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Ocella Dangers

In most cases, the birth control pill Ocella™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a safe and effective method of contraception. However, Ocella can occasionally cause dangerous side effects, such as:
  • High blood potassium (hyperkalemia)
  • Blood clots
  • Liver damage
  • Chest pain or heaviness, which may be signs of a heart attack.
It's important to note that hormonal contraceptives such as Ocella may make depression and gallbladder disease worse. This medicine has also been known to increase blood sugar, particularly in women with diabetes, in which case, you may need to be monitored more closely.
Before starting Ocella, let your healthcare provider know if you have high blood pressure, adrenal insufficiency, or any allergies. It is especially dangerous to take Ocella if you have heart disease, a blood clotting disorder, or liver tumors (in fact, if you have any of these conditions, you should avoid it entirely).
(To learn more about the dangers of this oral contraceptive, click Ocella Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings With Ocella. These articles tell you what you need to know in order to ensure your safety and explain how often side effects typically occur.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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