OK so i was reading other threads about what to do when you throw up after taking the pill and other people had said it takes about 3 hours for the pill to absorb, so my question is what should I do because I threw up 45 minutes to an hour after taking it? This happened yesterday so do I need to take 2 pills today and use a back up method for 7 days? Im on ortho lo, and I have a pack of pills I use just in case I lose a pill or whatever, so should I take a pill from that pack (yesterdays pill) and then the pill im supposed to take today? Help will be greatly appreciated!!
Ok, first of all you should call your OBGYN whenever you have a problem. They should be able to answer all of your questions and tell you how to go about your pill taking. Sometimes it is hard to get answers immediately on a place like this and panic sets in.
If calling them is not possible, take a pill as soon as possible (if you didn't take one after throwing up yesterday, take it now). Then take your next pill at it's scheduled time. If you were on a mini, you would have had to take it immediately after throwing up to provide adequate protection. But since you are on Ortho Lo, it would be the same case scenario as if you forgot a pill (as long as vomiting was within an hour after taking the pill).
I would think that you would be fine without using a backup method. But personally, I would probably use one for the next week, just to be safe.
One hour would not be enough time for the pill to be absorbed. In the future, take an extra pill from another pack if you vomit, provided you can keep the replacement pill down. Since this happened yesterday, you can take an extra pill today, as though you just forgot to take your pill yesterday, and then continue on taking one pill a day until you reach the end of your pack. Check your pill pack for instructions, but with most combined pills one missed day is not an issue. However, you are on a very low dose pill, so to be extra safe you can use condoms or abstain from sex until you've taken seven consecutive pills perfectly (on time, no interfering substances, not vomiting after taking them).
In the future, you can always call your pharmacist to find an answer to a question like this if it's the weekend or late at night, or you cannot reach your doctor. They can advise you on what to do.
ETA: I just checked the information for Ortho Tricyclen Lo and it says that one missed pill does not call for back up. However, it's up to you, and using back up for a week certainly would not hurt anything.
Last edited by Daisies4monkeys; 12-03-2005 at 08:24 PM.