Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral)

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What each color does - Ortho Tri-Cyclen

I was just wondering what each color of pill does in the ortho tir-cyclen lo does. If you start the white pill on the day you start your period, does it make your period stop or is that a different color of the pills?
by mkansas in Kansas, 05/15/2006

have less period days on Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo

I have recently started taking ortho tri-cyclen lo due to having irregular periods. My doctor said it will help me with my periods, but i don't understand how it will help me. My question is will it help me have less period days? I usually have a ...
by ruby in vernon,tx, 02/15/2007

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral)

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) Medication Classification


Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) Brandname

Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Aviane, Necon 1/35, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7, Low-Ogestrel 28, Ortho-Cyclen, Femhrt 1/5, Alesse 28, Estrostep Fe, Levora-28, Ovcon 35, Zovia 1/35e, Loestrin Fe 1/20, Sprintec

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Oral contraceptives are birth control pills.

When To Not Use Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral)

You should not use oral contraceptives if you have ever had an allergic reaction to them or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should not use if you have heart disease or have had a blood clot.

How Should You Use Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral)

Coated Tablet, Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with food to lessen stomach upset.
  • Keep your pills in the container you receive from the pharmacy. Take the pills in the order they appear in the container.
  • Take your pill at the same time every day. Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If one dose is missed: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Take 2 tablets if you do not remember until the next day. Ask your health caregiver if you need to USE ANOTHER KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL until your period begins.
  • If you miss two doses in a row: Take 2 pills a day for the next 2 days and then go back to taking one a day. Ask your health caregiver if you need to USE ANOTHER KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL until your period begins.
  • If you miss 3 doses in a row: Stop taking this month's pills AND USE A DIFFERENT METHOD OF BIRTH CONTROL until your period begins; then start a new cycle of pills.

Proper Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) Storage

Store Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using any other medicines, such as antibiotics or epilepsy medicine.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) Warnings

  • Use a different kind of birth control during the first 3 weeks of oral contraceptive use to make sure you are protected from pregnancy.
  • Tell your doctor if you have lupus, high blood pressure, epilepsy, asthma, migraine headaches, sugar diabetes, or depressed mood.
  • If you smoke while using birth control pills, you increase your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or blood clot. If you have any questions about the risks in using this medicine, talk to your doctor.
  • If you miss two periods in a row, call your doctor for a pregnancy test before you take any more pills.
  • You should see your doctor on a regular basis (every 6 months or 1 year) while taking birth control pills.
  • It is best to wait 2 or 3 months after stopping birth control pills before you try to get pregnant.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Pain in leg (calf), chest, or groin
  • Severe headache, sudden vision changes
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Lumps in breast
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Nausea
  • Bloated feeling or weight gain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Appetite changes
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Tired feeling that will not go away
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • Contact lens discomfort
  • Sensitivity to sunlight

Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral) Ratings

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Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: **

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Elizabeth R., Los Angeles, ca - 03/20/2013

This birth control method has mild side effects of nausea. After the first three months the nausea begins to go away. Personally, I am happy with the overall results. I was taking it for about five years. Then I decided to have my third child. It didn't take long before I was able to get pregnant. A month after I delivered, I went back on the pill. It was that easy!