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Azurette Side Effects

Nausea, spotting between periods, and breast tenderness are among the most common Azurette side effects. Although most women have no problems with this birth control pill, serious reactions are possible. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience unexplained wheezing, sudden changes in vision, or shortness of breath -- or anything else that just does not seem right.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Azurette

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Azurette™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol). However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience problems. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible Azurette side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you. Azurette is a generic version of the brand-name birth control pill Mircette®.)

Azurette Side Effects to Report

Some side effects with Azurette are potentially serious -- even life-threatening -- and should be reported 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
    • Severe headache
  • Signs of liver damage, such as:
    • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
    • Dark urine
    • Upper-right abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Migraines
  • Breast lumps
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (light bleeding or spotting is normal)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
    • 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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