Altavera is a combined oral contraceptive, meaning it contains a combination of two different hormones (an estrogen and a progestin). This prescription birth control pill works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, changing the cervical mucus, and altering the lining of the uterus. Although most people do not experience problems while taking it, side effects can occur and may include headaches and breast tenderness.

What Is Altavera?

Altavera™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (oral contraceptive) that is used to prevent pregnancy. It is a generic version of Nordette®.
(Click Altavera Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, Altavera can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses this contraceptive will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
Some of the most common side effects of Altavera include but are not limited to:
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting (between periods)
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Acne
  • Headaches.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
(Click Altavera Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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