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Nortrel Side Effects

Common Side Effects of Nortrel

Because studies for birth control pills do not usually use a placebo, only vague information is available about Nortrel side effects. In fact, the side effects listed in the prescribing information of Nortrel are actually the possible side effects of all birth control pills in general (not necessarily of Nortrel in particular). Some of the common, bothersome (but not usually dangerous) side effects of birth control pills include, but are not limited to:
  • Breast tenderness and swelling
  • Acne (although birth control pills can also improve acne)
  • Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
  • Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods (especially for the first few cycles)
  • Headaches (although birth control pills can improve headaches in some women)
  • Nausea and vomiting (this can be improved by taking Nortrel with food)
  • Bloating
  • Changes in sex drive (typically a decrease in sex drive).

Nortrel Side Effects to Report

There are a number of side effects with Nortrel that you should report to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
  • 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, and a severe headache
  • Signs of a blood clot in the leg, such as pain in the calf, leg cramps, and leg or foot swelling
  • Signs of a blood clot in the lung, such as shortness of breath, sharp chest pain, or coughing up blood
  • Signs of liver damage, such as yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (jaundice), dark urine, and upper right abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Migraines (or changes in your migraines, if you have had them before)
  • Breast lumps
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding between periods (although light bleeding or spotting is normal)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including an unexplained rash, hives, itching, unexplained swelling, wheezing, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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