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 33
Menstrual cramps 15 8
Polycystic ovary syndrome 12 4
Acne breakout 8 5
Endometriosis 7 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 10
Moderate 15
Mild 16
None 34

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

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Dosage Patients
1 mixed daily 10
35 mcg daily 5
21 mixed daily 1
25 mcg daily 1
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 20
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 48 patients who've stopped taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Duration

Currently taking ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2

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
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 53
Usually 19
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 14
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 29

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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