Triphasil Oral Contraceptive
Triphasil is a combination oral contraceptive (contains both estrogen and progestin) commonly prescribed to prevent pregnancy. It works by causing changes in the mucus of the cervix which makes it difficult for sperm to penetrate and for an egg to implant. It may also be used to treat acne in women 14 years of age and older or to regulate the menstrual cycle.
Triphasil does not protect against HIV/AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases.
Do not use this contraception if you
- are pregnant or you recently had a baby.
- have a history of stroke or blood clot, circulation problems (especially if caused by diabetes)
- have a hormone-related cancer such as breast or uterine cancer
- have abnormal vaginal bleeding
- have liver disease
- have severe high blood pressure, migraine headaches, a heart valve disorder,
a history of jaundice caused by birth control pills
- you smoke and are over the age of 35
Before using Triphasil, tell your doctor if you have:
High blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart failure, angina (chest pain), or a istory of heart attack; high cholesterol or if you are overweight; a history of depression; gallbladder disease; diabetes; seizures or epilepsy; a history of irregular menstrual cycles; a history of fibrocystic breast disease, lumps, nodules, or an Abnormal mammogram; uterine fibroid tumors; varicose veins; or tuberculosis.
How to use Triphasil
Take Triphasil at the same time everyday, once a day. Do not skip any pills as your risk of pregnancy will increase. You can take your first pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins.
Triphasil side effects
Serious side effects: Sudden headache, confusion, pain behind the eyes, problems with vision, speech, or balance; chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling; a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches; nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundices, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; symptoms of depression.
Common side effects: Mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps; breast pain, tenderness, or swelling; freckles, darkening of facial skin; increased hair growth, loss of scalp hair; changes in weight or appetite; problems with contact lenses; vaginal itching or discharge; changes in your menstrual periods, decreased sex drive; headache, nervousness, dizziness, feeling tired.
This information is advisory only. It does not contain all information about this medication. If you have any questions about Triphasil, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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