Medications and Drugs
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)?
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:
Less serious side effects may include:
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.
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.
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.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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