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Ortho Evra Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Ortho Evra
Generic Name: ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Pronunciation: EH thi nil ESS tra DYE ol and nor ell JESS tro min)
- What is ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
- What are the possible side effects of ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
- How should I use ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Ortho Evra)?
- What happens if I overdose (Ortho Evra)?
- What should I avoid while using ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
- What other drugs will affect ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
Ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin contains a combination of female hormones that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
Ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin are used as contraception to prevent pregnancy.
Ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using the patches and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
- sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
- chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
- a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
- upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
- a breast lump; or
- symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes).
Less serious side effects:
- mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps;
- unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
- breast pain, tenderness, or swelling;
- freckles or darkening of facial skin;
- increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair;
- changes in weight or appetite;
- problems with contact lenses;
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive; or
- headache, nervousness, dizziness, tired feeling.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Ortho Evra (norelgestromin, ethinyl estradiol transdermal) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (Ortho Evra)?
Do not use this medication if you have a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems (especially if caused by diabetes), a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe high blood pressure, migraine headaches, a heart valve disorder, or a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills.
Using hormones can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, especially if you smoke and are older than 35.
Many drugs can interact with birth control medication, and some can make it less effective. Tell your doctor about all other medications you are using.
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