EVRA® contains two types of sex hormones, a progestogen called Norelgestromin and an estrogen called Ethinylestradiol. It is used to prevent pregnancy.
Spotting or bleeding may occur between your periods during the first 3 months of using EVRA® patch. However, if this continues after the third month, consult your doctor. Other common side effects include:
Consult your doctor about any symptom that becomes bothersome.
Using a combined hormonal contraceptive increases a woman’s risk of developing blood clots compared with a woman not taking any combined hormonal contraceptive. The risk of developing 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:
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are on any other medicines, supplements or herbal products. Other medications such as antibiotics or herbal remedies may reduce the effectiveness of EVRA® patch.
EVRA® patch should be applied once a week for 3 weeks and stop for 1 week. Your menses should begin during the 7-day patch free period. Even if your menses is still ongoing, subsequent pack is to be started after the 7-day patch free period has elapsed.
A barrier method of contraception e.g. condoms, is recommended for the first 7 days the first time you begin using EVRA® patch.
For the first pack of EVRA® patch, apply the first patch on the ____ day of your menses. Wear the patch for 7 days.
The day you apply your first patch will be Day 1.
Your “Patch Change Day” will be on this day of the week every week.
Only wear one patch at a time. Do not cut or tamper the patch.
How to use EVRA patch:
If you forget to change your patch for one to two days (up to 48 hours):
If you forget to change your patch for more than two days (48 hours or more):
If you forget to take off your patch (at Week 4):
If you forget to take off your patch (after Week 4):
Used patches may still contain some active ingredients. To discard the used patch, you should close the label sealing the used patch within and discard, keeping out of reach of children.
If the patch becomes loose, lifts at the edges or falls off,
For less than one day (up to 24 hours)
Put on a new patch immediately, if:
For more than one day (24 hours or more) or if you are unsure of the duration:
Be sure to inform other doctors/dentists about the hormonal contraceptives you are on if you are seeing them for other medical conditions.
If you miss your period, consult your doctor to determine if you are pregnant before continuing to take the next cycle of hormonal contraceptives.
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