What You Need to Know About the Birth Control Patch
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using the birth control patch if you have:
- Cancer (or if you have had cancer in the past)
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Had a blood clot or a clotting disorder
- Chest pain
- Had a heart attack or stroke
- Very high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin during a prior pregnancy or oral contraceptive use
- Gallbladder disease
- High cholesterol
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver tumors
- Problems with your heart valves
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure).
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Weigh 198 pounds or more
- Have an upcoming surgery
- Smoke cigarettes
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Ortho Evra and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Ortho Evra and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With the Birth Control Patch to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Dosing Information for the Birth Control PatchThere is only one standard dose of the birth control patch, regardless of age, weight, or medical conditions. However, keep in mind that the birth control patch is less effective in women who weigh 198 pounds or more.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Birth Control Patch Dosing for more information.)