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Friend takes ortho tri-cyclen for acne and is a sunday starter. However, she started on the thursday after. Are there any health consequences?

Friend takes ortho tri-cyclen for acne and is a sunday starter. However, she started on the thursday after. Are there any health consequences?

No health problems: So she started the pill later than she should have and this might lead to some cycle irregularity and abnormal breakthrough bleeding. But it is not harmful. She should expect some irregular bleeding and definitely needs to use back up birth control for the next 2 months. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Is ortho tri-cyclen a good medication for acne managment along with retin gel?

Is ortho tri-cyclen a good medication for acne managment along with retin gel?

It can be.: Retin A is usually an effective topical treatment for acne. Many girls/women also take birth control pills, such as Ortho Tri Cyclen, (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) which can also help to control acne. ...Read more

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I take ortho tri-cyclen lo for my acne. Missed 1 pill in wk 2. Took it next day. Missed 2 days in a row &caught up next days.Start new pack or finish?

I take ortho tri-cyclen lo for my acne. Missed 1 pill in wk 2. Took it next day. Missed 2 days in a row &caught up next days.Start new pack or finish?

Protection: For the acne, you can just finish the pack. For pregnancy protection, whether you finish the pack or start a new pack, you should use another method of contraception, such as condom, for another cycle. ...Read more

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2 yr on ortho tri cyclen for hormonal acne. Break out during first 3 weeks of the pills but clear during last week (period week) what does this mean?

2 yr on ortho tri cyclen for hormonal acne. Break out during first 3 weeks of the pills but clear during last week (period week) what does this mean?

Common: You will have much less acne if you add spironolactone. Give it 3 menst cycles to see full effect. Dose 25 to 200mg once a day, most often 100mg. Not expensive @$16 for 3 months. Usually well tolerated. Anti androgen. Not if pregnant or kidney failure. ...Read more

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How long until ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) will take effect to help my acne?

How long until ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) will take effect to help my acne?

Maybe never: Some women do great on this kind of hormonal manipulation, others fail. If it isn't gone in a few weeks, consider adding a topical Clindamycin preparation with or without a retinoid acid derivative. ...Read more

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How long does it take before ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) works for acne?

How long does it take before ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) works for acne?

Don't know.: Otc works more like a prevention instead of treatment. So it may takes several cycles to start seeing the "effect". ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i switch from ortho tri-cyclen to micronor, (norethindrone) will my acne come back?

Can you tell me if i switch from ortho tri-cyclen to micronor, (norethindrone) will my acne come back?

Possibly so: Micronor (norethindrone) is a progestin only medicine and you are more likely to have acne with it vs. the other BCP. Doesn't mean however that you will. It might be worth a try. ...Read more

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I take ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo for acne. I have two menstrual cycles a month sometimes, is this normal side effects?

I take ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo for acne. I have two menstrual cycles a month sometimes, is this normal side effects?

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Can I take birth control like ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo for years to clear my acne? Is this safe?

Can I take birth control like ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) lo for years to clear my acne? Is this safe?

Yes: If it is otherwise appropriate. The oral contraceptive pill also offers other health advantages that aren't well-known, even if you do not need birth control. There are also risks. Your physician will hep you make an informed decision. ...Read more

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I am taking Ortho Tri Cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) Lo birth control for acne. It has cleared up my skin quite a bit, will acne return when I decide to stop taking the pill?

I am taking Ortho Tri Cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) Lo birth control for acne. It has cleared up my skin quite a bit, will acne return when I decide to stop taking the pill?

Possibly : Sometimes you outgrow acne and in that case it won't recur but birth control pills just treat the acne. They don't cure it. You can stop them and see if you have outgrown it and restart them and they should still work for you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is Ortho tri cyclin called in Europe? Is it the best pill for acne I heard Diane 35 yasmin yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) are not SAFE

What is Ortho tri cyclin called in Europe? Is it the best pill for acne I heard Diane 35 yasmin yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) are not SAFE

Why do you ask?: i would urge you not to believe everything you hear or read online. Your situation is already serious -- you are a woman already on isotretinoin for severe acne which may end up mutilating you if it is not managed. Have a frank talk with a physician you trust and then make a joint decision about possible use of a hormonal preparation. ...Read more

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Ortho tri-cyclen lo pill, what is this for?

Ortho tri-cyclen lo pill, what is this for?

Birth control: tri cyclen lo is a lower dose pill that came out after ortho tri cycle. In addition to providing birth control, it also helps reduce mild cystic acne in patients and provides menstrual cycle control ...Read more

Ortho Tri Cyclen (Definition)

Ethinyl estradiol|norgestimate is a single phase contraceptive which is a kind of oral contraceptive (women's ...Read more


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