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  • Oral Contraceptives [hide all summaries]
    The pill can cause many adverse effects. Some of them are merely a nuisance, while others can be life-threatening. The pill can cause headaches, bloating, nausea, irregular bleeding and spotting, breast tenderness, weight gain, or vision changes. Other more serious adverse effects that can occur from a few months to a few years after starting oral contraceptives include high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, liver tumors, depression, and metabolic disorders, such as diabetes. Temporary infertility has been associated with the period of time right after pill use is stopped. But the two most dangerous risks associated with taking birth control pills are blood clots and cancer.

Worst Pills, Best Pills Newsletter Articles

Each profile is a comprehensive review of the safety and effectiveness of this drug. If drug is not a Do Not Use product, information on adverse effects, drug interactions and how to use the medication are included.
  • Drugs That Cause Weight Gain [hide all summaries]
    (December 2017)
    Weight gain is an adverse event associated with many widely used medications and may lead to significant overweight and obesity, especially in susceptible individuals. Find out which drugs have this adverse effect.
  • Drugs That Cause Sun-Related Skin Reactions [hide all summaries]
    (July 2016)
    Summer is a terrific time for healthy outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, biking and swim¬ming. But for an unlucky few, certain medications can lead to adverse skin reactions following exposure to the sun. Find out whether you are at risk and how to protect yourself.
  • Oral Contraceptives Containing Drospirenone - Increased Risk of Blood Clots [hide all summaries]
    (May 2011)
    This article reviews recent studies showing significantly increased risk of blood clots in high-selling contraceptives containing drospirenone, compared to the lower risk of blood clots with older contraceptives containing levonorgestrel. Drospirenone is an ingredient in the contraceptive pills Yaz and Yasmin, which are sold in the U.S.
  • Think Twice About Third-Generation Oral Contraceptives and YASMIN [hide all summaries]
    (December 2009)
    Two large new studies shed light on the increased risks of so-called "third generation" oral contraceptives containing desogestrel as well as oral contraceptives containing drospirenone (such as YASMIN and YAZ) compared to older, "second-generation" oral contraceptives. This study also discusses newly discovered risks associated with YASMIN and YAZ.
  • FDA Issues New Warnings For Muscle Spasm Drug Tizanidine (ZANAFLEX) [hide all summaries]
    (August 2007)
    The muscle spasm drug tizanidine (ZANAFLEX) combined with certain other drugs could cause serious complications such as drowsiness and can dramatically lower blood pressure, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The article lists 20 drugs to avoid if you are using Zanaflex so that you avoid these potentially dangerous interactions.
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