Ortho Evra BC Patch

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Skylers Mommy - March 8

My sister was telling me she heard on the news that there was a class action lawsuit for Ortho Evra users. I'm currently on the patch and have heard nothing about this. Any of you know anything?


sugar+spice - March 8

yeah, ive seen that commercail on tv. like some people had died from it but ya'll know that using b/c can cause stuff like that anyways. thats why i chose not to get on it ever again.


Nerdy Girl - March 8

All I know is that the patch exposes you to 60% more estrogen than the pill does. Estogen is what puts you at risk for blood clots. So maybe some people died from blood clots.


Lillie E - March 8

well the only kind of birth control i've ever had is an iud, but a lot of my friends were on the patch and all i know is their doc's took them off... i say get another form of birth control, i wouldn't want bc that had that much c___p to its name.


Mommy - March 9

I was on the patch from June-December, them my gyno told me that there have been problems, and that the makers were considering pulling it off the market. I'm on the pill now, but I have heard that the patch is dangerous and has been causing problems for the users. Consider getting on another birth control, please. I don't want anyting to happen to any of you, you all seem like nice people. If you are on the patch, please think about using another B/C.


Skylers Mommy - March 9

From Ortho Evra website... The label has been updated to include a new warning and provide additional information on the differences between a weekly transdermal delivery system (the Patch) and a daily oral delivery system (the Pill). Specifically, the new warning states: "Hormones from patches applied to the skin get into the blood stream and are removed from the body differently than hormones from birth control pills taken by mouth. You will be exposed to about 60% more estrogen if you use ORTHO EVRA than if you use a typical birth control pill containing 35 micrograms of estrogen. In general, increased estrogen exposure may increase the risk of side effects. However, it is not known if there are differences in the risk of serious side effects based on the differences between ORTHO EVRA and a birth control pill containing 35 micrograms of estrogen. Talk to your healthcare provider about how this information relates to your use of ORTHO EVRA." ORTHO EVRA remains a safe and effective birth control option for many women when used according to the product’s label. Consult your healthcare professional with any questions, and use ORTHO EVRA only as directed. Important Safety Information Most side effects of the Patch are not serious and those that are, occur infrequently. Serious risks, which can be life threatening, include blood clots, stroke and heart attacks and are increased if you smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular side effects, especially if you are over 35. Women who use the Patch are strongly advised not to smoke. Some women should not use the Patch, including women who have blood clots, certain cancers, a history of heart attack or stroke, as well as those who are or may be pregnant. The Patch does not protect against HIV or s_xually transmitted diseases.


Skylers Mommy - March 9

More info...Blood Clots and Deaths a__sociated with Ortho Evra Patch Parker & Waichman, LLP Leaders in Ortho Evra Litigation You have legal rights. Parker & Waichman, LLP will evaluate your Ortho Evra case for FREE; contact our lawyers today. On November 10, 2005, Ortho McNeil, a division of Johnson & Johnson, warned millions of women using Ortho Evra that the birth control patch exposes them to significantly higher doses of hormones and may put them at greater risk for blood clots and other serious side effects than previously disclosed. According to the warning, women using Ortho Evra will be exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen than those using typical birth-control pills because hormones from patches get into the bloodstream and are removed from the body differently than those from pills. This warning comes after the Food and Drug Administration has received twenty-one reports of life-threatening blood clots and other ailments a__sociated with Ortho Evra birth control patch use. The contraceptive patch, manufactured by Ortho-McNeil, has been aggressively marketed to consumers and doctors as a convenient alternative to oral birth control pills. Approximately 4 million women have used the Ortho Evra Patch since it went on sale in 2002. Earlier this year The a__sociated Press reported that patch users die and suffer blood clots at a rate three times higher than women taking the pill. Reports show that the deaths of at least seventeen young American women over the past two years may be related to Ortho Evra patch use. The first fatality publicly blamed on the Ortho Evra patch came in April 2005, when a Manhattan fashion student collapsed in a city subway station. An autopsy found a blood clot had moved into the victim's lung, and the medical examiner ruled that the clot was a side effect of the birth control device. FDA records show that seventeen patch users between the ages of 17 and 30 have suffered fatal heart attacks, blood clots and possible strokes since August 2002. To learn more about Ortho Evra research, click here. The Ortho Evra patch is linked with an increased risk of DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis) and PE (Pulmonary Embolism), which can lead to stroke, hemorrhage, heart attack and death. Evidence shows that the risk of blood clots and stroke a__sociated with Ortho Evra is significantly higher than with oral contraceptive pills. The incidence of embolisms and thrombotic injuries in phase III trials of Ortho Evra was six times greater than the incidence of such events in oral contraceptives using the hormone levonorgestral. The Food and Drug Administration has received 9,116 reports of adverse reactions to the patch in a 17 month period, as compared to 1,237 adverse reports a__sociated with the oral pill Ortho Tri Cyclen over six year period. During a 12 month period, 44 serious injuries or death have been linked to Ortho Evra, whereas only 17 such reports were linked to Ortho Tri-Cylcen in a similar time period. Ortho Tri-Cyclen has six times the number of users as Ortho Evra. Reports that were obtained by the a__sociated Press under the Freedom of Information Act indicate that in 2004 when 800,000 women were using the Ortho Evra patch, the risk of dying or suffering a survivable blood clot while using the device was roughly three times higher than while using birth control pills. Many of the patch’s victims are in their late teens and twenties who are otherwise completely healthy. Blood clots are a known risk from hormonal birth control because estrogen promotes blood coagulation. But the FDA knew before the patch’s introduction to the market that the incidence of nonfatal blood clots was three times higher with the patch than with the Pill. Clots typically form in the legs and can cause serious injury and death if they travel to the heart, lungs or brain.


kimmysmommy - March 10

stupid patch.....i got pregnant on that thing......


lauren - March 10

I was on the patch, thanks to it, i now have a beautiful 3 month old daughter!!!!


tiffani - March 10

On the plus side Skylers Mommy, I was also on the patch, and it worked just fine for me. There are risks with all BC pills as well, some just as alarming as the ones a__sociated with the patch. The thing you have to keep in mind is that complications happen with every medicine, but they happen to such a small small percent of the people that use it. ;o)


TRP - March 10

I was taking the pill and started getting chest pains, so I immediately stopped taking it. I think the women that died, didn't die suddenly, right when they put the patch on, they prob had symptoms they were ignoring. That's my opinion anyway. It's sad, but there are risks with every drug you take. You just have to be careful and watch out for things that don't feel right while you're on it.



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