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For almost over a year now, I've taken Levlen 28 as my birth control. I get the meds. through mail-order because my parents live in Washington and I'm in NC, so my doctor is w/them. One month, I went without the birth control because it got lost in the mail and found how wonderfully my skin cleared up.

I spoke to my doctor and she's now prescribed me a generic form of Ortho Tri Cyclin, called Tri-Sprintec, that I'm supposed to start trying until my next check up, about 2 months from now.

My question is, can anyone give me some advice or insight into switching brands of pills and any side effects I might experience? I just finished my period yesterday, and I took my first pill of Tri-Sprintec about 3 hrs. ago, as instructed. I've had a headache all day, which could be from too much sleep or my period ending, who knows, but in the last several hours like about 7 hrs, I've had some pretty nasty nausea, dizziness, and hot flashes. Could these be part of my switch over?

Any advice is well appreciated. Thank you in advance.


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Switching brands of pill means switching doses of hormones. This can cause some of the symptoms you mentioned.

When i first started the pill, or was making any switches, i took my pills at night, w/ an anti emetic (such as dramamine/gravol). This way i slept through most of the icky side effects. Once you are no longer having these side effects (usually a cycle or two), you can take your pill at whatever time you normally do. Make sure if you're going to switch the time you take your pill, you do it at the beginning of your pill pack.

If you really cannot deal w/ the side effects, don't hesitate to go back to your doctor before the 2 months. No one pill is for everyone. If you can manage it though, the side effects usually dissipate within a few cycles, and taking the pill at night (w/ an anti emetic) really made a world of difference for me.

Also, if you're using the pill for birth control, i would strongly suggest using a backup method of birth control for the first cycle. There have been cases where women do get pregnant when making a switch between doses. This is more of an issue when making a switch to a lower dose pill ... I can't seem to find the specifics about these pills online, but you can call your doctor or pharmacist for more information about whether this is an issue for you.

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