Evra patch (Norelgestromin/Ethinyl Estradiol) is a prescription medication used to prevent pregnancy. The contraceptive skin patch 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. Evra patch is a combined hormonal contraceptive absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. The active ingredients in the Evra patch are Norelgestromin and Ethinyl estradiol. Norelgestromin belongs to a class of drugs called progestins. It works by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary or by preventing the fertilization of the egg by sperm. Ethinyl estradiol belongs to a class of drugs called synthetic estrogens. It works by stopping a woman’s egg from fully developing each month to prevent fertilization. Evra patch is only a birth control method. It does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, gonorrhea, or chlamydia.
We currently offer the brand Evra patch from Canada manufactured by Searchlight Pharma in the strength of 200mcg/24hrs – 35mcg/24hrs patches. The generic Norelgestromin/Ethinyl Estradiol is not available.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs or an allergic reaction while using the Evra patch. The most common side effects of Evra patch may include the following:
• Breast tenderness;
• Muscle spasms;
• Painful periods;
• Vaginal yeast infection
Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the severe side effects, including:
• Signs of a blood clot in the legs, like pain, swelling, or redness in one or both legs;
• Signs of a blood clot in the lung like chest pain, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood;
• Signs of depression like weakness, tiredness, mood changes;
• Signs of heart problems like chest pain, nausea, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder;
• Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
These are not all of the side effects of Evra patch. Always contact your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms.
You should not use Evra patch if you are allergic to Norelgestromin, Ethinyl estradiol, or any ingredient in Evra patch. Before you start using this medication, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you:
• Are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed;
• Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant;
• Have a blood clot in a blood vessel of your legs, lungs, or other organs;
• Have cancer of the breast, cervix, womb, or vagina;
• Have had a heart attack or stroke;
• Have or have had migraine with aura;
• Have unexplained vaginal bleeding
Tell your doctor about all your medications, including prescription, OTC, herbal supplements, and vitamins. There may be drug interactions between Evra patch and ombitasvir, dasabuvir, velpatasvir, rifampicin, carbamazepine, etc. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Do not use Evra patch if you are pregnant. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed. The hormones in Evra patch may pass into breast milk and harm a nursing infant. Use Evra patch precisely as prescribed by your doctor. Evra patch is effective only when used correctly. You may start this medicine on the first day of your next period if you have not used a hormonal contraceptive during your previous cycle. If you are switching from an oral contraceptive pill to Evra patch, wait till you get your menstrual period and put on the patch during the first 24 hours of your period. Put on one patch and leave it on for exactly seven days during the first 3 weeks. Do not use a patch for week 4. Change your Evra patch on the same day of each week. If you forget to change your patch, there is a high risk of becoming pregnant. Do not put the patch on red, irritated or cut skin. Press the patch down firmly to make sure the edges stick well. Do not use creams, lotions, powder, or makeup on the skin near a patch you are wearing. This may make the patch become loose. Do not put a new patch on the same skin area as the old patch to prevent irritation. Keep using Evra patch even if you do not have sex often. Normal activities like bathing and exercising should not affect how the patch works. However, check if the patch has not fallen off after doing these activities. Evra patch will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Using a condom is the only way to protect yourself from these diseases. Keep this medicine out of sight and reach of children. Store in the original container to protect from light and moisture.
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