: Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo
: Ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate
: Birth Control
: Brand name Janssen-Ortho Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo 21 & 28 day packages
How Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo Works
Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo is the brand name given to a combination of the drugs ethinyl estraidol and norgestimate. Containing female hormones, when these drugs are used in combination, they work to prevent the release of an egg from the ovaries (ovulation). Additionally, they change the mucus in the cervix and uterine lining, making it more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus and for sperm to reach the uterus. Practically speaking, Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo is used to prevent pregnancy.
Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo Possible side effects
Use Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo exactly as it has been prescribed to you. Follow the directions on the prescription label and never hesitate to contact a medical professional if you feel this product may be affecting you adversely. Seek out emergency medical attention if you exhibit any of signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, labored breathing, or swollen face/lips/tongue/throat. If you experience any of the following side effects, cease use of Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo and contact your doctor:
• Breast lump
• Chest pain/heavy feeling
• Jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes)
• Pain spreading throughout arms and shoulders
• Problems with vision and speech
• Respiratory problems (including sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood)
• Sudden numbness or weakness (particularly if isolated to one side of the body) Nausea
• Sudden, severe headache
• Swollen extremities (including hands, feet & ankles)
• Symptoms of depression
Other, less serious side effects that may not require medical attention (but should still be monitored) include breast tenderness or swelling, nipple discharge, changes in menstrual cycle or weight or appetite, darkening of skin on face, freckles, decreased sex drive, increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair, nausea, problems with contact lenses, or vaginal itching or discharges. Monitor yourself and contact a doctor immediately if you have concerns about how Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo might be affecting you.
Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo Guidelines
There are certain drugs which can work against the effects of Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, resulting in a possible unwanted pregnancy. Prior to using this product, tell your doctor about all medications you are currently using but particularly:
• Antibiotics or tuberculosis medications
• Bosentan (Tracleer)
• Hepatitis C medications
• HIV/AIDS medications
• Phenobarbital, other barbiturates
• Seizure medications
• St. John’s wort
• Tranexamic acid
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