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Nausea, headaches, and changes in sex drive are among the side effects that may occur with Gildagia. Reactions to this form of birth control are usually mild and often do not require treatment or are easily treated. There are, however, certain problems that require immediate medical attention, including a severe headache, vision changes, or an unexplained rash.


An Introduction to Side Effects of Gildagia

Gildagia™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. It is a generic version of Ovcon® 35. Just like any medicine, Gildagia can cause side effects. 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 are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Often, many of the bothersome side effects of Gildagia improve or go away completely within the first few months of use.  
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible Gildagia side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Gildagia Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • 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
  • Migraines (or changes in your migraines if you have had them before)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Breast lumps
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
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