Ortho Evra, Blood Clots


Ortho Evra patch side effects can outweigh the benefits that they may give. Women who use Ortho Evra patch are prone to 60 percent more estrogen compared to those who go for traditional birth control pills. This is because estrogen from the patch exits the blood stream in a different manner compared to the estrogen absorbed from the pill. Though this birth control patch is ground-breaking according to some, the side effects can put women at greater risk of death due to blood clots. This risk is thrice that of a woman who takes birth control pills.

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The Associated Press found a link between women in their 30 dying from blood clots and Ortho Evra patch.  Others have been known to suffer from strokes and blood clot problems. There are lawsuits that have been still pending for justice with reference to the patch that has been sold for the past few years.

Ortho McNeil that manufactures Ortho Evra issued fresh warnings to doctors and providers who prescribe patch to the patients. Since 2002, more than 4 million women have been using this birth control patch. At the same time, there has been a rise in Ortho Evra lawsuits against the company for injuries and death due to the use of the patch. Even the FDA has claimed that the rate of blood clots is more than what has been suggested by the company.

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Ortho Mc Neil has meanwhile been doing tests to find out if it is good to manufacture and sell further patch. As mentioned before, though the level of estrogen may be similar as in the pill, women who use the Ortho Evra patch find that more levels of estrogen is absorbed in case of the patch, leading to more problems.  When you use the pill, the body absorbs the estrogen through the digestive tract, and 50 percent of the estrogen is lost. But when you apply the patch, almost 90 percent and more of estrogen is directly absorbed by the blood stream.

Though there are talks about redesigning the patch, if you are of the view to use it, make sure that you check with your doctor about the risks and Ortho Evra patch side-effects that are related to the use.

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