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Ortho Evra 21 day
(Norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol)

Formulation : Patches

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No Generic Alternative Available

No generic alternative is available for this drug.

What is Ortho Evra 21 day /Norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol used for?

Ortho Evra is a contraceptive that is used for the prevention of pregnancy. Ortho Evra works by using female hormones (progestin and estrogen) to change the mucus of the cervix in order to make it more difficult for sperm to contact the egg and for an egg to attach to the wall of the uterus.

How should Ortho Evra 21 day /Norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol be stored?

Store Ortho Evra patches in the original packaging until use. Ensure that patches are stored in a safe place that cannot be reached by children and that the area is protected from heat, light and moisture.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Ortho Evra 21 day/Norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol ?

Ortho Evra patches are a form of prescription medicine, and should be taken in the exact fashion outlined in your prescription to effectively work as a contraceptive. If your prescription is unclear, contact your healthcare provider for clarification. Ortho Evra comes in a twenty-one day pack, containing three patches. Your doctor will advise you to either apply the first patch on the first day of your period or the first Sunday after your period starts. You will exchange the patch for a new patch once a week for three weeks and then have a patch-free week. If you do not wear the Ortho Evra patch properly, or it peels off, you will increase your risk of becoming pregnant, and at that point it is extremely important to follow the directions on your prescription regarding the accidental removal of the patch. You can also contact your healthcare provider for more information about the removal of a patch.

When should Ortho Evra 21 day /Norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol not be taken?

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Ortho Evra, do not use this form of birth control. If you have: liver disease or cancer; a hormone related cancer; a history of stroke or circulation problems; blood clotting problems; abnormal vaginal bleeding; high blood pressure; a heart valve disorder; migraine headaches; or a history of jaundice, taking Ortho Evra is not recommended. Women who are pregnant or suspect that they may be pregnant should not take Ortho Evra under any circumstances. Women who are currently breastfeeding should not use Ortho Evra as it passes into breast milk and may have negative effects on a young child.

What precautions should I follow when taking Ortho Evra 21 day /Norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol ?

Before taking Ortho Evra, it's important to tell your doctor if any of the following apply to you: you have or are developing breast cancer; you have kidney disease; you have diabetes; you have a history of depression; you have a history of fibrocystic breast disease; you are taking any other medications; you have seizures or epilepsy; you have gallbladder disease; you have high cholesterol; you are overweight; or if you have heart disease, in order to determine whether it is safe for you to take Ortho Evra.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Ortho Evra 21 day /Norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol ?

Although Ortho Evra is an effective contraception, it does not provide protection for sexually transmitted diseases and infections, such as HIV/AIDS. For protection against these, use latex condoms. Avoid the use or consumption of grapefruit products while using the Ortho Evra patch.

When should Ortho Evra 21 day /Norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol not be taken?

Severe Side Effects: abdominal or stomach pain; severe headaches or migraines; loss of coordination; loss of vision or change in vision; swelling of feet and ankles; slurring of speech; numbness in limbs; vaginal infection; or depression.

Common Side Effects: abdominal cramping; vomiting; acne; unusual tiredness or weakness; dizziness; nausea; unpleasant taste in mouth; freckles or darkening of facial skin; increased hair growth; loss of scalp hair; difficulties with contact lenses; change