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Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO (Norgestimate / Ethinyl Estradiol) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO (Norgestimate / Ethinyl Estradiol) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 7 ratings/reviews, Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO has an overall score of 6.86. The effectiveness score is 8.57 and the side effect score is 6.57. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO review by 27 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   acne
Dosage & duration:   1 pill/day taken once a day for the period of one year
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   multi-vitamin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Lighter periods, clearing of acne for the first 6-7 months.
Side effects:   I think it might have made the hair on my scalp thinner; irregular bleeding (this might have been due to my not always taking the medicine exactly at the same time each day).
Comments:   Even taking the medicine correctly, my skin started breaking out again and I've had to go to a higher dose formula.

 

Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO review by 34 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   birth control
Dosage & duration:   1 per day (dosage frequency: 1 per day) for the period of 3 years
Other conditions:   hypothyroidism
Other drugs taken:   unithroid
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   by taking as prescribed, the drug prevents pregnancy, regulates period, helps reduce acne.
Side effects:   slight weight gain
Comments:   Upon having irregular periods, my doctor prescribed the pill to regulate them. Upon taking the pill for a month, I found that my periods did become regular. In addition, the pill has so far prevented unwanted pregnancy. The only side affects I found were slight weight gain. However, this is easy to overcome with excercize. Therefore, I feel the benefits outweigh the side-effects of taking this medication.

 

Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO review by 19 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Heavy menstrual bleeding
Dosage & duration:   1 pill taken once a day for the period of a couple months
Other conditions:   Anxiety, depression, PTSD, hyperthyroidism
Other drugs taken:   Zoloft, PTU (Anti-thyroid medicine)
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None... did not make my periods any lighter
Side effects:   Weight gain... I gained 10-15 pounds while on the pill and because I'm only 4'10, that 10-15 pounds REALLY SHOWS. I've tried other oral contraceptives for my heavy menstrual bleeding and all of them do the same thing... they don't help regulate my menstrual bleeding but they do make me gain weight. In the future, when I need to use a method of birth control, I will not be using oral contraceptives... EVER!
Comments:   My sister is also on this pill (for birth control) and she has experienced many side affects from it, too.

 

Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO review by 25 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Pregnancy prevention
Dosage & duration:   Lo (dosage frequency: 1 pill per day) for the period of 4 months
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Prevented pregnancy, acne was lighter, predictable periods
Side effects:   Extreme nausea for first 3 months, migraines during 4th month, contact lense use was disrupted, some weight gain (about 3-5 pounds) after the 3rd month, moodiness, lethargic, increased appetite, breast tenderness and enlargement
Comments:   The side effects were very severe. Sometimes I thought I was pregnant because the side effects are similar to those of pregnant women. However, during the placebo pills, my period always came. I spoke with my pharmacist and she said if I have such side effects with this lower dosage I might get more severe effects with the higher dose. I am still taking this hoping to ride out the side effects as the severity seems to lessen over time.

 

Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO review by 35 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   contraception
Dosage & duration:   white - 0.180 mg norgestimate taken once a day for the period of 4 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   the medicine was for contraceptive purposes, which it achieved. The medicine also regulated the periods and made them on a more regular basis. It also cleared my skin and helped with acne.
Side effects:   The only side effects included breast tendiness and a slight headache during the first 2-3 days of the period. After stopping taking the contraceptive, headaches stopped, too.
Comments:   I took one pill a day for 28 days, starting on the first day of the period. I tried to take the pill at approximately the same time each day, to improve the effectiveness of the medication.

 

Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO review by 21 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   PCOS/ irregular periods
Dosage & duration:   N/A (dosage frequency: 1 pill a day) for the period of 8 years
Other conditions:   N/A
Other drugs taken:   N/A
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   clearer skin, did not affect weight
Side effects:   moodier then usual
Comments:   I've been taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo for about 8 years now. I'm (21) I began taking BC when I was 14 because I was having irregular periods and was diagnosed with possible PCOS ( Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome) Pros:The BC hasn't altered my appetite or weight...I have never suffered from severe acne but noticed that my skin appeared clearer while taking the pills... predictable periods...no cramps or bloating...Cons: the only negative side effect I noticed was that I was moodier then usual. Ortho Tri-Cyceln Lo has worked well for me...everyone is different so I can't say how it will work for everyone else. I hope this was helpful. My doctor recommended Yasmin but I'm scared to try it because of all of the negative reviews it has received!

 

Ortho TRI-Cyclen LO review by 22 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Birth Control
Dosage & duration:   1 per day (dosage frequency: 1 per day) for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I went from having terrible cramps to practically no cramps at all. No nausea, no headaches, no spotting. Boobs got a little bigger. No depression, no mood swings.
Side effects:   My sex drive was already very low, and now it's even lower. I feel like I could easily go without sex for the rest of my life. Because of this, I will be switching to another pill when this month is done. I gained a little bit of weight as well.
Comments:   N/A
 


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