Ortho-Cept (21) Oral Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

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If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • water retention
  • breast pain
  • acne
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • abdominal bloating
  • INFREQUENT side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • excessive fat in the blood
  • high blood pressure
  • blood clot in a deep vein of the extremities
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • altered interest in having sexual intercourse
  • throat irritation
  • bronchitis
  • urinary tract infection
  • enlarged breasts
  • abnormally long or heavy periods
  • increased sensitivity of the skin to the sun
  • yellow-brown patches on skin
  • weight gain
  • weight loss
  • vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • abnormal glucose tolerance test results
  • intense abdominal pain
  • RARE side effects

    If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • benign hepatic cell adenoma, a type of liver tumor
  • a breast tumor
  • high amount of triglyceride in the blood
  • hemolytic uremic syndrome, a condition that affects the kidney and the blood
  • a clot in the small veins that carry blood to or from the retina of the eye
  • clouding of the lens of the eye called cataracts
  • sudden blindness and pain upon moving the eye
  • a heart attack
  • a clot in the lung
  • abnormal bleeding in the brain resulting in damage to brain tissue, called a hemorrhagic stroke
  • a stroke
  • obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot
  • a blood clot in an artery
  • a blood clot in a vein of the liver
  • a blood clot
  • inflammation of the large intestine
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • gallstones
  • disease of the gallbladder
  • a blockage of the bile duct that resulting in high bilirubin levels
  • decreased kidney function
  • an ovarian cyst
  • unconsciousness
  • trouble breathing
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • a hypersensitivity reaction to a drug
  • generalized weakness
  • pancreatitis
  • cervical dysplasia, the development of abnormal cells in the cervix
  • a liver tumor
  • liver cell carcinoma
  • focal nodular hyperplasia of liver, a type of liver tumor
  • an acute blockage of the mesenteric vein
  • a clot or thrombosis of the mesenteric artery of the intestines
  • If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • mood changes
  • breastmilk production not associated with childbirth or nursing
  • inflammation or infection of the vagina
  • vaginal dryness
  • pain with menstruation
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • itching
  • hair loss
  • hirsutism, a condition of hair growth on parts of the body normally without hair
  • backache
  • muscle spasm
  • difficulty sleeping
  • low energy
  • a skin rash
  • visible water retention
  • fluid retention in the legs, feet, arms or hands
  • changes in appetite
  • diarrhea
  • pelvic pain
  • nervousness
  • a decrease in how often a woman menstruates
  • discharge of fluid from the cervix
  • anxious feelings
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