Tri-Levlen (Oral)


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mg. in each active Tri-Levlen pill


I'm taking TRI-LEVLEN 28 Tablets. It doesn't mention in my insert how many mg. is in each "active" pill? My doctor said this is the same thing as Tri-phasil. Tri-phasil is what I used to take. Is TRI-LEVLEN considered a low dose birt...
by Debbie in Moline, IL, 01/11/2007

tri-levln and diabetes control


I have been diabetic since age 2. As a young adult, I was taking Tri-levlen 28 as a form of birth control. After complications which lead to having quadrupal bypass surgery, my gynecologist stopped prescribing the birth control for me. However, during...
by Kathy in Pittsburgh, PA, 05/17/2009

Tri-Levlen (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Tri-Levlen (Oral)

Tri-Levlen (Oral) Medication Classification

LEVONORGESTREL/ETHINYL ESTRADIOL (By mouth)

Tri-Levlen (Oral) Brandname

Aviane, Trivora-28, Alesse 28, Triphasil-21, Triphasil-28, Levora-28, Tri-Levlen, Nordette-28, Nordette-21, Enpresse-28, Levlite 28, Lessina 28, Levlen, Portia-28, Preven Emergency Contraceptive

Tri-Levlen (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Ethinyl Estradiol (ETH-in-il es-tra-DYE-ole), Levonorgestrel (LEE-voe-nor-jes-trel) Used to prevent pregnancy. This medicine is an oral contraceptive (birth control pill).

When To Not Use Tri-Levlen (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to levonorgestrel or ethinyl estradiol, or if you are pregnant. Do not use this medicine if you have heart disease or related problems such as angina (chest pain), a blood vessel disorder, problems with your heart valves, or uncontrolled high blood pressure. If you have liver disease, diabetes, unusual vaginal bleeding, or headaches, make sure your doctor knows about these problems before you use this medicine. You should not use this medicine if you have breast cancer, liver cancer, or cancer of the uterus. Do not use this medicine if you have ever had a stroke, problems with blood clots, or jaundice (yellow skin or eyes) caused by pregnancy or birth control pills.

How Should You Use Tri-Levlen (Oral)

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.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • The schedule you follow for taking this medicine is different from the schedule for most other birth control pills. You will take active pills for 84 days in a row before you have a menstrual period. Your period will start during the 7 days you are taking the white inactive pills. This different schedule means you will have periods less often (about four times a year).
  • Unless your doctor tells you to use a different schedule, start taking this medicine on the first Sunday after your menstrual period starts. If your period starts on a Sunday, start taking this medicine on that day. Then continue taking one pill each day in the order they appear in the package.
  • The first time you use Seasonale®, you will need to use a second kind of birth control in addition to Seasonale® for the first seven days. Any time you miss taking your pills for two days or longer, you will need to use a second kind of birth control. Some other kinds of birth control include condoms, a diaphragm, or contraceptive foam or jelly.
  • It is best to take your pill at the same time every day. Birth control pills work best when there is no more than 24 hours between doses. It is very important that you take this medicine on schedule every day.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss one active pill, take it as soon as you can. Then take your next pill at the regular time. This means you may take two pills in one day.
  • If you miss two active pills, take two pills as soon as you can. Then take two pills on the next day. Then go back to your regular schedule of taking one pill every day. Use another kind of birth control until you have been taking active pills for seven days in a row.
  • If you miss three or more active pills, do not take the pills you missed. Go back to taking one pill every day, starting with the pill for the day you remember. For example, you may forget or miss taking your pills on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. If this happens, take your Thursday pill (do not take the three you missed) and continue with your regular schedule. Use another kind of birth control until you have been taking active pills for seven days in a row.
  • You could have light bleeding or spotting any time you do not take a pill on schedule. The more pills you miss, the more likely you are to have bleeding.
  • If you miss any white inactive pills, throw away the missed pills and go back to your regular schedule.

Proper Tri-Levlen (Oral) Storage

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

What To Avoid While Using Tri-Levlen (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 St. John's wort, rifampin (Rifadin®, Rifamate®), prednisolone, theophylline (Theo-Dur®), temazepam (Restoril®), aspirin, morphine (MS Contin®), clofibrate (Atromid-S®), cyclosporine (Neoral®), seizure medicine (such as felbamate, phenobarbital, Dilantin®, Felbatol®, Tegretol®, Topamax®, Trileptal®), medicines to treat HIV/AIDS (such as Agenerase®, Crixivan®, Invirase®, Norvir®, Viracept®), or antibiotics (such as ampicillin, griseofulvin, tetracycline).

Tri-Levlen (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding, or if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or high cholesterol or triglycerides in your blood. If you have migraine headaches, diabetes, or a history of depression, tell your doctor. People who have kidney disease or liver disease may need a different dose of medicine, so inform your doctor if needed. Make sure your doctor knows if you have breast lumps (nodules) or a family history of breast cancer, or if you have recently been pregnant.
  • Very rarely, this medicine can cause serious side effects such as heart attack or stroke. You are much more likely to have these side effects if you smoke cigarettes, are overweight, are over 40 years old, or have certain health problems. Some health problems that might increase your risk of serious side effects are having diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of blood clotting problems or high blood cholesterol. Talk with your doctor if you think you might be at risk.
  • You might have some light bleeding or spotting when you first start using this medicine. This is usually normal and should not last long. This bleeding is more common in women who use Seasonale® than women who use other kinds of birth control pills. However, if you have heavy bleeding or the bleeding lasts more than seven days in a row, call your doctor's office. You should not have a "normal" menstrual period until you start taking the white inactive pills. The inactive pills are the last seven pills in your package.
  • Call your doctor for a pregnancy test if your menstrual period does not start while you are taking the white inactive pills (the last seven pills).
  • If you have vomiting or diarrhea, you might need to use another kind of birth control for a few days. Ask your doctor, nurse, or other health caregiver.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.Also, you may need to stop using this medicine for a few weeks before and after having surgery, or if you will be on bed-rest or otherwise inactive.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. These check-ups are usually every six months to one year. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • This medicine will not protect you from getting HIV, AIDS, or other sexually transmitted diseases. If this is a concern for you, talk with your doctor.

Tri-Levlen (Oral) Side Effects

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

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Breast lump
  • Changes in vision, or bulging eyeballs
  • Depression or other emotional changes
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding or missed or late period
  • Spotting for more than 7 consecutive days while taking the pink (active) pills
  • Pain in your chest, lower leg (calf), or stomach
  • Severe or unusual headache
  • Sudden chest pain or trouble breathing
  • Swelling in your hands, feet, or ankles
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • Pain in upper stomach
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Breast tenderness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Trouble wearing contact lenses
  • Weight gain

Tri-Levlen (Oral) Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.5***~

 

(based on 4 reviews)

Effectiveness:

****

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Reviews

Tri-Levlen (Oral)
3.5

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *

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john watson, England - 07/04/2009

I suffer from excruciating migraines. I'm not sure of the side effects are worth what little help this medication provides. Some of the side effects that I experienced during the time that I was on this medication were exhaustion, chronic fatigue, muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, and an extremely irregular heart rate. My experience with this medication was absolutely frightening. I feel that this medication cannot be good for you and all patients should be made aware of all of the different side effects that it can cause before they take it. I began to wonder while taking this drug if it was what was the cause of so many of the horrible feelings that I had so I began to research on the Internet. Thanks to a few great sites I was able to discover that this medication was probably the cause of most of our problems. Have been off of this medication for quite some time, and the side effects are now gone. I feel a great deal better than I did when I was actually taking medication.

Tri-Levlen (Oral)
5.0

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****

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Tracey Lawson, logansport,IN - 05/05/2008

Topamax has worked great for me. I am a sufferer of a migraine condition called Occipital Neuralgia which is basically a 24 hour a day migraine. There are several side effects that I have experienced such as a tingling sensation in my feet and hands almost as if they are falling asleep. I have experienced hallucinations to the point that I see trails of light on any moving objects. The side effects only last about a half hour after taking the medication, and after suffering with the searing pain in my right eye every day, I welcome the minor side effects to stay pain-free. I had to stop taking Topamax while I was pregnant and nursing and I realized how much the medication helped me. Sometime I do forget to eat which has caused some weight loss and I do suffer from depression which has worsened while taking the medication. I have discussed this with my doctor and he assured me that we can deal with it.