accompanied by nausea and extreme hunger both at the same time. To top it off I’m moody as anything and have been super irritable. Lets not forget the huge mountains forming on my chin and cheeks still. Safe to say I’m switching back to ortho tri cyclen ASAP! Stay away ladies."

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hellsbells · Taken for 1 to 6 months · April 13, 2020

For Birth Control "I’m on my second month of taking this BC. My gyno put me on it to help shrink an ovarian cyst I have that’s close to rupturing. So far I have noticed somewhat of a decrease in cramps. Thank goodness because those cramps were the worst pains I’ve ever felt and I would consider myself a person who has a very high pain tolerance :/ Butttt on the other hand, I have been bleeding/spotting for about 3 1/2 weeks now after I had my full 6 day period, I’ve experienced abnormal mood swings, increased anxiety, worsened depression and insane random crying sprees over the smallest things or just nothing really at all. At this point I think the pain is a better option than how crazy this pill has made me feel"

4 / 10
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BalcoltraUser123 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · June 23, 2020

For Birth Control "I have been on this birth control for about 7 months. I started using Balcoltra after my IUD started to fall out (yeah scary I know). Since starting it I have been tracking my cycles. My period comes within a day of when it has been predicted (either 1 day early or late). I am an overall anxious person, so I don’t see my anxiety being worse bc of this BC. Another plus is that my weight has been maintained, even through quarantine. Overall this form of BC does its jobs and I’ve had no major side effects."

9 / 10
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Sasha · December 21, 2019

"I am a perimenopausal 48-year old women with history of severe PMS and endometriosis. Tried other birth control pills. GYN just started me on Balcoltra three days ago. For three days I woke with a terrible headache - a migraine. Nothing else has changed so can only contribute to the Balcoltra. I can't take this. Stopping after only 3 days. What the heck. Anyone else?"

2 / 10
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Yaz · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 8, 2020

For Birth Control "Horrible. Experienced terrible mood swings and increased depression and anxiety plus cystic acne that I never experienced before this pill. I’ve also been constantly bleeding for the past 4 weeks because of it, wouldn’t recommend at all."

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eg123 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · August 20, 2020

For Birth Control "I was on balcoltra for 9 months. I am only 18 years old and was 17 when I started on this medication in hopes it would help with my acne. I have always had a fast metabolism and never gained a significant amount of weight in my life and have always been able to drop off weight fast. However after taking this I gained about 20 pounds after a few months and tried everything I could to lose it, but never did until I switched to a different birth control. Balcoltra makes you feel bloated 24/7, even when you first wake up in the morning. I also did not notice any change in my acne. I would NOT recommend this to anyone, UNLESS you want to gain weight."

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years · December 2, 2021

For Birth Control "This is my first time ever being in birth control. I’m not sure how other brands work but this brand really works for me. It helped with acne, and lighter and shorter periods, less cramps and everything."

10 / 10
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B · Taken for 1 to 6 months · January 4, 2020

For Birth Control "Balcoltra is the first birth control that I’ve ever been on. The first 2-3 months I had really bad headaches and bad mood swings that would come after taking the pill at night and I was about to call my doctor to switch off of it. The only other side effect symptoms that I’ve noticed is my breasts becoming tender, headaches every now and then, mood swings, and abdominal cramping. Over the months, it’s gotten a lot better and I really can’t complain about Balcoltra. It’s helped my acne and I still sometimes get those other symptoms but it’s not often so it’s bearable. It’s a lot better than I expected it to be."

8 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · February 11, 2022

For Birth Control "DON’T use this! I’m 26. I’ve been on birth control (Ortho tri-cycle) since I turned 20 with no major issues. I switched because of pre disposition for heart conditions and blood clotting disorder, and Balcoltra is supposed to be lower in hormones. Gyno gave me 2 free packs. I don’t have insurance and I quickly realized the pharmacy wanted to charge me $240 A MONTH! I had already started taking them so I figured I’d finish the free packs. Within a maybe the first weeks I had become extremely depressed and unmotivated. I’m usually a happy person and I’ve never had issues with my body. I developed some sort of body dysmorphia. I lost my appetite and often skipped meals and somehow still managed to gain weight and had bloating. I started having severe acne and I think I might be losing my hair too. I didn’t think it was the pill until the second month on it. I’m done with it now, but my recommendation is save yourself the mental strain!"

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · June 12, 2022

For Birth Control "I started having heavier periods about a year ago and they became very painful to the point where I would skip work or class. I was on ibuprofen to control the pain but got an ulcer from that so then I was prescribed Balcoltra. I didn't even make it a week before I felt terrible. I felt tired all the time and all I wanted to do was sleep, but I couldn't sleep. My doctor said to take the pill at night to sleep through the nauseousness, but regardless I would wake up and vomit in the middle of the night. All of the sudden I felt unmotivated, which was hard being in college. The worst part was I became very emotional and would just randomly cry. My brain felt foggy and I knew this was the complete opposite of myself! I stopped after a week because I didn't want the side effects to get any worse."

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g · Taken for 1 to 6 months · October 27, 2020

For Birth Control "I am not even kidding when I say this pill Balcoltra made me bleed for 3 months straight. I’m three days into a new pill and I’m STILL BLEEDING. I was bleeding through ultra tampons in less than two hours. Not to mention it’s insanely expensive. There are better options I promise."

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Elly · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · November 29, 2019

For Birth Control "I have been on balcoltra for around a year and it really is one of the best birth controls I have been on. Previously, I was on Sprintec and it caused me to be very depressed and have mood swings. Being on balcoltra allowed my acne to heal up, and a very short light period. The only downside with this pill is that I find if I take two in one day I get violently sick to my stomach and vomit."

9 / 10
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Charity · Taken for 1 to 6 months · September 18, 2021

For Birth Control "I’ve experienced the worst side effects possible with this drug. Doctors couldn’t tell if I was having a seizure or a migraine so severe it mimicked seizures. The headaches didn’t start until two weeks after I had taken the drug. The headaches completely crippled me and Drs couldn’t tell me why or what was happening. Birth control was ruled out as not causing the problem because it had been two weeks since I’ve taken it. It’s been a solid month in and out of hospitals and seeing new Drs. After my last trip to the ER I stopped taking my birth control and my headaches stopped the follow day, on the second day I realized I had lost my memory of the entire month. Currently I haven’t been off of it for even a week yet and I’ve started my period way to early as I’ve already had my period once this month. I’m terrified and traumatized to the point where I never want to try another birth control pill so long as I live."

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Rachel · Taken for 1 to 6 months · March 27, 2022

For Birth Control "I don't know how I feel about this pill. It has stopped my period in its tracks and helped to get rid of some pain I was having, but I have this new depression that has turned me into a completely different person. It is really like what they say on the commercials, doing things that used to make me so happy, now I'll leave early because I feel blah. I have anxiety, and did have my first anxiety attack in a while about a 1 week into the pill, idk if that is related though. No big changes in weight or diet though."

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JTEE · Taken for 1 to 2 years · December 9, 2019

For Birth Control "Everyone's chemistry is different and what works for one women will not necessarily work for another. This is the third hormonal birth control I've tried and the side effects have been the most manageable on this medication. First, it does what it claims it will do, I've been on it for about a year now and am not pregnant. ;) For me, the side effects have been mild, much milder than other BC's I've tried (Generic patches and LO Loestrin FE). I do experience mood swings (generally irritability, sometimes lethargy) and bloating (which goes away during period week). Acne doesn't seem to be affected, it's slightly better than when I was taking nothing but it does not keep my skin entirely clear. Periods are shorter than normal on this medication and I don't experience cramping any more or less than typical."

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Leah · Taken for 1 to 6 months · August 6, 2019

For Birth Control "I have been on 2 other birth controls which made me nauseous and feel horrible everyday. Balcoltra is the only one that hasn’t made me feel that way. I haven’t had excess weight gain or acne. I feel really normal"

8 / 10
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Marie · June 24, 2020

For Birth Control "I had an absolutely awful experience on this Balcotra pill. I had almost constant cystic acne that abated during the placebo week, but returned immediately upon starting the new pack. Nothing improved the acne, and it actually worsened over time. I also experienced weight gain and moodiness. I haven’t experienced such significant side effects on any other pill, so I really cannot recommend it to anyone."

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Balcoltra · Taken for 1 to 6 months · February 4, 2022

For Birth Control "I’m usually not one to leave bad reviews but I’ve been on 3 different pills and this was the worst experience I have ever had. Cystic acne on my jawline, neck, cheeks, back, and chest. 2 periods every month. Made my suicidal thoughts so much worse. Horrible cramps and super heavy period. MAJOR hair loss and scalp issues (that stopped immediately after I stopped taking it). I took it for 3 months but I should have listened to the reviews before I started taking it. Everyone’s experience is different but I would 100% not risk it."

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Janine · July 22, 2019

For Birth Control "Balcoltra has caused my acne to go from mild to severe in a matter of 6 months. Previously, I was on Yaz for 7 years. My acne on Yaz was mostly mild. It also made me lose weight. But, overtime I started experiencing migraines and increased acne so I talked to my gyno and she switched me to Balcoltra. She explained that my body could have changed and the hormones in Yaz just weren't working the same. Boy do I wish I never made that switch. I have always been the type to say birth control does not make you gain weight, but in 6 months I've put on almost 10 lbs and I really haven't made any changes in my diet. But the worst is the horrendous cystic acne that's now covering my jawline, cheeks, and chin. I tried not to believe that this was the culprit and that it's just because I've been under a lot of stress, but I can't hold out any longer. I'm coming off completely. For now I'm just praying that my acne gets under control."

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O · Taken for less than 1 month · April 29, 2020

For Birth Control "WORST PILL OUT THERE! I have never been on birth control but recently diagnosed with PCOS so this was recommended by my GYN. I was on it for 1 week and had THE worst anxiety ever!! Also, I bloated up so bad it looked like I was pregnant all over again. I had random dizzy spells. After consulting with the doctor I stopped taking it 2 days ago and my chest is still in pain! I would never recommend to anyone who is new to BC!"

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Ro · March 4, 2021

For Birth Control "This was my first birth control I’ve ever taken. I was prescribed this due to abnormal bleeding I had prior and it was suppose to “regulate” my period. It work for about 4 weeks and I started bleeding again and when I tell you I’ve became depressed! I was bleeding for about 4 weeks HEAVY! Heavy blood clots . I went to the Gyno to get switched and they told me this brand is designed to make you bleed compared to other birth control which stops your period ! Overall this is the worst birth control I wouldn’t recommend! I kept cramping it’s just ridiculous."

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