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Lutera is an oral contraceptive that is available only by prescription. This birth control pill is known as a "combined" oral contraceptive because it contains two different types of hormones: estrogen and progestin. Lutera comes in tablet form and is taken once a day. While most women tolerate the drug well, possible side effects include nausea, breast tenderness, and headaches.

What Is Lutera?

Lutera (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive (commonly known as a birth control pill). The drug is a generic version of Alesse®.
(Click What Is Lutera Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Lutera Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Lutera. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most women tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
  • Acne
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches.
(Click Side Effects of Lutera to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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