Norimin’s Side Effects

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Sometimes, Norimin can cause some side effects. This is true of any medicine and they are usually rare. The majority of women do not experience side effects and if they do, they are usually in the first few months of pill use. If you feel like you are being adversely affected by the pill or you experience any of the serious side effects contact your doctor immediately.

You may experience stomach upsets and nausea whilst using the pill. You may also notice changes in your sex drive, mood and weight. Other side effects reported include headaches, depression, high blood pressure, irregular vaginal bleeding or changes in the way in which your body breaks down certain types of food.

If you experience any of the side effects classed as serious side effects, seek medical help as soon as possible because they are indicative of underlying conditions that could lead to a stroke or a heart attack. If you experience chest pain, cough up blood, have difficulty breathing, get pains in the leg, swelling of the limbs, numbness in parts of the body, convulsive fits or a very severe migraine contact your doctor as soon as possible. You should also seek medical attention if you get sudden changes in vision or impairment of speech.

The risks of Norimin

There are a couple of risks associated with Norimin. There is a slight increase in the risk of having a blood clot or breast cancer if you use the pill as compared to women who do not use Norimin. Although rare, the pill can increase these disease risks.

The pill can increase the risk of blood clots. The oestrogen in the pill is a natural coagulant and can cause the blood to clot together more frequently than usual. If this happens in vessels that supply vital organs, the blood clot can block the vessel and cause the blood flow to be cut off. If this happens to the heart or the brain, you will have a heart attack or a stroke. Blood clots are also dangerous if they form in the lower leg veins because they can break off and travel to the lungs where they become lodged in the vessels and cause a pulmonary embolism. The risk of blood clots increases if you use the pill and are immobile, smoke, have heart disease, have high blood pressure or diabetes. The risk also increases with age.

The pill is also linked to breast cancer. Any woman has a risk of breast cancer but using the pill can slightly increase this risk. It is a rare disease under the age of 40 but it does increase significantly with age so if the risk also increases. Your risk will decrease ten years after stopping the pill.  It does not matter how long you take the pill for but rather how old you are when you stop taking it. For instance you have a higher risk of breast cancer if you stop taking it at the age of 40 than if you stop taking it at the age of 30 and so on. Your risk also increases if you have a close family member with the disease or if you are extremely overweight.

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