Typical Dosage Recommendations
Patients should talk with their doctor and read the Ortho Tri-Cyclen
patient information packet in its entirety before beginning treatment,
as following the medication dosage guidelines is necessary to receive
the fullest possible protection from pregnancy.
is distributed as a pack of 28 pills, with 21 active pills that progress
through white, light blue, and blue. Inactive pills are dark green.
Patients undergoing treatment with Ortho Tri-Cyclen should take one
active pill in consecutive order a day for 21 days followed by one dark
green tablet a day for seven consecutive days. After this cycle is
finished, patients should begin a new pill pack the very next day.
Patients may either begin treatment on the first Sunday after the start
of their period (even if they are still bleeding) or within 24 hours of
the start of their period. Patients undertaking the Sunday start should
use an additional method of birth control during the first seven days of
Patients should take Ortho Tri-Cyclen every day at
the same time.
Missing a Dose of Ortho Tri-Cyclen
Patients should take Ortho Tri-Cyclen every day, as missing pills
increases the risk of pregnancy.
If you forget to take a pill
during week one, two or three of the packet, take the pill as soon as
you remember. This may mean you will take two pills during one day.
you forget to take two pills during week one or two of the packet, take
two pills on the day you remember and two pills on the following day.
You will need to use a back-up birth control method for the next seven
If you forget to take two pills in the third week or three
or more consecutive active pills anytime during the packet, follow the
For Sunday Starters:
taking one pill a day until Sunday. On Sunday throw away the rest
of the pill pack and begin a new pack that day. You will need to
use a back-up birth control method for the next seven days.
For Day One Starters:
- Throw away the rest of the pill
pack and begin a new pack that day. You will need to use a back-up
birth control method for the next seven days.
An overdose of Ortho Tri-Cyclen may
result in nausea, withdrawal bleeding and other complications. Contact
your doctor if you believe you or someone you know may have taken too
much of this medication.