What is ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate?

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Ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate is a combination product consisting of two female hormones. It is used for the prevention of pregnancy and for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD); and for the treatment of acne. The combination can come in a monophasic and triphasic dosing regimen.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 68 30
Menstrual cramps 14 8
polycystic ovary syndrome 12 4
Acne breakout 8 5
endometriosis 7 4
General health 5 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 8
Moderate 15
Mild 16
None 33

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Side effect Patients
Nausea 5
Migraine headaches 4
Weight gain 4
Breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding 3
Depressed mood 3
Mood swings 3

Show all 30 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Dosage Patients
1 mixed daily 14
35 mcg-0.25 mg daily 4
35 mcg daily 4
21 mixed daily 1
25 mcg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 19
Other 13
Doctor's advice 11
Did not seem to work 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 47 patients who've stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Duration

Currently taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 52
Usually 18
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 43
Not specified 26

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 4
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 3
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 2
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol-levomefolic acid (Beyaz) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 2
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1
etonogestrel (Implanon) 1
Norethindrone (norethisterone) (Noriday) 1
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7 patient evaluations for ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Oct 11, 2014 (Started Sep 24, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for premenstrual dysphoric disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg Daily

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Sep 23, 2013 (Started Jul 20, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Eye pain, Moodiness, Breast tenderness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 35 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I haven't gained weight on this; I was worried about that. But when I first started I experience a lot of moodiness, breast tenderness and bloating.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 1, 2013 (Started Nov 17, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ovarian cyst)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for endometriosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Blood clots in legs)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 35 mcg-0.25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Nov 17, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ovarian cyst)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for endometriosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 35 mcg-0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I started taking this because of my endemetriosis and ovarian cyst. It was odd because I found when I ran out before seeing the doctor again (I do not take the sugar pills, I only have the right ovary) I noticed that when I was on it my mood swings weren't as bad. When I was off of it my mood swings were terrible, my night sweats were terrible and my heat flashes were terrible. So while I am on this it stables out all that and I don't have them as often. I still do have mood swings, but not as severe as I would without this medication (I do suffer greatly from depression which causes mood swings as well). I really think that this has helped me out a lot when it comes to all the "fun" stuff us ladies have to go through.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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