Medications and Drugs
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)?
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 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:
Less serious side effects:
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 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.
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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Women's Health Resources
- Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
- What to Know Before You Get Pregnant
- Birth Control and Insurance FAQ
- Symptoms of a Severe Allergic Reaction
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- Is Your Body Ready for Pregnancy?