Aygestin

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Aygestin Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, mood swings, trouble sleeping, weight gain/loss, acne, breast swelling/tenderness, change in sexual interest, unwanted hair growth, or hair loss may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these serious side effects occur: changes in vaginal bleeding (e.g., spotting, breakthrough bleeding, changes in menstrual flow, no menstrual bleeding), change in vaginal discharge, depression, swelling of the hands/feet, frequent/burning/painful urination, yellowing eyes/skin, dark patches on the skin or face (melasma).

This medication may rarely cause very serious (possibly fatal) problems from blood clots (e.g., heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the lungs or legs, blindness). Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following: chest/jaw/left arm pain, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, sudden vision changes (e.g., blurred/double vision, loss of vision, bulging eyes), confusion, sudden severe headache, severe dizziness, fainting, trouble breathing, coughing up blood, pain/redness/swelling/weakness of the arms/legs, calf pain/swelling that is warm to the touch.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
  • malignant neoplasm of the ovary
  • body fluid retention
  • depression
  • migraine
  • retinal thrombosis
  • optic neuritis
  • pulmonary thromboembolism
  • thromboembolic disorder
  • thrombophlebitis
  • dyspepsia
  • constipation
  • hepatitis
  • obstructive hyperbilirubinemia
  • cystitis
  • galactorrhea not associated with childbirth
  • mastalgia
  • vaginitis
  • ovarian cyst
  • vaginal discharge
  • amenorrhea
  • menorrhagia
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • erythema multiforme
  • erythema nodosum
  • pruritus of skin
  • alopecia
  • hirsutism
  • acne vulgaris
  • urticaria
  • chloasma
  • back pain
  • hypertonia
  • myalgia
  • pain in extremities
  • drowsy
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • skin rash
  • edema
  • weight gain
  • weight loss
  • appetite changes
  • headache disorder
  • chest pain
  • nausea
  • abdominal distension
  • hyperglycemia
  • abnormal hepatic function tests
  • nervousness
  • anaphylaxis
  • angioedema
  • hypersensitivity drug reaction
  • irritability
  • pancreatitis
  • erosion of cervix
  • cervical discharge

Drug Interactions

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove norethindrone from your body (such as rifampin, St. John's wort, azole antifungals including itraconazole, certain anti-seizure medicines including carbamazepine/phenobarbital/phenytoin).

This medication can affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this medication.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.