Ortho Evra Ethinyl Estradiol/Norelgestromin and/or alternatives
Ortho Evra 0.6/6mgMarketed as Evra Transdermal Patch in European Union Manufacturer: Janssen-Cilag Ltd Source Country : United Kingdom
Shipped from : United Kingdom
Ortho Evra 0.6/6mgMarketed as Evra in Canada Manufacturer: Janssen Inc Source Country : Canada
Shipped from : Canada
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Description of Ortho Evra
Ortho Evra is a combination of two female hormones: Estrogen and Progestin. It belongs to the category of hormonal contraceptives, and it available in the form of skin patches. The surface area of a patch is 20 cm² and it contains 6mg Norelgestromin and 0.75mg Ethinyl Estradiol.
Indications & Dosage of Ortho Evra
Your doctor will ask you to buy Ortho Evra in order to prevent pregnancy. It works by preventing ovulation, changing uterine lining and cervical mucus, and making it harder for fertilized eggs to get attached to the uterus. You should remember that this product is used only for preventing pregnancy. It cannot provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV or AIDS. You should use a barrier form of contraception if you have more than one sexual partner.
Apply the first patch on the first Sunday after the beginning of your periods or on the first day of your menstrual periods. You can apply the patch on the outside of your arm, buttocks, upper back or stomach. Place the patch on the skin and press it firmly for 10 seconds. Each patch stays in place for one week, after which it needs to be replaced by a new one. You will have to apply a patch for three weeks, and do not apply any patch during the fourth week. Your menstrual periods will start during this patch-free week.
Do not use Ortho Evra on irritated or broken skin. Also do not place it on an area where the patch may get rubbed due to tight clothing, such as a waistband.
Side Effects & Interactions of Ortho Evra
Since the content of estrogen in the Ortho Evra skin patch is more than that in contraceptive pills, it may increase risks of blood clots and other side effects associated with the drug.
Women using Ortho Evra may commonly experience the following symptoms, especially during the first 2-3 months of starting using the product:
- Stomach cramps, bloating, vomiting, mild nausea
- Unpleasant or unusual taste in the mouth
- Breast pain, swelling or tenderness
- Darkening of facial skin or freckles
- Increased hair growth
- Loss of scalp hair
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Problem wearing contact lenses
- Vaginal discharge or itching
- Decreased sex drive, changes in menstrual periods
- Dizziness, tiredness, nervousness, headache
Some serious side effects associated with Ortho Evra include sudden weakness or numbness, sudden severe headache, problems with speech, vision or balance, confusion, chest pain, changes in severity or pattern of migraine headaches, upper stomach pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, swelling of the feet, ankles or hands, breast lumps or depression. Seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.
Warnings & Precautions of Ortho Evra
This drug is not meant to be used by women weighing more than 90kgs or 198 pounds. Ortho Evra skin patch may not work as effectively for such women. Before using this product, make sure that your doctor knows your weight.
Do not buy Ortho Evra if you have a circulation problem, abnormal vaginal bleeding, severe high blood pressure, uterine or breast cancer, heart valve disorder or if you have a history of blood clots, coronary artery disease or stroke.