Portia Side Effects

Breast tenderness, breakthrough bleeding, and nausea are potential side effects that may occur with Portia. Side effects, in most cases, can be bothersome but are usually not serious. Some of the more serious side effects of Portia that should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately include sudden vision changes, high blood pressure, heavy vaginal bleeding between periods, and breast lumps.

An Introduction to Portia Side Effects

Portia® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Nordette®. As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Portia; however, not all women who use the contraceptive will experience side effects. 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 easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Portia. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)

Portia Side Effects to Report

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