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Altavera Side Effects

While most women do not experience any problems with Altavera, negative reactions are possible. Some of the bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects of Altavera include bloating, nausea, and breast tenderness. In most cases, these problems are minor and easy to treat. However, you should seek immediate medical care if you experience more serious reactions, such as chest pain or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Altavera

Just like any medicine, Altavera™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will have problems. Most people 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 potential side effects with Altavera. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Altavera Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of Altavera should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These potential reactions include but are not limited to:
  • 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
  • Sudden loss of vision or vision changes, which can be a sign of a blood clot in the eye
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (light bleeding or spotting is normal)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • 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:
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Upper-right abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Chest pain or heaviness, which may be signs of a heart attack
  • Rapid weight gain or swelling in the hands or feet, which may be a sign of severe fluid retention
  • High cholesterol
  • Migraines (or changes in your migraines, if you have had them before)
  • Breast lumps
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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