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CrazyOldMe
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I'm starting on the pill soon, and I've thought up a few more questions since visiting my doctor. First, how long after taking the first pill do side effects (if any) typically appear? I know to switch brands if they don't sort themselves out after 3 packs, but I'd like to know when to expect them in the first place.

Second, I've heard that some supplements can interfere with hormonal BC, and I take calcium citrate to supplement my diet. Will this be a problem?

Lastly, my doctor wasn't concerned about serious side effects since I'm a non-smoker in good health, but I'd still like to know what some of the symptoms are, so I know what to do, just in case. Which side effects should cause me to seek emergency treatment, if I experience them?

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Hi there,

It's hard to tell when side effects might appear because every body is different and reacts differently to new medications. That being said, I would say that side effects could appear within the first week or so, if they do appear.

Per your second question, a quick Google search didn't give me much information about calcium citrate potentially affecting BC, so your best bet would be to check in with your pharmacist. They would be able to tell you as they have access to databases about drug interactions.

Per your third question, the information insert that comes with your pill packet should list symptoms to watch out for. You can also Google to know more, but some include chest pain, intense leg pain, shortness of breath and severe headache.

Hope this helps!

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