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Although not much information is available on the specific side effects of Tri-Legest Fe, side effects of birth control pills in general can include nausea, bloating, and headaches. In most cases, these side effects are minor and easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, you should seek immediate medical care if you develop more serious Tri-Legest Fe side effects, such as migraines or chest pain.
An Introduction to Side Effects of Tri-Legest FeAs with any medicine, Tri-Legest® Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol) can cause side effects. However, not every woman 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. Many of the common side effects of Tri-Legest Fe improve within the first few cycles of use.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Tri-Legest Fe. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Tri-Legest Fe side effects with you. Tri-Legest Fe is a generic version of Estrostep® Fe birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to Estrostep Fe.)
Side Effects of Contraceptives and Clinical StudiesAll prescription medications must be shown to be safe and effective in clinical studies before they are approved in the United States. For most medications, clinical studies involve two different groups; one group of people receives the actual medication, while another group is given a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). Usually, the subjects do not know if they are taking the real medication or the placebo.
During the clinical studies, the side effects in both groups are carefully documented. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and whether they are actual side effects of the medication. However, it is usually unethical to use a placebo in clinical trials for contraceptives, as this would lead to many unintentional pregnancies.