Amethia Side Effects

If you are taking Amethia, you may experience side effects like nausea, bloating, and headaches. Reactions to this and other oral birth control pills are typically minor and easy to treat. However, make sure to seek medical attention if you develop more serious side effects, such as shortness of breath, vision or speech changes, or dark urine.

An Introduction to Amethia Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Amethia™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the contraceptive will have problems. In fact, 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 possible side effects with Amethia. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Side Effects of Amethia to Report

Some side effects of Amethia are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These 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
  • Chest pain or heaviness, which may be signs of a heart attack
  • Sudden loss of vision or vision changes, which can be a sign of a blood clot in the eye
  • Signs of a stroke, such as:
    • Vision or speech changes
    • Weakness or numbness in an arm or leg
    • A 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
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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