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Ortho Cyclen 21 day
(Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate)

Formulation : Packs

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No Generic Alternative Available

No generic alternative is available for this drug.

What is Ortho Cyclen 21 day /Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate used for?

Ortho Cyclen is a specific formulation of birth control pills that come in a twenty-one day package. These birth control pills are used for the prevention of pregnancy. Ortho Cyclen works by using female hormones (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) to change the mucus of the cervix in order to make it more difficult for sperm to contact the egg and for an egg to attach to the wall of the uterus.

How should Ortho Cyclen 21 day /Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate be stored?

Store Ortho Cyclen pills in their original packaging. Ensure that you store pills in a safe place that cannot be reached by children and that the packaging is in an area that is protected from heat, light and moisture.

General information

This medication should only be used by prescribed patient, do not give it to other people. The information provided is advisory only and does not contain all information pertaining to this medication. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for question about this medication.

How should I take Ortho Cyclen 21 day/Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate ?

Ortho Cyclen pills are a form of prescription medicine, and should be taken in the exact fashion outlined in your prescription to effectively work as a contraceptive. If your prescription is unclear, contact your healthcare provider for clarification. Ortho Cyclen comes in a twenty-one day pack. Your doctor will advise you to either start taking pills on the first day of your period or the first Sunday after your period starts. You will continue to take one pill each day for three weeks and then have a pill-free week. Ortho Cyclen pills are generally recommended to be taken at the same time each day in order to help you remember. If you miss one pill, you will increase your risk of becoming pregnant, and at that point it is extremely important to follow the directions on your prescription regarding missed pills. You can also contact your healthcare provider for more information about missing a pill.

When should Ortho Cyclen 21 day /Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate not be taken?

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Ortho Cyclen, do not use this form of birth control. If you have: liver disease or cancer; a hormone related cancer; a history of stroke or circulation problems; blood clotting problems; abnormal vaginal bleeding; migraine headaches; or a history of jaundice, taking Ortho Cyclen is not recommended. Women who are pregnant or suspect that they may be pregnant should not take Ortho Cyclen in any circumstance. Women who are currently breastfeeding should not use Ortho Cyclen as it passes into breast milk and may have negative effects on a young child.

What precautions should I follow when taking Ortho Cyclen 21 day /Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate ?

Before taking Ortho Cyclen, it's important to tell your doctor if any of the following apply to you: you have or are developing breast cancer; you have depression; you have diabetes; you have a history of eye problems; you are taking any other medications (especially fibroids); or if you have heart disease in order to determine whether it is safe for you to take Ortho Cyclen.

What special warning(s) should I be aware of when taking Ortho Cyclen 21 day /Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate ?

Although Ortho Cyclen is an effective contraception, it does not provide protection for sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV/AIDS. For protection against these, use latex condoms.

When should Ortho Cyclen 21 day /Ethinyl Estradiol/Norgestimate not be taken?

Severe Side Effects: abdominal or stomach pain; coughing blood; severe headache; loss of coordination; loss of vision or change in vision; chest, groin, or leg pains; shortness of breath; slurring of speech; numbness in limbs; changes in menstrual bleedin

Common Side Effects: abdominal cramping; vomiting; acne; unusual tiredness or weakness; swelling of feet and ankles; dizziness; nausea; breast pain, tenderness or swelling; or abdominal bloating.

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