Ortho Tri-Cyclen (generic name: levonorgestrel / ethinyl estradiol; brand names include: Triquilar) is a low-hormone birth control pill used to prevent pregnancy in women.
What is Ortho Tri-Cyclen?
It is an oral contraceptive used to avert pregnancy, and it is a combination of two female hormones - progestin and estrogen. The drug creates a barrier for sperm reaching the womb and for a fertilized egg attaching to the womb, prevents ovulation, changes consistence of cervical mucus and uterine lining. Note that Ortho Tri-Cyclen does not serve as protection against STDs (gonorrhea, HIV, chlamydia etc.). But this preparation makes menstruation more regular, reduces pain and loss of blood during menstruation days. It also decreases the risk of cysts in ovaries and is widely used for acne treatment. You can buy Ortho Tri-Cyclen online and in many drugstores, as long as you have doctor’s prescription.
How to take Ortho Tri-Cyclen?
Ortho Tri-Cyclen is taken once a day every day, preferably always at the same time. Depending on a pack, you will have pills with different hormonal activity. Thus it is crucial to strictly follow your doctor’s recommendations and instructions to the drug. Normally you will be advised to start with the first pill in a pack and carry on in the according order at all times. Do not forget taking a single dose. If you do though remember to use extra contraception such as condoms or spermicides.
When not to take Ortho Tri-Cyclen?
You should not use Ortho Tri-Cyclen in case of pregnancy or recent childbirth. Do not take the medication if you have at least one of the conditions mentioned below:
- heart disease
- heart attack
- problems with circulation
- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- blood-clotting disorder
- blood clot
- diabetic issues (eyes, kidneys)
- liver cancer
- liver disease
- anomalous vaginal bleeding
- severe migraines
- age above 35
- regular smoking
- uterine or breast cancer
- jaundice as a result of taking birth control drugs.
Among a set of strong and mild side effects Ortho Tri-Cyclen may cause a heart attack in case of some heart conditions, problems with liver, swelling in ankles, hands or feet, severe (stronger or more frequent than before) migraines, breast lump, depression, blood clots or stroke, especially with overweight recipients. While taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen you may also experience nausea or vomiting, agitation, dizziness, darkening of facial skin (including freckles), scalp hair loss, problems wearing contact lenses (dry eye), tenderness in breasts, increased or decreased appetite, vaginal discharge or itching, irregular menstruation, rash. More adverse effects, not listed above, can occur.
Some medications such as antibiotics, HIV/AIDS preparations, hepatitis C meds, anti-seizure drugs and barbiturate sedatives can reduce the effect of Ortho Tri-Cyclen. To prevent pregnancy use extra contraceptive measures.
Where to buy Ortho Tri-Cyclen?
Even though you can buy Ortho Tri-Cyclen online or in any other traditional drugstore, you will first need to consult with your physician. They will prescribe the right dosage for your individual needs.