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Aviane

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/18/2018
Aviane Side Effects Center

Last reviewed on RxList 12/18/2018

Aviane (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) is a combination of female hormones used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. Aviane is available in generic form. Common side effects of Aviane include:

  • nausea (especially when you first start taking Aviane),
  • vomiting,
  • headache,
  • stomach cramping,
  • bloating,
  • dizziness,
  • vaginal discomfort/irritation/itching,
  • increased vaginal fluids/discharge,
  • breast tenderness/enlargement/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, or
  • decreased sex drive.

Acne may improve or worsen. Vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting) or missed/irregular menstrual periods may occur, especially during the first few months of use of Aviane.

Aviane comes in a pack of 28 tablets. Take one orange active table daily for 21 consecutive days, followed by one light-green inert tablet for 7 consecutive days, according to the prescribed schedule. Aviane may interact with acetaminophen, prednisolone, theophylline, cyclosporine, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, barbiturate sedatives, or HIV or AIDS medications. Tell your doctor all medicines you are taking. Aviane must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor. Aviane passes into breast milk. This may affect milk production and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Aviane (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol) 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.

Aviane 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 birth control pills and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), severe headache, slurred speech, balance problems;
  • signs of a blood clot--sudden vision loss, stabbing chest pain, feeling short of breath, coughing up blood, swelling or redness in an arm or leg;
  • 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, fever, 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;
  • changes 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 (especially when you first start taking this medicine);
  • breast tenderness;
  • breakthrough bleeding;
  • acne, darkening of facial skin;
  • weight gain; 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 Aviane (Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)

Aviane Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

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

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:

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Aviane (Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets)

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

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