DROSPIRENONE-ETHINYL ESTRADIOL Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • absence of menstrual periods
  • irregular periods
  • bleeding not related to menstrual period
  • headache

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

  • a blockage of the bile duct that resulting in high bilirubin levels
  • breast pain
  • breast fullness due to milk production
  • abdominal bloating

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a migraine headache
  • high blood pressure

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

  • mood changes
  • altered interest in having sexual intercourse
  • low energy
  • weight gain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • irritability

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • benign hepatic cell adenoma, a type of liver tumor
  • liver cancer
  • excessive fat in the blood
  • high levels of potassium in the blood
  • depression
  • a blockage of blood vessels in the retina of 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 blood clot in the brain
  • a stroke
  • obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot
  • a blood clot in an artery
  • a blood clot
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • disease of the gallbladder
  • erythema multiforme, a type of allergic skin reaction
  • erythema nodosum, a skin condition with red and painful nodules
  • systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • cervical dysplasia, the development of abnormal cells in the cervix

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

  • water retention
  • yellow-brown patches on skin

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