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Zovia

Last reviewed on RxList: 8/21/2017
Zovia Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 8/21/2017

Zovia (ehtynodiol diacetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets) contains a combination of female hormones and is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. Zovia is available in generic form. Common side effects of Zovia include:

  • nausea (especially when you first start taking Zovia),
  • vomiting,
  • headache,
  • stomach cramping/bloating,
  • dizziness,
  • vaginal discomfort/irritation,
  • vaginal itching,
  • increased vaginal discharge,
  • breast tenderness or swelling/enlargement,
  • nipple discharge,
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin,
  • increased hair growth,
  • loss of scalp hair,
  • changes in weight or appetite,
  • problems with contact lenses, or
  • decreased sex drive.

Acne may improve or get worse. Vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting) or missed/irregular menstrual periods may occur, especially during the first few months of Zovia use. Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Zovia including sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden and severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance; chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling; sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood; pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs; a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches; upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice); swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; a breast lump; or symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes).

The dose of Zovia must be taken exactly as directed and at intervals of 24 hours. Take 1 tablet (light pink or pink) each day at the same time for 21 days. Then take white tablets for 7 days, whether bleeding has stopped or not. After all 28 tablets have been taken, whether bleeding has stopped or not, repeat the same dosage schedule beginning the following day. Zovia may interact with acetaminophen, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), phenylbutazone, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, barbiturate sedatives, HIV or AIDS medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Zovia must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor. If you have just given birth or had a pregnancy loss/abortion after the first 3 months, consult your doctor about birth control, and find out when it is safe to use birth control containing estrogen, such as this medication. This medication passes into breast milk. This may affect milk production and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Zovia (ehtynodiol diacetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Zovia Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using birth control pills and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  • sudden and severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
  • sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood;
  • pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs;
  • a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
  • a breast lump; or
  • symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea (especially when you first start taking this medicine), vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps;
  • breast tenderness or swelling, nipple discharge;
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair;
  • changes in weight or appetite;
  • problems with contact lenses;
  • vaginal itching or discharge; or
  • changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Zovia (Ehtynodiol Diacetate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)

Zovia Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

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

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

  • Mesenteric thrombosis
  • Neuro-ocular lesions (e.g., retinal thrombosis and optic neuritis)

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 during or after use
  • Temporary infertility after discontinuation of use
  • Edema
  • Chloasma or melasma, which may persist
  • Breast changes: tenderness, enlargement, secretion
  • Change in weight (increase or decrease)
  • Change in cervical erosion or 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 or conditions have been reported in users of oral contraceptives and the association has been neither confirmed nor refuted:

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Zovia (Ehtynodiol Diacetate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)

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