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Amethia Side Effects

Common Side Effects

In clinical studies for most medications, one group of people is given the actual medication, while another group receives a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). The side effects in both groups are carefully documented and compared. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group taking the placebo. However, it is not possible to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies.
Because it is difficult to obtain much information about side effects from studies that do not use a placebo, only vague information is available about the potential Amethia side effects. In fact, the side effects listed in the prescribing information for Amethia are actually side effects of all birth control pills in general.
Some of the common side effects of birth control pills include but are not limited to:
  • Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloating
  • Breast tenderness and enlargement
  • Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
  • Headaches
  • Acne
  • Changes in sex drive.
Women are often concerned about weight gain due to birth control pills, but recent research suggests that birth control pills probably do not cause weight gain for most women (see Seasonique and Weight Gain).

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking Amethia or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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