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If you’ve used Ortho Tri-cyclen®, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Miscalculated
Date: 12/23/2007
I am on a ship for a month, mis-calculated and did not bring enough birthcontrol pills for the whole trip. I will not be sexually active while I am at sea, but would like to be safe from pregnancy when I get to shore. If I delay starting my next pack until a week after my period, I would have enough birth control to cover me until I get home, but that would mean startin a week into my cycle instead of right after/during my period. Is this an okay idea?


AskDocWeb: That depends on which birth control pill you are taking. Generally, as long as you will be on the pill for at least a week before you are intimate you should be protected but this will also disrupt the timing of your cycle.

Subj: Alcohol
Date: 12/24/2007
I just have a question. I’m a senior in college and have been on the pill since my senior year of high school. I’ve gone to parties and what not getting tipsy and have had sex afterwards without a condom. I have never missed a pill and was wondering if alcohol could affect how the pill functions. Thank you for your help.


AskDocWeb: No, alcohol will not change how the pill works or its effectiveness.

Subj: Very worried
Date: 12/26/2007
Hi, I was wondering if you could please, please provide an answer for my question. I am very worried. I am 25 and have been on oral contraceptives for the past 7 months. For the first 3 months I was taking Ortho-Tri Cyceln-lo and then switched to Ortho Tri-Cyclen Regular 4 months ago. I have been taking it faithfully and have not missed any pills in 5 months. However this month I took it late a few times (between 1/2 hr – 2 hours late). I am very nervous because yesterday morning I had some pinkish blood on the tissue after I urinated. My last period began Tuesday 12/4 (today is 12/25) and lasted for a full 8 days, until Tuesday 12/11. I did begin the new pack as scheduled on Sunday 12/9. I had sex with my BF, on 12/7, 12/8 and 12/15. I am very scared that this could be implantation bleeding. Do you think it could be even though I had perfect pill use? In addition, my BF withdrew on the 8th and 15th, but not the 7th. I know its Christmas but if you could help soon that would be great. Thanks so much.


AskDocWeb: It is more likely that you could have a urinary tract infection, have this checked out first. Given what you have said, we doubt very much if you’re pregnant.

Subj: Ortho-lo
Date: 12/26/2007
I hate ortho-lo. It makes me emotional and I am gaining major weight on it! I have head aches and I am soooo moody!!! I am getting off of it RIGHT NOW!!!


Subj: Generic ortho tri-cyclen lo?
Date: 12/26/2007
Is there a generic form of ortho tri-cyclen lo? I was wanting to see if there is so I can get my birth control cheaper.


AskDocWeb: Sorry, there is no generic for that drug.

Subj: Month long period
Date: 12/26/2007
I started ortho tricyclen lo earlier this month. I started it on the 3rd day of my period and now I only have the green pills left to take but I have basically had my period since I started. Is that normal? Should I keep taking this pill for another month or should I try and switch it? I am still in the first pack but all the “active” pills but one are already taken and I still have my period.


AskDocWeb: Others have made the same complaint with the lo version. Your doctor needs to know about such side effects.

Subj: Good for acne?
Date: 12/26/2007
Is try-cylcen low a good birthcontrol pill for acne?


AskDocWeb: Assuming that you are asking about Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, in the 2008 Physician’s Desk Reference, acne is NOT listed as one of the non-contraceptive benefits. Although it does seem to help some, more women report that it does not. Some even report getting worse acne problems than they had before starting this drug.

Subj: How can I order?
Date: 12/27/2007
My doc recommend this product for me because I have polycystic ovarian syndrome however the pharmacy in my country don’t order this product. How can I get free product and how can I order this product without a credit card.


AskDocWeb: Your physician may be able to call the manufacturer to have the drug delivered to him for your own use.

Subj: I love it
Date: 12/27/2007
I have been on Ortho Tri Cyclen for about 2 and a half years now and I love it. I’m 19 years old and just now becoming more sexually active. So now, I’m beginning to have more questions about the pill. First, I just recently heard that the white pills are what stop ovulation. What is the difference between the different colored pills, based on what they do? And when they say its safe to have unprotected sex, does this mean that the male is pulling out before ejaculation? And I don’t think that I have ever had any side effects, like mood swings or weight gain or anything like that. Could this mean that it really isn’t working, or am I just lucky? Thanks!


AskDocWeb: When you consider all the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) around, it is never safe to have unprotected sex. The colors of the Ortho Tri-cyclen® pills that come in a Dial-Pak tablet dispenser are based on the ingredients, which also makes them based on what they do. The white tablets contain 0.18 mg of norgestimate together with 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. The light blue tablets contain 0.215 mg of norgestimate together with 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. The blue tablets contain 0.25 mg of norgestimate together with 0.035 mg of ethinyl estradiol. The green tablets contain inert ingredients and are the placebo pills that you take to help maintain your habit of taking them at the same time everyday. When you are on birth control pills the man does not have to pull out and you are still safe.

Subj: Mood swings, depression and paranoia
Date: 12/28/2007
I am a mature student finishing a degree in Developmental Psychology. I began taking tri-cyclen lo two months ago during which I experienced mood swings including depression and paranoia. I realize that it is not uncommon to attribute physiological changes to new medications ;however, a review of my past as well as family history does not reveal any abnormal mental health problems. These new mood swings can last three to four days and interrupt my enjoyment of life.


Subj: Morning after pill?
Date: 12/31/2007
How do you use ortho tri cyclen lo as a morning after pill?


AskDocWeb: You don’t, you go see your physician for the morning after pill.

Subj: Spotting
Date: 12/31/2007
I’ve been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Low for almost three years and I’ve never had any problems with it. Today I was spotting–my period is suppose to start next week. I haven’t missed a pill or anything. Should I be worried? I thought that spotting was suppose to happen when you first started taking the pill.


AskDocWeb: If it doesn’t stop or it happens again, talk to your doctor. Since you are having breakthrough bleeding, it is possible that you may have to change to another birth control pill.

Subj: Freaked me out!
Date: 1/1/2008
I have been on tri cyclen lo for about 2 years now and find it to work very well. I recently got my period a week early, and it freaked me out! My fiance and I have fooled around in the past month, but he never came inside of me, what’s the likelihood of me being pregnant? I’m concerned.


AskDocWeb: Don’t be concerned, you have used this for two years now. Your period may come early for several reasons, being sick, stress, etc.

Subj: Continued to bleed
Date: 1/2/2008
I have been taking ortho tri cyclen lo for a month and a half and I got my period a week early and continued to bleed for two and a half weeks now. My face is starting to look better though but I don’t know if this means I am on the wrong pill or what… One thing I don’t do is take it at the same time everyday… what could the problem be? Should it stop?


AskDocWeb: Making an effort to take it at the same time everyday reduces the chances of missing one. If you continue to have breakthrough bleeding you may have to change to a different birth control pill. Read more feedback

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