Ortho Evra is a contraceptive (birth control) skin patch containing the female hormones estrogen and progestin. Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, manufactures the Ortho Evra birth control patch and markets it as the “first and only” once-a-week birth control skin patch. Ortho Evra has been on the market since November, 2001, when the FDA first approved it. More than 5 million women have used Ortho Evra to date.

Even though the Ortho Evra birth control patch can effectively prevent pregnancy, Ortho Evra does not protect against HIV or sexually transmitted diseases. Women who are already pregnant should not use Ortho Evra because it can cause birth defects. Additionally, women should not use Ortho Evra if they have experienced any of the following:

How Ortho Evra Works

Ortho Evra works by steadily releasing ethinyl estradiol (an estrogen hormone) and norelgestromin (a progestin hormone) through the skin and into the blood stream for a seven day period. The hormones in the Ortho Evra birth control patch prevent pregnancy by stopping the ovaries from releasing eggs. Ortho Evra also causes cervical mucous and uterine lining changes, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.

While birth control pills contain estrogen levels similar to Ortho Evra, Ortho Evra exposes women to approximately 60% more estrogen than typical birth control pills. This is possible because estrogen from the Ortho Evra patch absorbs directly into the blood stream whereas estrogen from a pill is digested in the stomach before being absorbed into the blood stream. When a birth control pill is digested, about half of the estrogen contained in the pill is lost before making it into the blood stream.

Ortho Evra Severe Side Effects

Because women using the Ortho Evra birth control patch are exposed to much more estrogen than women taking birth control pills, they may be at a greater risk of developing serious side effects. These serious side effects can be life threatening and include:

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If you or a loved one have used Ortho Evra and suffered a severe side effect, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact us today to learn more.

Published November 17, 2011 by