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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I use trinessa birth control (a generic brand of ortho tricyclin lo). i am home for thanksgiving and i left my current pack at college. i have a pack here at home from the summer that is missing the first week of pills. can i just take blue pills from the pack that i have at home until i get back to school?
Doctor :   hi
User :   hi?
User :   hi
Doctor :  
please give me time to read through your history
User :   alright
Doctor :  
when was your last menstrual period?
Doctor :  
how many pills of the old pack have you taken?
User :   umm ... it was
User :   one second let me think
User :   im trying to calculate it out since i dont have it with me
User :   i know i was definitely into the blue pills
Doctor :  
how many days of pills have you missed?
User :   none
Doctor :   ok
User :   i just got home to california tonight and realized that my pills are in st XXXXXXXX haha
User :   i mean i would imagine that the blue pills are the same in all packs right?
Doctor :  
how many of the blue pills had you taken before leaving them?
Doctor :  
if the pack is of the same Trinessa, then they will be the same
User :   im trying to remember one second
User :   how would it be of a different trinessa?
User :   i've been getting them from the same pharmacy
User :   and its the same brand
Doctor :  
ok
User :   does that count?
Doctor :  
then it should be the same
Doctor :   check the expiry date before consuming them
User :   where would that be stated?
Doctor :  
and if you have not missed any pills any day then you can continue taking as normal
Doctor :  
if you have missed a day of pills, then take the missed pill immediately followed by the regular pill after 12 hours
User :   oh no
User :   they are expired
Doctor :  
then you will have to buy another pack of them
User :   so what should i do? i can't get get a prescription called into here though
Doctor :  
and start taking the blue pills
User :   and im gettingback to school on friday
User :   i get the pills through my school health care not through my primary plan
User :   if that makes sense
Doctor :  
if you miss the pills for more than two days
Doctor :  
then you will need to start a fresh pack altogether
User :   alright is it going to damage my health a lot though im nervous
Doctor :  
when was your last menstrual period?
User :   if i dont take them from the whole week
User :   i think 2 weeks ago
User :   ive been regular
Doctor :  
if your periods were two weeks before, then you will be in the fertile period now
User :   omg
User :   just kidding
User :   i found them
User :   phew close call
Doctor :  
but since you were taking the pils
Doctor :  
then the egg release will not be there
Doctor :  
and you can start the next pack when you get back to school
Doctor :  
not having the pills for a week will not hamper your health
Doctor :  
but not having precautions for intercourse might make you pregnant
Doctor :   for what reason are you taking the birth control pills?
User :   of course
Doctor :  
were they prescribed to you?
User :   i was taking them to control acne and to regulate my period
Doctor :  
or are you taking on your own?
User :   yeah my doctor said i could take them
User :   its through a study at my school
Doctor :  
ok
User :   a psychological study i guess
Doctor :  
then not to worry, you can start the next pack once you get back to school
User :   its just nice because they provide free birth control and you just have to answer surveys
User :   alright
User :   one more question
User :   i still have a little time right?
Doctor :  
missing a week of pils will not affect your health
Doctor :  
yes, please proceed with your query
Doctor :  
Please fill the feedback form while i answer your next query, and say done when done.
User :   i dont know if you could answer this
User :   but
User :   this is totally unrelated haha
User :   do u know how to control bacne
User :   body-acne in general
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
i will help you in this
Doctor :  
is the acne over the face or entire body?
User :   well i mean its not that severe really
Doctor :  
are the acne small, or are they having pus in them?
User :   i mainly have issues along my backside
User :   small
Doctor :  
ok
User :   maybe one in a few months big
User :   and how do i deal with scars?
Doctor :  
ok
User :   i dont pick at the ones on my back they just eave scars for some reason..
User :   sorry that sounds gross
Doctor :  
acne results due to inflammation due to the overactivity of the oil glands in skin
Doctor :  
you shuld never pick at them as it leads to scarring and also by picking at them you are likely to introduce infection and make them worse
User :   yea i don't think i do
User :   but they still scar?
User :   i don't know
User :   is there anything i can do to make them better?
Doctor :  
yes, picking at them leads to scarring
User :   not on my face just back
Doctor :   use Benzoyl peroxide mixed with water to wash them twice a day
Doctor :  
avoid oily and fried foods
Doctor :  
take a lot of salads
User :   alright and that should clear the acne up?
User :   and then is there something i can do about the scars to make them better?
Doctor :  
if the acne are really worrysome, get them examined, as you might need to start antobiotics to control them
User :   alright thanks ... anythingabout scars?
Doctor :  
acne scars are difficult to treat
User :   maybe a topical thing or do like normal scar reducing for cuts work?
User :   yeah ugh
Doctor :  
and it requires a lot of patience
Doctor :  
the permanent treatment for scars are through laser treatment
User :   alright i have some haha
User :   ok
User :   just one treatment?
Doctor :  
* During treatment, a series of lasers work beneath the surface skin layer to stimulate collagen growth, which helps improve scarring as well as minimize fine lines.


User :   or i guess i would look into a plastic surgeon place or dermatologst?
User :   this could be done on my back?
Doctor :  
laser treatment may require many sittings, the number of the sittings will depend on the type of scarring you have
Doctor :  
preferably dermatologist
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   alright nope thanks so much!
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form again , and say done when done.
User :   i think i already did
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