Ortho Evra and Alcohol
Ortho Evra generic name ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin is a contraceptive skin patch which has a combination of estrogen and progestin which are female hormones that prevent ovulation. To be fertile there must be regular fluctuations in the levels of these hormones. It is used as a contraception to prevent pregnancy.
The drug causes changes in the cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
Moderate drinking only is suggested as the effectiveness of the drug may be lessened and the side effects of the drug may be greatly increased.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Ortho Evra advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, using any other drug, a history of stroke, blood clot, coronary artery disease, diabetic circulatory problems, uterine cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver disease, liver cancer, severe high blood pressure, migraine headaches, heart valve disorder, jaundice caused by birth control pills, older than 35 or smoking, kidney disease, depression, gallbladder disease, seizures, epilepsy, a history of breast disease, lumps, nodules or an abnormal mammogram.
Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps, unpleasant taste in mouth, breast pain, tender or swelling, freckles or darkening facial skin, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair, change in weight or appetite, problems with contact lens, vaginal itching or discharge, changes in men striation, decreased sex drive, headache, nervous, dizzy or tired. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, sudden numb or weak on one side of body, severe headache, confusion, vision speech balance problems, chest pain, heavy feeling, pain spreading to arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling, change in migraine headaches, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice, swelling in hands ankles feet, lump in breast or symptoms of depression such as insomnis, weakness or mood changes.If these occur get emergency medical help.
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