Ortho Evra (Ethinyl Estradiol/Norelgestromin) and/or alternatives
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General Information on Ortho Evra
Ortho Evra is a three layered contraceptive patch that releases hormones into the bloodstream every 24 hours. It is used by sexually active and fertile women who do not wish to get pregnant. The chance of getting pregnant while using brand or generic Ortho Evra is 1%. When applied to the skin, the patch occupies an area of 20 sq. cm. This beige colored patch can be applied to the abdomen, buttocks, upper torso or near the shoulders. It is only to be used as a contraceptive and does not prevent you from contracting AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Side Effects / Precautions For Ortho Evra
Norelgestromin and Ethinyl Estradiol, the chemicals in this patch, can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, a rash at the point of application, water retention and menstrual cramps. Some women may also experience moods swings or a feeling of depression, brought on by the hormonal change. If you are over 198 pounds, consult your doctor before you buy Ortho Evra, since it may be less effective in women over this weight.
Women who smoke run the risk of increasing cardiovascular complications, due to the Norelgestromin and Ethinyl Estradiol contained in this patch. Women who suffer from any type of heart problem, high blood pressure and clotting of blood should avoid using this method as it increases the risk of complications. Those who have or are suspected of having any type of cancer related to the female reproductive organs as well as those who are pregnant or are likely to be pregnant should also abstain from using the Ortho Evra drug patch.
Dosages for Ortho Evra
Brand or generic Ortho Evra is to be used only in its prescribed dosage of one patch per week. Ortho Evra 150/20 mcg is the only dosage available. It follows a 28 day routine or 4 week cycle wherein a new patch is to be applied once every week on the same day of the week, except for the fourth week, when no patch is to be used. First time users should begin using the patch on the first day of or the first Sunday after the start of their menstrual cycle.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.