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redorangeyellow
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what do the different pills mean in the pack? what are white ones? and the light blue, dark blue, and green ones??
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Ashy
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We couldn't tell you; there are many, many different types of oral contraceptives. Your best bet is to call the place that prescribed the pills and ask them.
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this is a vague answer, but the different colors of pills in a pack are used to distinguish different concentrations of hormones. the exact concentration varies according to the brand and formulation. some pills are "monophasic" so all the pills are the same dose (plus a dose of sugar pills). other can be triphasic, so there are three levels of hormone (and plus sugar pills).

the pills should have come with a tiny pamphlet. if you are really bored and want to decipher it, the pamphlet will tell you the different concentrations of hormones in each color of pill.

here's an example (literature from a box of Triphasil)

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Six brown tablets, each containing 0.050mg levonorgestrel and 0.030mg ethinyl estradiol; five white tablets, each containing 0.075mg levonorgestrel and 0.040mg ethinyl estradiol; ten light-yellow tablets, each containing 0.125mg levonorgestrel and 0.030mg ethinyl estradiol; and seven light green tablets -- inert.

and if you want a translation of that, you can ask your doctor. but if you want a quick run down, pills often have something to simulate progesterone and estrogen. Look for the roots -gest for progesterone clones and estr- for estrogen clones. Then you can see the concentrations of each.

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DarkChild717
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Hey, Gummy--

I did get really bored, and I looked, but I could not find the break down in my pamphlet for my Ortho-Tri Cyclen. Where would I be most likely to find that information?


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Gumdrop Girl
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the literature is contained in this tiny accordion fold pamphlet that came with the pill dispenser. it's small and easy to overlook and lose, so you may have accidentally tossed it. the pamphlet is usually separate from the "warning" pamphlet (which has all the disclaimers and troubleshooting). if not, do you happen to have the original box the pills came in? or the wrappers?

I checked out http://www.orthotri-cyclen.com and they had the pamphlet in pdf format. the print was too tiny to read on my screen.
http://www.ortho-mcneil.com/products/pi/pdfs/cycltri.pdf

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DarkChild717
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I figured out why I missed it. The information regarding the contents of the pills is on the packaging itself, not in the pamphlet.

Thanks!


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