The hormonal changes in your body from taking Lizinna can lead to side effects in some women, especially in the first 3 months of taking it. If these side effects are serious, impact your life or don’t go away after 3 months, you should talk to your GP or message a doctor through your patient account on Superdrug Online. They may recommend that you stop taking Lizinna and try another type of contraceptive pill.
Many women take Lizinna without any side effects at all. In very rare cases, it can have a severe side effect: blood clots. Signs of a blood clot include but are not limited to:
- sharp chest pain
- unexplained swelling or tenderness in one or both legs
- sudden loss of vision
- coughing up blood
- shortness of breath
The Patient Information Leaflet lists how to identify a potential blood clot. If you develop the symptoms of a blood clot, you should stop taking Lizinna and contact your doctor immediately.
Very Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 patients):
- feeling sick or stomach pain
- bleeding and spotting between periods
- heavy or unusual periods
Common side effects (affects more than 1 in 100 patients):
- migraine (see a doctor if it is your first or is particularly severe. This type of pill may not be suitable for you if you have migraines)
- swollen hands, ankles or feet
- low mood and mood changes
- difficulty sleeping
- feeling nervous or dizzy and weak
- being sick or having diarrhoea or constipation
- rash or hives
- muscles spasms
- painful breasts
- vaginal infections or discharge
- weight gain
Uncommon side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 100 patients):
- larger breasts or fluid produced from nipples
- vaginal dryness
- abnormal cells in the cervix (identified by a smear test)
- feeling nervous or weak
- heart palpitations
- changes in skin colour or rashes/itchiness
- changes in appetite and weight loss or gain
- unusual hair growth or thinning
- hot flushes or muscle pain
- changes to sex drive
- dry eyes or changes in vision
- ovarian cysts
Rare side effects (affects fewer than 1 in 1000 women):
- reduced sex drive
- faster heartbeat
- increased sweating
- light sensitivity
The following questions are frequently discussed by women taking the combined pill:
Does Lizinna increase your risk of blood clots? Lizinna can increase your risk of developing a blood clot compared with not using one. However, the risk is low (between 5-7 out of 10,000 women in a year), and it decreases after your first year of taking it for the first time and returns to normal within a few weeks of stopping taking Lizinna. You should discuss your situation and familial medical history with the GP as part of the prescription process to ensure that taking Lizinna is suitable for you.
Does Lizinna make your breasts grow? Lizinna changes the hormones in your body, which can, in some cases, have a temporary impact on the size of your breasts.
Does Lizinna help acne? The combination of hormones in the combined oral contraceptive pill has been found to help acne by reducing sebum production. This oily substance is secreted onto your skin and can cause outbreaks.
Can Lizinna make you depressed or cause mood swings? Changes in mood and low mood are often linked with taking an oral contraceptive pill, but research has not been able to either prove or disprove this link.
Can Lizinna cause changes to your weight? Women often report that the contraceptive pill has impacted their weight, but there is no scientific evidence to support or disprove this
Does Lizinna stop periods? No, Lizinna is a monophasic 21-day pill which means you take it for 21 days and then have a 7-day break during which you bleed.
Can Lizinna help with painful and heavy periods? Yes, Lizinna regulates the hormones in your body, which can help with painful and heavy periods.
Can Lizinna give you low libido? The oestrogen in Lizinna regulates the testosterone in your body and can, for some women, reduce spikes that previously generated periods of having a high sex drive. If you are worried that taking Lizinna has impacted your sex drive speak to your GP, who may suggest alternatives for you.
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