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Ortho Tri-Cyclen vs Tri-Sprintec
Sex & Intimacy / 4:56 PM - Thursday April 27, 2006

Ortho Tri-Cyclen vs Tri-Sprintec

This one's mainly for the ladies. And, it's all about birthcontrol... A little icky, so don't go anyfurther if you are squeamish. Appologies in advance if it is a bit long-winded.

My OB/GYN prescribed me OrthoTri-Cyclen birthcontrol. Monthly, I would trek half an hour to pick it up at my clinic, as it was covered by my temporary state health plan. After several months, the receptionist suggested writing me a prescription for 12 months, so I don't have to keep returning to the clinic. This way, she said, I could just call my local Rx and pick it up there much more conveniently. I was happy. That evening, I went to my Rx to get my prescription. Stupid me didn't check the bag before I left and drove home. I get home, rip open my packet.... and it's TOTALLY the wrong med! I got in my car, drove BACK to the Rx, and told the Pharmacist he gave me the wrong prescription. He clarified that it was the "cheaper" version of Ortho-TriCyclen and assured me it was the 'same'.

(The reason I got the SHITTY version was because the doctor did not write "D.A.W." on my prescription. I was totally pissed and had no choice but to bring this SHIT home with me. I called my clinic the next day, expressing my dissatisfaction. I asked what I could do and expressed that I was extremely upset that I was not notified that my medicine was changed. I asked what could be done to rectify this. She THEN filled me in on the "new law" in NYS for Medicare/aid. It states that the Rx must give out the "knock off" if the ps does not specify "Dispense as Written", because the state will no-longer pay for the name-brand drugs).

I TOTALLY HATED the idea of switching meds, since it took me so long to get used to it in the first place. Although I was told the cheap pill should be the SAME, I still didn't trust that it would be. After all... it's a different pill with a diffrent name. I asked the clinician what my options were and she suggested I try this new garbage. Otherwise I would have to pay out of pocket for the other pill. So I said, "Well, since I was coming here monthly ANYWAY picking up the Ortho-TC, could I just come to the clinic to get what I WANT?" The answer was NO. WHAT????

So, I decided to suck it up and just try this pill... I read the ingredients... they APPEARED the same. For the last three months I have been taking this pill... and IT SUCKS! (WARNING: BOYS, THIS IS WHERE IT GETS ICKY) My period is completely outta Whack now... I went from totally normal periods on Ortho-TC (3-4 days, med/heav. Bleeding, last day light. Done) to periods that come a week early, last 10-14 Days, are black/brown/gross for most of it. And THEN, just when I think it is over, BAM... I am bleeding again, THIS time med/light and NORMAL PINK/RED color.

WHAT GIVES? I haven't a clue what to do to get my old pill back. This new pill is DEFINITELY not working out for me. Please, any suggestions would really be appreciated....

Thanks so much for listening!

- Asked by clarachk, A Thinker, Female, 29-35, New York, Science / Engineering

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im sorry im in the uk and havent heard of the brands of birth control you talk about but on a sympathetic note i have just started using a birth control pill for the first time. im having exactly the same issues that you mention. it just makes me feel gross and shit most of the time. i have been informed that its my body adjusting to the change in hormone levels and will sort itself out. what am i to do till then? im a real person! Hope you get this sorted tho.

- Response by red69, A Life of the Party, Female, 26-28, Student

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I had the same period issues you did for years.. then I went on the nuvaring and i swear I will never use anything else. it made my cycle regular.. no side effects and more effective then the pill.. talk to your gyno about it.. I know what a pain this is.. but nuvaring might be perfect for you.. three weeks in, one out.. its very simple to use (the site is nuvaring d o t c o m..

- Response by smartblond, A Sweet Sarah, Female, Who Cares?, Charlotte, Self-Employed

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go back to your doctor - NOW!! call right now and get an appointment...NOW!!! make a list of all the problems you are having

and stop taking this perscription!!

please...use another method for birth control until you get to that appointment and get another perscription...

- Response by azgoddess, A Hippie Chick, Female, 46-55, Artist / Musician / Writer

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stop taking this birthcontrol pill!! and stop now!! this is NOT good!! Call up your doctor and go in and see her, and tell her exactly what happend and what is happening to you now.... Make her change the RX for you.. This should not be happening (and the pharmacy is suppose to let you know if there is changes in your medication before hand)

- Response by lilfivel3, A Life of the Party, Female, 29-35, Who Cares?

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Go back to your doctor and tell her what's been happening. EVEN IF this is a cheaper "version" of the same BCP, each company uses different fillers for their medications and this could be what's causing you the problem...OR your body may just plain old not like this pill and you'll have to try something different. I refuse to take the pill because of all the weird side effects I have experienced. Good luck to ya anyway!

- Response by a12477, A Thinker, Female, 29-35, Seattle, Administrative

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I was on the same pill and had the same type of period and on top of that I turned into a total monster and they put me on Zoloft with it. I will say however that all that did go away (with the exception of the moodiness). I have since switched to Yasmine and I've reacted a lot better to it and I'm not so moody any more.

- Response by amberlily3, A Thinker, Female, 29-35, Tampa, Who Cares?

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Go back to the clinic and ask them to write the Dispense As Written on it!

Then go to a new pharmacy and get your prescription Orth Tri Cyclen. I'm on OTCylen. It's great and when I looked at the Trinessa generic label it had a bit more estradiol in it than the OTCyclen. So I think affects moods and cycles more. Also I read that the generic versions of OTCyclen are horrible.

I don't remember the website but there IS a website out there with comprehensive and many patient reviews of prescription medications, including birth control reviews. The women all said the same thing you did, that they hated the generic version. There is a difference in the chemical formulas of the generic version I got and the brand name bcp. I think you should talk to your clinic and tell them what's going on. If they can't fix the pill thing, consider getting on another form of birth control pill (they have the ring,etc).

- Response by A Cool Mom, Female, Who Cares?, Denver

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I have the same problem. i originally had my Rx for Ortho but my isurance charged me $55. i said i am not paying that every month so i asked for the generic version. prior to getting on birth control i had irregular periods due to polysistic ovarian syndrom. i had my period sometimes for 12 days but it was light barely any cramping it was just long as hell! so i tried birth control. when using this crap version for the first month, my period was so heavy and i was so cramped up that I had to call out of work for one day. no type of pain meds worked. i was taking six advil and i was still in severe pain. FF to the 3rd month, the cramping wasnt as severe but my period was super heavy for all 4 days. i used the always overnight pads in the purple package in the daytime i went through 4-5 pads during the daytime. when previously on no pill i only used them at night and there was barely anything. my periods were super duper heavy i couldnt believe it.

the mood swings were crazy. i had a slight case of pms before but it wasnt anything big. being on these pills has turned me into a monster! it has given me PMDD for sure. i cry all the time then get extremely angry. my relationship has suffered because of my emotional outburst and mood swings. reacting to everything in a severe off balance way. its too much. when i go back to the doctor i am going to talk to him about this and get his opinion on generic vs. designer BC. i used ortho a long time ago and i never remember feeling like this or my periods being like this. i might just have to pay the $55 and call it even because these pills are terrible

- Response by A Hip Hop Girl, Female, 29-35

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- Response by johnnyottawa2002, A Player, Male, 36-45, Providence, Other Profession

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