... Tri-cyclen Lo has discontinued their entire line of birth control? I called them this week to see why there is a shortage of OTCL. Shock! Was told they have discontinued the manufacture of all birth control! I asked why didn't they inform the pharmacies because the pharmacies just think it is on back-order. Reply was that the pharmacies can find the info on the FDA.com website. I said why would the pharmacies even think to look on the FDA website when they have no reason to believe the product has been discontinued, because you didn't tell them. (there is practically no info about this on FDA.com) Literally all 10 drugstores that I called this week did not know the Jansen BC pills are discontinued and all just thought it was on back-order. Would be nice if the manufacturer would inform the pharmacies so they could inform their customers that they will have to scramble to find an alternative. Big problem finding an alternative because all generics my daughter has ever tried (in order to save money) have caused severe acne within one week! So bad that she kept switching back to the name brand and costing $60 out of pocket per month. Plus I've seen many other users comment how the generics gave them debilitating anxiety, depression, PMS, acne, crying fits and other side effects. The acne is cystic which creates big deep painful acne which leaves permanent scars so this is no joke. We are seriously worried how we will find an alternative that prevents acne. If there is anyone out there that used to take Ortho tri-cyclen Lo and has found an alternative that works just as good as OTCL, please leave a comment. Lastly, how come I don't see anyone else commenting online about this? I'm sure there are many others affected by this discontinuation. Thanks
I just received a call today from my pharmacy saying they were receiving a back order message and that the manufacturer most likely discontinued making the product. I'm afraid to try the generic based on your daughter and others experiences with it. I've only ever taken OTCL and it worked well.
I have been calling around pharmacy after pharmacy asking if they carry Ortho-Cyclen & one said I think it was discontinued! It took multiple pharmacies to get that answer! Most pharmacists had no idea of the discontinuation of these products. I have been on this product for years . I tried the generics years ago but they give me anxiety so I went back to Janssen’s Ortho-Cyclen. I can not believe they have not notified anyone of the discontinuation of all their birth control! I will be calling their consumer hotline & complaining that this is not acceptable! Is this a result of Hurricane Maria? There was no information on that! I am really upset of this dilemma.
I have experienced the same thing! I have been on this pill for 10 years and can not take the generic form. I had to take the generic form starting in Jan 2019 after the pharmacy couldn’t get ortho in stock. Stopped after week 2 due to severe,depression, anxiety mood swings, brain fogs, fatigue. Do NOT take Tri Lo Sprintec this drug is the devil.
I am considering an IUD and go to my appt this week. I can’t afford all of the changes that the generic pills cause.
Janssen still makes it in Canada. You can go to urgent care there and get a script in Windsor etc at Walmart in Canada.
$60 out of pocket is a deal if the pill doesn’t make you psycho! I’ve tried many birth control pills & they all make me crazy depressed. One was $100 for the name brand. If I could find one that I could handle I would gladly pay.
Yes they discontinued the product and didn’t tell anyone. Insane right? Didn’t realized the manufacturer stopped making any birth control pill. But it’s the inactive ingredients that effect everyone differently. The active ingredients in all generics for tht brand, just like others, are the same. I would talk to your doctor (definitely GYNO) and tell them about what happened with each generic your daughter took. They can probably figure out which would be good. I used to take OTCL for about 5 or 6 years. Of course in tht time the insurance company wants you to try generics because they don’t want to pay for the brand name. I tried two and they didn’t work. An inactive ingredient in them accentuated other problems.
Now I’ve been taking Tri-Lo-Marzia. It’s not bad. But I can’t recommend that because people have different issues and side effects to things.
I do recommend, however, talking to her GYNO.
I JUST found out that this has been discontinued... I haven't had a problem getting refills until now. I have been taking OTC for years and have loved it. It has kept my acne under control, my periods short/light and regular, and I have minimal cramping. The generic is awful - I would just start my period right in the middle of a pack, and I'd get big pimples that hurt. I am SO mad about this! No one at the pharmacies in my area have any idea what's going on, and I'm in a panic trying to get my doctor to prescribe something else PDQ. If they're discontinuing this for a good reason, I'd sure like to know what it is!
I’m having the exact same issue right now (July 2019) I have been in OTC for over 8 years and have tried various forms of other birth control pills and NONE of them react well with my body. I have been calling so many different pharmacies and none of them seem to know why it is discontinued. Would you or anyone happen to know the number of where I can call and file a complaint? It’s been two weeks since I’ve been in my birth control and I’m afraid my body is not reacting well. One of the main reason why I take this brand is because of my acne. It’s been a very difficult struggle dealing with adult acne and OTC is the only birth control that works well. Kindly, please advise. Thank you!
- Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo Information for Consumers
- Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo (detailed)
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