What is ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 42 15
Menstrual cramps 10 5
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 8 2
Endometriosis 5 4
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) 5 7
Ovarian cyst 4 4

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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 7
Moderate 11
Mild 6
None 17

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

Side effect Patients
Breast tenderness 3
Nausea 3
Headaches 2
Mid-cycle spotting 2
Night sweats 2
Bloating 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Dosage Patients
1 mixed daily 5
35 mcg daily 5
35 mcg-0.25 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 12
Other 7
Did not seem to work 6
Doctor's advice 6
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 11
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 23
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 3
Beyaz 1
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1
Ovcon 35 1

Patients stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
etonogestrel (Implanon) 1
Marvelon 1
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo 1
Sprintec 1
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3 patient evaluations for ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

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arroganthumanity
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arroganthumanity
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 34
Condition: Allergic Rhinitis 2 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Allergic Rhinitis

See arroganthumanity's full ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate history

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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SoreMomma
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SoreMomma
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:F38y
FM:7y Dx
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See SoreMomma's full ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate history

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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bassoongirl
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bassoongirl
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 27
Condition: Migraine 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vb
I have:
Migraine

See bassoongirl's full ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate history

Feb 28, 2011 (Started May 02, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Menstrual cramps)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 35 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 31, 2010 (Started May 02, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Menstrual cramps)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 35 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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