Ortho Tri-Cyclen is a prescription birth control pill that is also approved for treating acne. It is a combined oral contraceptive that prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation and altering the lining of the uterus and cervical mucus. Each pack contains 28 pills that must be taken in order. Side effects may include breakthrough bleeding or spotting, nausea, and headaches.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (technically known as an oral contraceptive). Several other birth control pills are equivalent to Ortho Tri-Cyclen, including:
- Tri-Sprintec® (made by Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc.)
- TriNessa® (made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.).
In addition to its use for birth control, Ortho Tri-Cyclen is approved to treat acne.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen is made by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Generic versions of the drug are made by various manufacturers (see Generic Ortho Tri-Cyclen).