Ortho Tri-Cyclen(Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate)
0.035/0.18mg, 0.035/0.215mg, 0.035/0.25mg
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Ortho Tri-Cyclen Drug Information
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Ortho Tri-Cyclen Overview
This combination hormone medication is used to prevent pregnancy.a progestin and an estrogen. It works mainly by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) during your menstrual cycle. It also makes vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization) and changes the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. If a fertilized egg does not attach to the uterus, it passes out of the body. Besides preventing pregnancy, birth control pills may make your periods more regular, decrease blood loss and painful periods, decrease your risk of ovarian cysts, and also treat acne. Using Ortho Tri-Cyclen does not protect you or your partner against sexually transmitted diseases (such as HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia).
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Warnings
Do not use Ortho Tri-Cyclen if you smoke cigarettes/use tobacco and are over 35 years old. Smoking raises your risk of stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and high blood pressure from hormonal birth control (such as the pill, patch, ring). The risk of these serious problems increases with age and with the number of cigarettes you smoke. Do not smoke or use tobacco.
How to Use Ortho Tri-Cyclen
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using Ortho Tri-Cyclen and each time you get a refill. The leaflet contains very important information on when to take your pills and what to do If you miss a dose of Ortho Tri-Cyclen. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take Ortho Tri-Cyclen by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Pick a time of day that is easy for you to remember, and take your pill at the same time each day. It is very important to continue taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen exactly as prescribed by your doctor. With certain brands of birth control pills, the amount of estrogen and progestin in each active tablet will vary at different times in the cycle. Therefore, it is very important that you follow the package instructions to find the first tablet, start with the first tablet in the pack, and take them in the correct order. Do not skip any doses. Pregnancy is more likely if you miss pills, start a new pack late, or take your pill at a different time of the day than usual. Vomiting or diarrhea can prevent your birth control pills from working well. If you have vomiting or diarrhea, you may need to use a back-up birth control method (such as condoms, spermicide). Follow the directions in the Patient Information Leaflet and check with your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen after your evening meal or at bedtime may help if you have stomach upset or nausea with the medication. You may choose to take Ortho Tri-Cyclen at another time of day that is easier for you to remember. No matter what dosing schedule you use, it is very important that you take Ortho Tri-Cyclen at the same time each day, 24 hours apart. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Your pill pack contains 21 pills with active medication. It may also contain 7 reminder pills with no medication. Take one active pill (with hormones) once daily for 21 days in a row. If you are using a product with 28 tablets, take an inactive pill once daily for 7 days in a row after you have taken the last active pill unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If you are using a product with 21 tablets, do not take any tablets for 7 days unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You should have your period during the fourth week of the cycle. After you have taken the last inactive tablet in the pack or gone 7 days without taking an active tablet, start a new pack the next day whether or not you have your period. If you do not get your period, consult your doctor. If this is the first time you are using Ortho Tri-Cyclen and you are not switching from another form of hormonal birth control (such as patch, other birth control pills), take the first tablet in the pack on the first Sunday following the beginning of your menstrual period or on the first day of your period. If your period begins on a Sunday, begin taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen on that day. For the first cycle of use only, use an additional form of non-hormonal birth control (such as condoms, spermicide) for the first 7 days to prevent pregnancy until the medication has enough time to work. If you start on the first day of your period, you do not need to use back-up birth control the first week. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about how to switch from other forms of hormonal birth control (such as patch, other birth control pills) to Ortho Tri-Cyclen. If any information is unclear, consult the Patient Information Leaflet or your doctor or pharmacist.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Precautions
Before using Ortho Tri-Cyclen, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any estrogens (such as ethinyl estradiol, mestranol) or any progestins (such as norethindrone, desogestrel); or if you have any other allergies. Ortho Tri-Cyclen may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Ortho Tri-Cyclen, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,blood clots (for example, in the legs, eyes, lungs), blood clotting disorders (such as protein C or protein S deficiency), high blood pressure, abnormal breast exam, cancer (especially endometrial or breast cancer), high cholesterol or triglyceride (blood fat) levels, depression, diabetes, family or personal history of a certain swelling disorder (angioedema), gallbladder problems, severe headaches/migraines, heart problems (such as heart valve disease, irregular heartbeat, previous heart attack), history of yellowing eyes/skin (jaundice) during pregnancy or while using hormonal birth control (such as pills, patch), kidney disease, liver disease (including tumors), stroke, swelling (edema), thyroid problems, unexplained vaginal bleeding. If you have diabetes, Ortho Tri-Cyclen may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar regularly as directed and share the results with your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst/urination. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medication, exercise program, or diet. Tell your doctor if you just had or will be having surgery or if you will be confined to a bed or chair for a long time (such as a long plane flight). These conditions increase your risk of getting blood clots, especially if you are using hormonal birth control. You may need to stop Ortho Tri-Cyclen for a time or take special precautions. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Ortho Tri-Cyclen may cause blotchy, dark areas on your face and skin (melasma). Sunlight may worsen this effect. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. If you are nearsighted or wear contact lenses, you may develop vision problems or trouble wearing your contact lenses. Contact your eye doctor if these problems occur. It may take longer for you to become pregnant after you stop taking birth control pills. Consult your doctor. Ortho Tri-Cyclen should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. If you have just given birth or had a pregnancy loss/abortion after the first 3 months, talk with your doctor about reliable forms of birth control, and find out when it is safe to start using birth control that contains a form of estrogen, such as Ortho Tri-Cyclen. Ortho Tri-Cyclen may decrease breast milk production. A small amount passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Misdose
Refer to the product package information for advice on missed doses. You may need to use back-up birth control (such as condoms, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. If you often forget to take your pills as directed, contact your doctor to discuss switching to another form of birth control.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Interactions
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.aromatase inhibitors (such as anastrozole, exemestane), ospemifene, tamoxifen, tizanidine, tranexamic acid, certain combination products used to treat chronic hepatitis C (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir with or without dasabuvir). Some drugs may cause hormonal birth control to work less well by decreasing the amount of birth control hormones in your body. This effect can result in pregnancy. Examples include griseofulvin, modafinil, rifamycins (such as rifampin, rifabutin), St. John's wort, drugs used to treat seizures (such as barbiturates, carbamazepine, felbamate, phenytoin, primidone, topiramate), HIV drugs (such as nelfinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir), among others. Tell your doctor when you start any new drug, and discuss if you should use additional reliable birth control. Also tell your doctor if you have any new spotting or breakthrough bleeding, because these may be signs that your birth control is not working well. Ortho Tri-Cyclen may interfere with certain laboratory tests (such as blood clotting factors, thyroid), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Ortho Tri-Cyclen.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Side Effects
What are Ortho Tri-Cyclen side effects?
Side effects are physical, mental or emotional symptoms which occur in addition to or outside of the desired effect of a therapeutic treatment such as an over-the-counter or prescribed drug or medication. Side effects from Ortho Tri-Cyclen may occur at the beginning or at the end of treatment and may also depend on the length of time an individual remains on the treatment. Side effects, also known as adverse effects, are generally more likely to occur when starting treatment. Individuals may also experience side effects from Ortho Tri-Cyclen as a result of an interaction with other medications.
Side Effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen
The side effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen may vary in number and intensity for many different reasons. Factors such as age, weight, gender and ethnicity may influence the side effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen. Also, an individual’s state of general physical health and seriousness of the disease or illness as well as an increase or decrease in dosage may lead to side effects. Further, side effects from Ortho Tri-Cyclen may also occur as a result of an interaction with certain herbal supplements, foods or drinks.
Prescription drug side effects can be serious and may cause patients to stop the treatment. However, when side effects from the use of a prescription drug, such as Ortho Tri-Cyclen, do occur a patient should consult their physician. A physician may prescribe an additional treatment in order to control the symptoms or an adjustment in the dosage may be made. In addition, changes to diet, exercise or other lifestyle activities may help to lessen the side effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen.
By understanding side effects and the factors which may influence the occurrence of side effects patients are empowered to take an active role in their care. Patients who have specific questions about the side effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen, or any other medication, should contact their physician. General information about Ortho Tri-Cyclen and the side effects associated with Ortho Tri-Cyclen are described in the following:
Common Ortho Tri-Cyclen Side Effects
- body fluid retention
- acne vulgaris
- abdominal distension
Less Frequent Ortho Tri-Cyclen Side Effects
- deep venous thrombosis
- vulvovaginal candidiasis
- libido changes
- skin photosensitivity
- weight gain
- weight loss
- acute abdominal pain
- abnormal glucose tolerance
- headache disorder
- abdominal pain with cramps
Rare or Very Rare Ortho Tri-Cyclen Side Effects
- benign hepatic cell adenoma
- neoplasm of liver
- neoplasm of breast
- optic neuritis
- acute myocardial infarction
- cerebrovascular accident
- thromboembolic disorder
- thrombotic disorder
- focal nodular hyperplasia of liver
- gallbladder disease
- obstructive hyperbilirubinemia
- general weakness
- retinal thrombosis
- pulmonary thromboembolism
- arterial thrombosis
- biliary calculus
- hemolytic uremic syndrome
- kidney disease with reduction in GFR
- hypersensitivity drug reaction
- liver cell carcinoma
- dysplasia of cervix
- acute occlusion of mesenteric vein
- hepatic vein thrombosis
- hemorrhagic stroke
- skin rash
- cervical discharge
- irregular menstrual periods
- abnormal vaginal bleeding
- appetite changes
- ectropion of cervix
- change in corneal curvature
- pruritus of skin
- peripheral edema
- pelvic pain
- vaginal dryness
- symptoms of anxiety
- mood changes
- muscle spasm
- back pain
- premenstrual syndrome
- erythema multiforme
- erythema nodosum
- galactorrhea not associated with childbirth
- folate deficiency
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Ortho Tri-Cyclen when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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