Ortho-Cyclen (Oral)

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Ortho-cyclen memory pills

I have been taking Ortho cyclen for about a month now, im now on the last 7 memory pills. I think i may have accidentaly taken 2 memory pills in one day. Because when i went to take my next dosage, there was only one left for the next day. Does this m...
by Angelina in palm coast, fl, 12/27/2006

when switching to orthro-cyclen

I currently switched to orthro-cyclen. i was taking yaz and started my pill on a tuesday and i end on a monday. how do i start taking my pill? do i start on at tuesday? and if so, which tuesday?
by Lindsay in Philadelphia, Pa, 11/01/2006

when i take the pills

is it okay if I start the pill after my period has already finished. Because it started on a wendesday so i started it on that sunday.
by ophelia, 01/27/2007

Ortho-Cyclen (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Ortho-Cyclen (Oral)

Ortho-Cyclen (Oral) Medication Classification


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

Oral contraceptives are birth control pills.

When To Not Use Ortho-Cyclen (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-Cyclen (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-Cyclen (Oral) Storage

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

What To Avoid While Using Ortho-Cyclen (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-Cyclen (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-Cyclen (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-Cyclen (Oral) Ratings

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Ortho-Cyclen (Oral)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: ****


Maria, Maria - 01/11/2014

Oh my goodness! I know all of your pains with the pill. I am cnrteurly on a low dose pill since I'm breastfeeding while we wait for my husband to get snipped in December. I did get pregnant with Rylie on the low dose pill while breastfeeding Sydney. I had never had a period and so I was totally surprised to find out I was pregnant. This also makes me super nervous now. I feel like I'm still going through everything you have mentioned even with the low dose pill. I guess my hormones are so out of wack though that I don't know what normal is supposed to feel like. I've been pregnant or breastfeeding for almost the last 6 years. Maybe it's my pill causing a lot of the problems though.I used Ortho Tricyclen Lo when I was younger to also help regulate my periods, but I did gain weight and felt absolutely awful. I struggled with everything that you have mentioned. Most of my weight issues come from hormones and it's awful. Thank you for posting this. It's something that sooooooo many women go through and don't realize, or just suffer alone. What had you been using before starting this pill? If you don't mind me asking. I'm just curious since I've had so many of the same problems and my husband keeps putting off his surgery because he's not sure he wants to be done having babies.

Ortho-Cyclen (Oral)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: **


Ashok Singal, Dandridge,TN - 02/08/2008

While taking Yaz 28 Oral my skin improved and my periods were shorter and lighter, which was great. The downside was that I had severe migraines, a low sex drive and I gained weight.