Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 11/1/2021
Aurovela Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Aurovela?

Aurovela 1.5/30 (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol tablets) is a combination of female hormones indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception.

What Are Side Effects of Aurovela?

Common side effects of Aurovela 1.5/30 include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • abdominal cramps,
  • bloating,
  • breakthrough bleeding,
  • spotting, changes in menstrual flow,
  • missed menstrual periods,
  • temporary infertility after discontinuation of treatment,
  • fluid retention (edema),
  • skin discoloration which may persist breast changes (tenderness, enlargement, nipple discharge),
  • changes in weight,
  • diminished milk production in lactating women when given immediately postpartum,
  • cholestatic jaundice,
  • migraine,
  • rash (allergic),
  • depression,
  • reduced tolerance to carbohydrates,
  • vaginal yeast infection, and
  • problems with contact lenses

Dosage for Aurovela

Aurovela 1.5/30 provides the patient with a convenient tablet schedule of 3 weeks on -1 week off. To achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness, Aurovela 1.5/30 must be taken exactly as directed and at intervals not exceeding 24 hours.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Aurovela?

Aurovela 1.5/30 may interact with cyclosporine, prednisolone, theophylline, acetaminophen, temazepam, salicylic acid, morphine, and clofibric acid. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Aurovela During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Aurovela 1.5/30 is not recommended for use during pregnancy; it may harm a fetus. Aurovela 1.5/30 passes into breast milk. Nursing mothers are advised not to use oral contraceptives such as Aurovela 1.5/30, but to use other forms of contraception until they have completely weaned their child. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Aurovela 1.5/30 (norethindrone acetate 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.


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Aurovela Consumer Information

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

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance;
  • signs of a blood clot--sudden vision loss, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood, pain or warmth in one or both legs;
  • heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
  • liver problems--loss of appetite, upper stomach pain, tiredness, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • increased blood pressure--severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears;
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
  • a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
  • a breast lump; or
  • symptoms of depression--sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting;
  • breast tenderness;
  • breakthrough bleeding;
  • headache; or
  • problems with contact lenses.

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 Aurovela (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)


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Aurovela Professional Information


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

  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Arterial thromboembolism
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Cerebral thrombosis
  • Hypertension
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hepatic adenomas or benign liver tumors

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

  • Mesenteric thrombosis
  • Retinal thrombosis

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

  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Cataracts
  • Changes in appetite
  • Cystitis-like syndrome
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness
  • Hirsutism
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Erythema multiforme
  • Erythema nodosum
  • Hemorrhagic eruption
  • Vaginitis
  • Porphyria
  • Impaired renal function
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • Acne
  • Changes in libido
  • Colitis

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Aurovela (Norethindrone Acetate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)

© Aurovela Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Aurovela Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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