Ortho Evra birth control patch increases the risk of blood clots, strokes, and deaths as compared to other oral forms of birth control especially in young healthy women and older women who smoke.
Birth control contraceptives prescribed to young healthy women should have the lowest possible risk of serious adverse drug reactions. There is no evidence that the birth control patch is a better contraceptive compared to older and safer second-generation birth control pills. Widely advertised, Ortho Evra is marketed to appear more convenient than birth control pills.
Busy women gladly embrace convenience but it should never be a trade off for patient safety and life threatening birth control patch side effects. Do you have an Ortho Evra lawsuit?
Hormones from birth control patches applied to the skin go into the blood stream and are removed from the body differently than hormones from birth control pills taken by mouth. Women are exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen from using Ortho Evra than by taking a typical birth control pill containing 35 micrograms of estrogen.
Ortho Evra birth control patch side effects may include:
- Sharp chest pain, coughing blood, or sudden shortness of breath (indicating a possible clot in the lung)
- Pain in the calf (indicating a possible clot in the leg)
- Crushing chest pain or tightness in the chest (indicating a possible heart attack)
- Sudden severe headache or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, disturbances of vision or speech, weakness, or numbness in an arm or leg (indicating a possible stroke)
- Sudden partial or complete loss of vision (indicating a possible clot in the eye)
- Breast lumps (indicating possible breast cancer or fibrocystic disease of the breast
- Severe pain or tenderness in the stomach area (indicating a possibly ruptured liver tumor)
- Severe problems with sleeping, weakness, lack of energy, fatigue, or change in mood (possibly indicating severe depression)
- Jaundice or a yellowing of the skin or eyeballs accompanied frequently by fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark colored urine, or light-colored bowel movements (indicating possible liver problems)
A black box warning (the strongest FDA warning) has been issued as to the dangerous birth control patch side effects. Food for thought: Personal convenience should never trump patient health safety. Are you eligible for an Ortho Evra blood clot lawsuit?