What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need a regular breast and pelvic exam and Pap smear while on this medicine.
Use an additional method of contraception during the first cycle that you use this patch.
If you have any reason to think you are pregnant, stop using this medicine right away and contact your doctor or health care professional.
If you are using this medicine for hormone related problems, it may take several cycles of use to see improvement in your condition.
This medicine can make your body retain fluid, making your fingers, hands, or ankles swell. Your blood pressure can go up. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you feel you are retaining fluid.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.
If you wear contact lenses and notice visual changes, or if the lenses begin to feel uncomfortable, consult your eye care specialist.
In some women, tenderness, swelling, or minor bleeding of the gums may occur. Notify your dentist if this happens. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly may help limit this. See your dentist regularly and inform your dentist of the medicines you are taking.
If you are going to have elective surgery or a MRI, you may need to stop using this medicine before the surgery or MRI. Consult your health care professional for advice.
This medicine does not protect you against HIV infection (AIDS) or any other sexually transmitted diseases.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Body aches or pain
difficulty with breathing
loss of voice
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
changes in skin color
chest pain or discomfort
inability to speak
lack or loss of appetite
numbness in the hands
pain in the abdomen or stomach
pain in the chest, groin, or legs, especially the calves
pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
pain, tenderness, or swelling of the foot or leg
pounding in the ears
slow or fast heartbeat
sudden loss of coordination
sudden, severe weakness or numbness in the arm or leg on one side of the body
sudden, unexplained shortness of breath
swelling, pain, or tenderness in the upper abdominal or stomach area
unpleasant breath odor
vomiting of blood
yellow eyes or skin
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
Unusual vaginal bleeding in women
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Burning, itching, or redness of the skin
pain, soreness, swelling, or discharge from the breast or breasts
swelling or soreness at the patch site
Incidence not known
Abdominal or stomach cramps or bloating
absent, missed, or irregular menstrual periods
bloody vaginal discharge
brown, blotchy spots on exposed skin
change in amount of vaginal discharge
change in menstrual flow
decreased amount of breast milk
feeling sad or empty
increase or decrease in weight
increased hunger or thirst
itching of the vagina or outside of the genitals
light vaginal bleeding between periods and after sexual intercourse
loss of interest or pleasure
pain during sexual intercourse
stopping of menstrual bleeding
thick, white curd-like vaginal discharge without odor or with mild odor
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.