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|Brand Name:||Ortho Evra|
|Generic:||Norelgestromin, Ethinyl Estradiol|
|This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:|
|This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:|
Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.
|This drug is available in the following forms:|
Transdermal Film, Extended Release
|View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:|
About Ortho Evra
Ortho Evra is a contraceptive (birth control) skin patch used to prevent pregnancy. It is called a combination hormonal contraceptive because it contains two hormones, estrogen and progestin. It does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Precautions for Ortho Evra
For the majority of women, Ortho Evra can be used safely. But some women are at high risk of developing certain serious diseases that can be life threatening or may cause temporary or permanent disability or death. The risks associated with using Ortho Evra increase significantly if you:
- have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol
- have or have had clotting disorders, heart attack, stroke, chest pain (angina pectoris), and cancer of the breast or reproductive organs, jaundice, or malignant or benign liver tumors
Ortho Evra may be less effective in preventing pregnancy in women weighing more than 198 pounds.
Side Effects of Ortho Evra
Some common side effects with combination hormonal contraceptives like Ortho Evra are:
- breast tenderness and enlargement
- menstrual changes
- abdominal cramps and bloating
- vaginal discharge
Ortho Evra may also cause skin irritation at the application site.
Who Should Not Take Ortho Evra
Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels from the use of hormonal birth control methods. This risk increases with age and with heavy smoking (15 or more cigarettes per day) and is quite marked in women over 35 years of age. Women who use hormonal birth control methods should not smoke.
Ortho Evra should not be used by women who have a history of:
- heart attack or stroke
- blood clots in the legs, lungs (pulmonary embolism), or eyes
- blood clots in the deep veins of the legs
- chest pain
- known or suspected breast cancer or cancer of the lining of the uterus, cervix or vagina
- current unexplained vaginal bleeding
- yellowing of the whites of the eyes or of the skin (jaundice) during pregnancy or during previous use of hormonal contraceptives
- liver tumor (benign or cancerous)
- current or suspected pregnancy
- severe high blood pressure
- diabetes with complications of the kidneys, eyes, nerves, or blood vessels
- an allergy to Ortho Evra or to any of its ingredients
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