Altavera is a combined oral contraceptive. It contains the synthetic version of two hormones - estrogen and progesterone. Aside from preventing pregnancy, Altavera also offers several benefits such as lighter menstrual bleeding, regular menstrual cycle, less cramps and pain associated with menstruation, and a decreased risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer.
As with all types of medication, Altavera has some minor side effects such as the following:
- nausea and vomiting
- tenderness of the breast
- mood swings
Some patients can tolerate the side effects, while some might experience difficulty dealing with them. Prompt medical attention must be given to those who experience these serious side effects: sudden loss of vision, shortness of breath, leg cramps, hypertension, severe headache, dark urine, upper-right abdominal pain, and breast lumps.
Before taking this pill, the doctor must be informed of the other medications, nonprescription vitamin and herbal supplements that a patient is taking. It is also important to provide a comprehensive information about past and present medical conditions in order to avoid complications and the risk of experiencing serious side effects. Altavera is not recommended for women who have diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, unexplained bleeding, gallstones, depression, and heart disease. Those who had stroke, cancer, blood clots, as well as breastfeeding women are not prescribed with this pill.