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Read information about Combipatch below to learn about its common uses. If you have questions about this medicine, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist and be sure to inform them of all the medications you are currently taking.
- Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with this medicine. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- The patch is usually replaced twice a week (about every 3 to 4 days), or as directed by your doctor. Follow the dosing schedule carefully.
- Do not open the sealed pouch containing the patch until ready to use. Open the pouch and remove the patch from the protective liner. Apply to an area of clean, dry skin on the lower stomach area below the belly button. Press the patch firmly against the skin for about 10 seconds to be sure the patch stays on. If the system lifts, press down to reapply. Wear only 1 system at any one time.
- Do not place the patch on the breast. Make sure the application site is not oily, damaged, or irritated. Avoid applying to the waistline because tight clothing may rub the patch off. Do not put the patch on areas where sitting may loosen it. Do not apply to a site that is exposed to sunlight. Contact with water while bathing, showering, or swimming will not affect the patch.
- After removing the used patch, fold it in half with the sticky sides together. Discard the patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- Apply a new patch to a different area to prevent skin irritation. Use a different site when replacing the patch and do not repeat the same site for at least 1 week. If the area around the patch becomes red, itchy, or irritated, try a new site. If the irritation continues or becomes worse, notify your doctor right away.
- Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the risk of side effects from this medicine. Talk with your doctor before including grapefruit or grapefruit juice in your diet while taking this medicine.
- If you forget to change the patch as scheduled, change it as soon as possible and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
- Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medicine.
- All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects.
- Back pain; diarrhea; headache;
- irregular vaginal bleeding or spotting;
- mild breast pain; mild hair loss; nausea; runny or stuffy nose; stomach pain, cramps, or bloating; vomiting; weakness.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); breast lumps; calf pain or tenderness; changes in vision or speech (eg, loss of vision); chest pain; coughing of blood; mental/mood changes (eg, depression, memory loss); pain, swelling, or tenderness in the stomach; severe headache or vomiting; severe or persistent breast pain;
- severe or unusual vaginal bleeding;
- sudden shortness of breath; swelling of hands or feet;
- unusual vaginal discharge, itching, or odor;
- weakness or numbness of an arm or leg; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
- This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch