Ortho Tri-Cyclen contains a combination of female hormones (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) that prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy.

Ortho Tri-Cyclen may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.ortho-tri-cyclen

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  • pplies to ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate: oral tablet

    As well as its needed effects, ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

    If any of the following side effects occur while taking ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate, check with your doctor immediately:

    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach pain
    absent, missed, or irregular menstrual periods
    change in vision
    changes in skin color
    chest pain or discomfort
    clay-colored stools
    dark urine
    dizziness or lightheadedness
    hives or welts
    itching skin
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    loss of appetite
    medium to heavy, irregular vaginal bleeding between regular monthly periods, which may require the use of a pad or a tampon
    nausea and vomiting
    pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
    pain, tenderness, or swelling of the foot or leg
    pains in the chest, groin, or legs, especially in the calves of the legs
    pounding in the ears
    redness of the skin
    severe headaches of sudden onset
    slow or fast heartbeat
    sudden loss of coordination or slurred speech
    sudden onset of shortness of breath for no apparent reason
    sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    vomiting of blood
    Some ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach cramps
    blotchy spots on the exposed skin
    breast enlargement or tenderness
    feeling sad or empty
    itching of the vagina or outside the genitals
    loss of interest or pleasure
    pain during sexual intercourse
    thick, white curd-like vaginal discharge without odor or with mild odor
    trouble concentrating
    trouble sleeping
    trouble wearing contact lenses
  • Ortho Tri-Cyclen (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) tablets General dosage information for the active ingredients contained in Ortho Tri-Cyclen: Ethinyl Estradiol / Norgestimate (oral tablet) Other Ortho Tri-Cyclen formulations: Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) tablets Please confirm that the medication forms on the dosage document(s) above are relevant for the specific drug you are interested in.