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Why is Ortho Evra prescribed?

Ortho Evra is prescribed to women for the prevention of pregnancy. It is a combination hormonal contraceptive. A transdermal patch, worn on the skin, releases ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen hormone) and norelgestromin (a progestin hormone) through the skin and into the blood stream.

Ortho Evra is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmacuetical, Inc.

What are the complications associated with using Ortho Evra?

On November 10, 2005, the FDA approved updated labeling for the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch warning that this product exposes women to higher levels of estrogen than previously thought. The new bolded warning stated that women who use Ortho Evra are exposed to about 60% more total estrogen in their blood than if they were taking a typical birth control pill containing 35 micrograms of estrogen. The FDA cautioned that exposure to higher levels of estrogen may put Ortho Evra users at an increased risk for blood clots and other serious side effects. Adverse effects of estrogen use include blood clots in the legs or lungs, heart attack, and stroke.

What should I do if I have experienced serious side effects associated with the use of Ortho Evra?

If you or a loved one have taken Ortho Evra, and you have experienced serious side effects associated with estrogen use, you should contact your doctor immediately. Do not discontinue taking you medication without first consulting with you doctor.

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