i recently recieved a sample pack of loestrin 24 from my doctor. he did not explain very well on how to begin taking the pill. can someone, perferably a doctor, explain to me when it is the right time to begin taking loestrin 24? thanks
When can I start taking LoestrinÂ® 24 Fe?
Choose the day to begin your first pack of LoestrinÂ® 24 Fe. For instance, you may want to avoid having your period on the weekend. Talk with your doctor about which day works best for you. For more information, see the Patient Prescribing Information.
Should I take it at a certain time?
Choose a convenient time to take your pill. You should take your pill around the same time every day. For example, take your pill in the morning or evening before brushing your teeth. This helps ensure a steady level of hormones to prevent pregnancy. It also helps prevent breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods.
What should I expect when I begin taking LoestrinÂ® 24 Fe?
Your body needs time to adjust to any birth control pill.
You may experience light bleeding or spotting between your monthly periods during the first 1 to 3 pill packs. However, do not stop taking your birth control pillsâthe light bleeding or spotting will usually go away.
See your doctor if light bleeding or spotting continues after 3 months or if bleeding is persistent or prolonged.
What do I do if I miss my pills?
If you MISS 1 white, active pill:
1.Take it as soon as you remember. Take the next pill at your regular time. This means
you may take 2 pills in 1 day.
2.You do not need to use a backup birth control
method if you have sex.
If you MISS 2 white, active pills in a row in
WEEK 1 or WEEK 2 of your pack:
1.Take 2 pills on the day you remember and 2
pills the next day.
2.Then take 1 pill a day until you finish the pack.
3.You COULD BECOME PREGNANT if you have sex during the 7 days after you
restart your pills. You MUST use a non-hormonal birth control method (such as
condoms or spermicide) as a backup for those 7 days.
If you MISS 2 white, active pills in a row in WEEK 3 or 4 or MISS 3 or more white, active pills in a row at any time, see the Patient Prescribing Information or consult your doctor. Use a backup birth control method if you have sex.
What are the 4 brown pills? Should I take them?
Because LoestrinÂ® 24 Fe has 3 extra active, white pills, it has only 4 inactive, brown pills. The brown pills contain iron. Taking these pills keeps you in the habit of taking your pill every day. They also remind you when it is time to start a new pill pack.
For more information, go to loestrin24.com and read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.