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Evra Patch (Ethinylestradiol / Norelgestromin)

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Evra Patch (Ethinylestradiol / Norelgestromin) - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Evra Patch (Ethinylestradiol / Norelgestromin) cause?

Common side effects include:

  • Spotting or bleeding may occur between your periods during the first few months of wearing the patch. However, if this continues after the third month, check with your doctor.
    • Mistakes in using the patches can also cause spotting or light bleeding
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headache or migraine
    • You may take painkillers such as Paracetamol to manage headaches
  • Unable to tolerate contact lenses
  • Weight changes, mood swings
  • Acne, skin itching or skin irritation
Consult your doctor about any symptom that becomes bothersome. 

Using a combined hormonal contraceptive medication increases a woman's risk of developing blood clots compared with a woman not taking any combined hormonal contraceptive medication. The risk of developing a blood clot in a vein is highest during the first year. Other risk factors of developing blood clots include smoking and obesity. However, blood clot formation is rare and the doctor would have evaluated and weighed its benefits over risks before making the recommendation.

Report to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Any unusual sudden cough
  • Severe pain in the chest which may reach the left arm
  • Change in your speech, including slurring of words
  • Change in your senses of hearing, smell or taste
  • Breathlessness or difficulty in breathing
  • Unusual, severe or long lasting headache or worsening of migraine
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Severe pain in your abdomen
  • Severe pain in legs or swelling in either of your legs
  • Weakness or numbness in any part of your body
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following: 
  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Evra Patch (Ethinylestradiol / Norelgestromin) , what precautions must I follow?

Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You have a history of or current medical conditions such as liver problems, stroke, clotting disorders, heart diseases, migraine headaches, epilepsy (fits), diabetes or cancer.
  • You are a smoker. You may be advised to stop smoking when using Evra®.
  • You are going for an MRI scan. You may need to remove the patch during the scan.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Evra Patch (Ethinylestradiol / Norelgestromin) ?

Some medications including antibiotics and antifungals may affect how the medication works or be affected by the medication. Please inform your other healthcare professionals about this medication which you are taking if you are seeing them for other medical conditions.

  • Updated on 5/31/2022 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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