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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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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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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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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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...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