What is Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel is an estrogen and progestin combination used for the prevention of pregnancy and for postcoital contraception. It is also used to treat abnormal uterine bleeding and pain associated with endometriosis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 105 46
Endometriosis 33 10
Polycystic ovary syndrome 13 5
Migraine headaches 9 4
Dysmenorrhea 8 2

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 17
Moderate 20
Mild 15
None 34

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 11
Decreased sex drive (libido) 3
Depressed mood 3
Menstrual spotting 3
Mid-cycle spotting 3
Nausea 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Dosage Patients
1 mixed daily 5
daily 4
30 mcg-0.15 mg daily 3
1 tablet(s) daily 2
1 mixed monthly 1
0.1 mg daily 1
0.15 mg daily 1
extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg daily 1
20 mcg-100 mcg daily 1
150 mcg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 27
Other 23
Doctor's advice 18
Did not seem to work 17
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 4
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 79 patients who've stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Duration

Currently taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 14
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 74
Usually 10
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 16
Not at all hard to take 62
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 42
Not specified 36

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 5
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 4
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 2
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol-levomefolic acid (Beyaz) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 3
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 3
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 2
Ethinyl estradiol-norgestrel (Cryselle 28) 2
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 2

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel

Aug 16, 2009 (Started Feb 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg Daily
Side effects: breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding, missed menstrual period

Mar 5, 2009 (Started Feb 06, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild (missed menstrual period, breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have major cramps when its that "time of the month", on Sesonale I don't have a monthly "time of the month". Its normally around every 3 months and actually my period is lighter almost like not having one at all.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding, missed menstrual period

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Jan 6, 2010 (Started Oct 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ovarian cyst)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: extended cycle 30 mcg-0.15 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My insurance refused to pay for a 10-week cycle using three 28-day pill packs (9 weeks of hormones, 1 week off), so I was switched to this 12-week cycle pack (11 weeks of hormones, 1 week off). Using these pills contributed to deep-vein thrombosis and a resulting pulmonary embolism.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jul 1, 2016 (Started Dec 23, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mcg Daily

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