How to Take Triphasil
Take Triphasil as your doctor prescribes; do not take larger amounts or for a longer time than prescribed by your doctor. You will take your first pill on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period begins. You will likely need to use back-up birth control when you first begin taking Triphasil.
You may have some breakthrough bleeding during the first three months, however if it continues or is very heavy, tell your doctor. If you must have medical tests or surgery, or will be on bed rest, you should stop taking Triphasil for a short period of time. Make sure your doctor or surgeon is aware you have been taking Triphasil.
Triphasil Side Effects
If you have any serious side effects such as sudden numbness or weakness, sudden headache, confusion, pain behind the eyes, problems with vision, speech or balance, chest pain, nausea, sweating, loss of appetite, jaundice, swelling hands, ankles or feet, or symptoms of depression, stop taking Triphasil and call your doctor.
If you have any of these more minor symptoms or side effects such as: mild nausea, vomiting, bloating or stomach cramps, breast pain, tenderness, freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, changes in weight or appetite, problems with contact lenses, vaginal itching or discharge, headache, dizziness, tired feeling, changes in your menstrual period or a decreased sex drive, you should continue taking Triphasil, but tell your doctor at your next visit.
The Effect of Other Drugs on Triphasil
Some drugs can make Triphasil less effective, which could lead to an unplanned pregnancy. These drugs include: Tylenol, vitamin C, prednisolone, Theophylline, cyclosporine, St. John's Wort, antibiotics, seizure medications, Seconal or any HIV or AIDS medications.
Keep in mind that no birth control pill will protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS-only a condom can do that.