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Ortho Tri-Cyclen

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5.9  Effectiveness
5.6  Side Effects
5.8  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 8 Ortho Tri-Cyclen side effects and 2 Ortho Tri-Cyclen benefits.

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Treatment Information
Ortho Tri-Cyclen is a combination oral contraceptive containing the progestational compound norgestimate and the estrogenic compound ethinyl estradiol.

Each white tablet contains progestational compound, norgestimate, oxime, and estrogenic compound, and ethinyl estradiol. Inactive ingredients include lactose, magnesium stearate, and pregelatinized corn starch.

Each light blue tablet contains progestational compound norgestimate, estrogenic compound, and ethinyl estradiol. Inactive ingredients include FD & C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, lactose, magnesium stearate, and pregelatinized corn starch.

Each blue tablet contains progestational compound norgestimate, estrogenic compound, and ethinyl estradiol. Inactive ingredients include FD & C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, lactose, magnesium stearate, and pregelatinized corn starch.

Each green tablet contains only inert ingredients, as follows: D & C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, FD & C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and pregelatinized corn starch.
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 4.9% 13.8% 69.6% 9.4% 2.2%
Balance/Equilibrium 3.2% 4.1% 88.7% 1.8% 2.3%
Blood Pressure 1.4% 2.3% 93.6% 2.3% 0.5%
Breathing 2.3% 2.7% 91.4% 2.3% 1.4%
Confidence 3.1% 10.7% 76.9% 7.6% 1.8%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0.9% 1.8% 93.2% 3.6% 0.5%
Digestion 3.1% 4.9% 84.3% 5.4% 2.2%
Emotional Well-being 11% 19.8% 53.7% 11.9% 3.5%
Energy 2.7% 17.8% 68.9% 8.4% 2.2%
Eyesight 1.4% 4.5% 90.5% 3.2% 0.5%
Memory 3.1% 4.9% 89.3% 1.8% 0.9%
Mental Clarity 4.5% 10.7% 78.1% 4.5% 2.2%
Pain 5.4% 9% 76.1% 7.7% 1.8%
Patience 7.2% 13.5% 70.9% 6.7% 1.8%
Sexual Health 5.8% 8.4% 61.8% 19.1% 4.9%
Skin Complexion 4.8% 10.1% 49.8% 22.5% 12.8%
Sleep 2.2% 11.2% 79.8% 4.5% 2.2%
Stress Level 5.8% 19.6% 62.7% 7.6% 4.4%
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Commonly Reported Ortho Tri-Cyclen Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Acne 79% 10.2% 6.8% 2.3% 1.7%
Allergic Reaction 97.7% 0.9% 1.4% 0% 0%
Anxiety 65.1% 11.6% 9.3% 7% 7%
Blurred Vision 79.1% 9.3% 9.3% 2.3% 0%
Breast Tenderness 52.8% 25.7% 13.3% 6% 2.3%
Breathing Difficulties 93% 0% 7% 0% 0%
Change in Sex Drive 66.1% 12.7% 9.5% 5.9% 5.9%
Cold Symptoms 76.7% 11.6% 7% 4.7% 0%
Confusion 88.4% 7% 0% 4.7% 0%
Depression 67.1% 11.3% 8.6% 9.5% 3.6%
Diarrhea 81.4% 7% 7% 4.7% 0%
Dizziness 77.6% 11% 5.9% 3.7% 1.8%
Drowsiness 76.7% 9.3% 7% 7% 0%
Fatigue 70.4% 12.1% 8.1% 5.4% 4%
Fever 93% 2.3% 4.7% 0% 0%
Gas 83.7% 4.7% 11.6% 0% 0%
Headache 62% 15.8% 11.8% 8.1% 2.3%
High Blood Pressure 93.1% 2.9% 2.3% 0.6% 1.1%
Insomnia 86% 4.7% 4.7% 2.3% 2.3%
Irregular Bleeding 77.9% 10.4% 3.7% 2.5% 5.5%
Irregular Heartbeat 93% 2.3% 4.7% 0% 0%
Mood Swings 51.3% 14.7% 15.2% 12.5% 6.2%
Muscle Cramping 74.4% 9.3% 14% 2.3% 0%
Nausea 65.9% 17.7% 9.1% 5.5% 1.8%
Sensitivity to Light 90.7% 7% 2.3% 0% 0%
Sexual Dysfunction 86% 9.3% 4.7% 0% 0%
Stomach Ache 69.8% 16.3% 9.3% 4.7% 0%
Yeast Infection 85.1% 7.4% 3.3% 1.9% 2.3%
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Less Commonly Reported Ortho Tri-Cyclen Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Abdominal Pain 58% 18.8% 11.6% 7.2% 4.4%
Anxiety 71.8% 11.9% 6.8% 5.1% 4.5%
Benign Liver Tumor 99.5% 0% 0% 0% 0.5%
Blurred Vision 91.5% 4.5% 1.7% 1.1% 1.1%
Breast Cancer 99.1% 0.5% 0% 0% 0.5%
Breathing Difficulties 91.4% 3.4% 2.9% 0.6% 1.7%
Cervical Cancer 97.2% 1.9% 0% 0% 0.9%
Change in Weight 57.5% 26.5% 8.2% 5% 2.7%
Chest Pain 89.3% 6.1% 1.9% 0.9% 1.9%
Diabetes 99.1% 0% 0% 0% 0.9%
Eye / Vision Problems 93.9% 4.2% 0.5% 0.9% 0.5%
Irregular Bleeding 70.6% 17.6% 9.8% 2% 0%
Irregular Periods (women) 81.2% 6.2% 5.7% 2.8% 4%
Numbing Sensation 93.4% 2.8% 0.9% 0.9% 1.9%
Pain in Limbs 87.4% 7.4% 1.9% 2.3% 0.9%
Reduced Libido 82.8% 12.6% 1.1% 0% 3.4%
Thrombosis (Blood Clotting) 97.2% 0.9% 0.5% 0% 1.4%
Vaginal Discharge 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
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Episodes since taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen
Since taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Auto Accident 0.7%
Hallucination 0.4%
Hospitalization 1.1%
Seizure 0.4%
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User Comments about Ortho Tri-Cyclen
03 May 2014 It is something that really works for me. It is easy and small to use. It rid away my cramps which were extremely bad. I would recommend it to anyone who has extremely painful cramps during their menstrual cycle and to anyone trying not to get pregnant.
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10 May 2013 has anyone had any severe depression or feel less attracted to your signifigant other after stopping birth control? our marriage has changed drastically after my wife stopped taking them and she says she isnt attracted to me anymore. she doesnt even want to be around our kids anymore. i feel like im lost at sea here. completely.
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21 Mar 2013 So far I have no complaints about this birth control
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14 Feb 2013 Personally I do not know if the birth control is the reason for my recent body changes or if it is something else that may be causing these changes but since taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen my breast have been extremely sensentive, I have been overly tired and my mood swing have become worse. I've also have been experiencing weakness in my legs and truthfully I have never felt like this before taking this medication so the first thing I am going to do is call my doctor tomorrow morning and I am honestly thinking about stopping this medication
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19 Aug 2012 I don't see headaches listed anywhere. I definitely experienced headaches while taking this medication.
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