Ortho Evra

Ortho Evra Lawsuits

Ortho Evra (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control patch that  became very popular with young women because of its convenience. But Ortho Evra has caused blood clots, stroke, and death in teenage girls and young women who were not otherwise at risk and now many injured may have a right to an Ortho Evra lawsuit.

Ortho Evra Injuries and Death

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of at least 50 deaths linked to Ortho Evra use between 2002 and 2006. Dangerous and potentially deadly Ortho Evra side effects can include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – blood clots in the legs
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – blood clots in the lungs
  • Liver problems
  • Gall bladder problems
  • Severe allergic reaction

Ortho Evra Patch Delivers More Estrogen

Ortho Evra is a combination contraceptive which means it contains an estrogen and a progestin. All combination contraceptives carry some risk of causing blood clots, partly due to elevated estrogen levels. The Ortho Evra patch is more dangerous because it delivers a very high dose of estrogen into the bloodstream.

When birth control pills pass through the digestive system some of the estrogen is lost. Since they are taken once a day, estrogen levels are not constantly elevated. This is not true with Ortho Evra.

Since Ortho Evra is a transdermal patchestrogen is absorbed through the skin directly into the bloodstream  continuously, so your body never gets a break. Ortho Evra delivers about 60% more estrogen into the bloodstream than 35 microgram oral contraceptives.

Special Risk for Teenagers and Young Women

The risk of developing blood clots when using Ortho Evra is higher in older women and those with other known cardiovascular risk factors. But the dangers of stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular events are particularly high for young users because the warning signs are overlooked and when these events occur they are often misdiagnosed, delaying life-saving treatment.

Recognizing the Signs

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in the leg. A clot in the leg can break loose and move to the lungs causing pulmonary embolism (PE). It is common for DVT and PE to be misdiagnosed in patients who are not considered to be at risk.

Pulmonary embolism is often misdiagnosed as pneumonia or panic attack. About one-third of those who survive untreated PE have a second attack which kills them.

Symptoms of deep vein thombosis include:

  • Tender calf or thigh
  • Warm skin
  • Visible veins
  • Tired leg
  • Pain and swelling in the affected leg
  • Scaly, itchy, or discolored skin on the inside of the ankle
  • Frequent skin ulcers

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath even at rest
  • Chest pain that is worse during exertion but does not go away with rest
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fainting
  • Blue tint to the skin
  • Anxiety
  • Unexplained sense of impending doom

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by Ortho Evra, please find a local  injury attorney right away to see if you have an Ortho Evra lawsuit.