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Brevicon (Norethindrone / Ethinyl Estradiol) - Side Effects and Adverse Reactions



An increased risk of the following serious adverse reactions has been associated with the use of oral contraceptives (see WARNINGS section):

  • Thrombophlebitis

  • Arterial thromboembolism

  • Pulmonary embolism

  • Myocardial infarction

  • Cerebral hemorrhage

  • Cerebral thrombosis

  • Hypertension

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Hepatic adenomas, carcinomas or benign liver tumors

There is evidence of an association between the following conditions and the use of oral contraceptives, although additional confirmatory studies are needed:

  • Mesenteric thrombosis

  • Retinal thrombosis

The following adverse reactions have been reported in patients receiving oral contraceptives and are believed to be drug-related:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as abdominal cramps and bloating)

  • Breakthrough bleeding

  • Spotting

  • Change in menstrual flow

  • Amenorrhea

  • Temporary infertility after discontinuation of treatment

  • Edema

  • Melasma which may persist

  • Breast changes: tenderness, enlargement, secretion

  • Change in weight (increase or decrease)

  • Change in cervical erosion and secretion

  • Diminution in lactation when given immediately postpartum

  • Cholestatic jaundice

  • Migraine

  • Rash (allergic)

  • Mental depression

  • Reduced tolerance to carbohydrates

  • Vaginal candidiasis

  • Change in corneal curvature (steepening)

  • Intolerance to contact lenses

The following adverse reactions have been reported in users of oral contraceptives and the association has been neither confirmed nor refuted:

  • Pre-menstrual syndrome

  • Cataracts

  • Changes in appetite

  • Cystitis-like syndrome

  • Headache

  • Nervousness

  • Dizziness

  • Hirsutism

  • Loss of scalp hair

  • Erythema multiforme

  • Erythema nodosum

  • Hemorrhagic eruption

  • Vaginitis

  • Porphyria

  • Impaired renal function

  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome

  • Budd-Chiari syndrome

  • Acne

  • Changes in libido

  • Colitis

Drug label data at the top of this Page last updated: 2006-03-28

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