Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg is a medicine that is often used for contraception (to prevent pregnancy). It also may be used to treat irregular menstrual periods and other conditions not listed in this article. Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg works by preventing the release of the egg and its fertilization by the sperm. While the active ingredients of this medication are Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol, it also contains other inactive ingredients such as colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, magnesium stearate, talc, povidone, and others. Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg belongs to the group of medications called Oral Contraceptives. However, you should not use this product without the doctor’s approval because you may experience undesired results.
The manufacturer of Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg is Schering.
How to Administer Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg?
The recommended dose per day is usually one tablet or as directed by your doctor. Take the tablet whole by mouth with or without food. Use a glass full of water to swallow the tablet. Avoid other drinks such as alcohol because it may increase the risk of adverse effects. While swallowing, do not chew, break, or crush the tablet. To get a better effect from Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg, it is advised to follow the doctor’s recommendations carefully such as taking the tablet at a fixed time every day. To reduce the risk of nausea and stomach upset, you can administer the tablet with milk or light food.
It is not recommended to use this drug more often than your doctor prescribes because you may notice undesired results. In any case, if you are not noticing the desired result, your physician may increase the dosage for several weeks.
In case you are using the liquid form of Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg, it is recommended to use a special measuring spoon or device. Otherwise, you may get the wrong dose. If your health condition does not improve or if it worsens, talk to a doctor immediately.
Before taking Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg, you should share your medical history with your doctor. For example:
- Tell your physician if you have an allergy to the ingredients of the medicine or if you have any other allergies
- Blood clots
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease (such as cirrhosis, hepatitis B, and others)
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Thyroid disease
- Swelling (edema)
- Heart disease (such as heart valve disease, recent heart attack, heart failure, and others)
- Gallbladder problems
- Severe migraines or headaches
- High cholesterol or triglyceride (blood fat) levels
- High blood pressure
During pregnancy, Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg should be used when clearly needed only. Otherwise, this medicine may harm your unborn baby. Talk to a doctor before breastfeeding because this drug passes into breast milk. It may also reduce the production of breast milk.
- You should store this drug at room temperature and away from moisture and direct sunlight. However, it is not allowed to keep Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg in the bathroom.
- Keep away Levonorgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol from pets and children because they may be harmful to them.
There are some drugs and substances that may interact with Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg. Therefore, other medicines may increase the risk of adverse effects or decrease the effectiveness of the medicine. Inform your doctor about all products that you are using before taking this medicine. For example supplements, vitamins, prescription medicines, nonprescription medicines, herbal products, and others. Check some examples below:
- Mycophenolic acid
- Valproic acid
This medication may also interact with certain diseases. For example:
- Thyroid function tests
- Fluid retention
- Liver disease
- Glucose intolerance
- Hepatic neoplasms
- Abnormal genital bleeding
- Breast malignancy
- Retinal thrombosis
This document does not contain all possible disease and drug interactions. However, you should consult a physician before using Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg. Moreover, you should not start, stop, or change the dosages without the doctor’s approval because it may also increase the risk of adverse effects.
Doctors may prescribe different dosages for their patients. It depends on other drugs that you may be using, your age, the severity of the medical condition, and your response to treatment. If you have doubts about what dosage is better for you, discuss it with a doctor. In addition, continue using Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg even if you feel well because if you stop the treatment suddenly without the doctor’s approval, symptoms may return.
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If you forget to administer a dose, you should take it as soon as possible. However, if it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue the regular treatment. Do not double the dosage the next time to catch up because it may increase the risk of adverse effects.
Rarely, if you are taking more tablets than your doctor prescribes, you may notice an overdose. If you are noticing any of the following symptoms, stop using Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg and get medical help right away. For example irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting, breathlessness, and others. Talk to a physician for more details.
Adverse Effects of Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg
Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg like other medicines may give you some side effects. However, if your body adjusts to this medication, you may not experience any of the following adverse effects. Certain factors that can provoke side effects are dehydration, allergy, and overdose.
Common Adverse Effects
Most patients usually ignore this category of side effects. In any case, you should tell your physician if you notice any of the following adverse effects. Your healthcare professional may help you to prevent or avoid side effects. For example:
- Tenderness of the breast
- Missed or irregular menstrual periods
Severe Adverse Effects
In rare cases, you may notice this category of adverse effects. Stop taking Triquilar 0.05/0.03 mg and consult a doctor at once if you are experiencing any of the following side effects. Check below some examples:
- Swelling of the feet or ankles
- Breast pain
- Unusual weight gain
- Severe abdominal or stomach pain
- Mental disorders (such as depression, confusion, anxiety, and others)
- Dark urine
This article does not contain a complete list of adverse effects. In any case, inform your healthcare professional if you are noticing any of the side effects listed above or any other effects.