Ethinyl estradiol / folic acid / levonorgestrel Side Effects
Applies to ethinyl estradiol / folic acid / levonorgestrel: oral kit
Do not use birth control pills if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
You should not take birth control pills if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, certain heart problems, a history of heart attack or stroke, circulation problems, unusual vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe migraine headaches, or if you have ever had a blood clot, jaundice caused by birth control pills, or cancer of the breast, uterus, or cervix.
Taking birth control pills can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially if you have certain other conditions, or if you are overweight.
Smoking can greatly increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. You should not take birth control pills if you smoke and are over 35 years old.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
signs of a blood clot--chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, coughing up blood, swelling or warmth in one or both legs;
heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes); or
liver problems--nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common side effects may include:
light vaginal bleeding or spotting;
problems with contact lenses;
weight gain; or
acne or other skin changes, increased hair growth.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.