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Ortho Evra Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Ortho Evra
Generic Name: ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin (transdermal) (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 this medication (Ortho Evra)?
- What is the most important information I should know about this medication (Ortho Evra)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking this medication (Ortho Evra)?
- How should I take this medication (Ortho Evra)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Ortho Evra)?
- What happens if I overdose (Ortho Evra)?
- What should I avoid while taking this medication (Ortho Evra)?
- What other drugs will affect this medication (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 medicine 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 this medication (Ortho Evra)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult 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 and 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;
- sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood;
- pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs;
- a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
- nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet;
- a breast lump; or
- symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, tired feeling, mood changes).
Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea (especially when you first start taking this medicine), vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps;
- breast tenderness or swelling, nipple discharge;
- 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; or
- changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive.
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 this medication (Ortho Evra)?
Do not use this medication if you are pregnant or if you have recently had a baby.
You should not use this medication if you have any of the following conditions: uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, a blood-clotting disorder, circulation problems, diabetic problems with your eyes or kidneys, unusual vaginal bleeding, liver disease or liver cancer, severe migraine headaches, if you smoke and are over 35, or if you have ever had breast or uterine cancer, jaundice caused by birth control pills, a heart attack, a stroke, or a blood clot.
Smoking can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack caused by this medication, especially if you 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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