ethinyl estradiol-norelgestromin (generic name)

It skin patch is used as a contraceptive (birth control method)
(ETH in il es tra DYE ole; nor el JES troe min)
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What is this medicine?

ETHINYL ESTRADIOL;NORELGESTROMIN (ETH in il es tra DYE ole; nor el JES troe min) skin patch is used as a contraceptive (birth control method). This medicine combines two types of female hormones, an estrogen and a progestin. This patch is used to prevent ovulation and pregnancy.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have or ever had any of these conditions:
  • abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • blood vessel disease or blood clots
  • breast, cervical, endometrial, ovarian, liver, or uterine cancer
  • diabetes
  • gallbladder disease
  • heart disease or recent heart attack
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • migraine headaches
  • stroke
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • tobacco smoker
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to estrogens, progestins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This patch is applied to the skin. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Apply to clean, dry, healthy skin on the buttock, abdomen, upper outer arm or upper torso, in a place where it will not be rubbed by tight clothing. Do not use lotions or other cosmetics on the site where the patch will go. Press the patch firmly in place for 10 seconds to ensure good contact with the skin. Change the patch every 7 days on the same day of the week for 3 weeks. You will then have a break from the patch for 1 week, after which you will apply a new patch. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine has been used in female children who have started having menstrual periods.

A patient package insert for the product will be given with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

What if I miss a dose?

You will need to replace your patch once a week as directed. If your patch is lost or falls off, contact your health care professional for advice. You may need to use another form of birth control if your patch has been off for more than 1 day.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • acetaminophen
  • antibiotics or medicines for infections, especially rifampin, rifabutin, rifapentine, and griseofulvin, and possibly penicillins or tetracyclines
  • aprepitant
  • ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • atorvastatin
  • barbiturate medicines, such as phenobarbital
  • bosentan
  • carbamazepine
  • caffeine
  • clofibrate
  • cyclosporine
  • dantrolene
  • doxercalciferol
  • felbamate
  • grapefruit juice
  • hydrocortisone
  • medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, such as diazepam or temazepam
  • medicines for diabetes, including pioglitazone
  • modafinil
  • mycophenolate
  • nefazodone
  • oxcarbazepine
  • phenytoin
  • prednisolone
  • ritonavir or other medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
  • rosuvastatin
  • selegiline
  • soy isoflavones supplements
  • St. John's wort
  • tamoxifen or raloxifene
  • theophylline
  • thyroid hormones
  • topiramate
  • warfarin

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Last Updated: December 03, 2009
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