Ortho Tri-Cyclen contains estrogen and progestin hormones that prevent pregnancy. Ortho Tri-Cyclen is also used to regulate periods (menstruation) and to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Ortho Tri-Cyclen can be used for a number of other medical conditions as determined by a doctor.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen comes in tablet form to be taken orally. One tablet is taken every day. The time interval between dosage should not exceed 24 hours. For best results take the tablet at the same time every day. When the tablet is taken at night, symptoms of nausea or headaches, usually associated with oral contraceptives, may be significantly reduced. Do not miss a dose, as this will increase the chances of falling pregnant. You may experience light bleeding and nausea while taking the first 13 packs of tablets. These symptoms usually disappear. However, if they persist, you should consult your doctor.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. The next tablet should be taken as per your regular schedule. This may mean taking two tablets in one day. In this event, it is advisable to use a secondary form of contraception for the next seven days. If you miss more than one dose of Ortho Tri-Cyclen you must consult your doctor.
Before Ortho Tri-Cyclen is prescribed, you will need to be examined by a doctor. It is important to inform the doctor of your full medical history. An annual examination thereafter is recommended. Ortho Tri-Cyclen will not protect you against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) including HIV AIDS.