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Elinest Dosage

When prescribed to prevent pregnancy, the standard Elinest dosage is one tablet taken once a day, at the same time each day. This birth control pill comes in a pack that contains 28 pills. Make sure you take the pills correctly and consistently, as missing doses increases your risk of pregnancy. It is also important to know what to do if you miss any pills.

An Introduction to Your Dosage of Elinest

It is important to take Elinest™ (norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) exactly as directed. Although Elinest is quite effective when taken as directed, taking it incorrectly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy. As always, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

How to Start This Medication

When you take Elinest for the first time, you can start it either on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start") or on the first Sunday after your period starts. Starting on a Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although this is not always the case. Be aware that if you choose a day 1 start, the labeled days on the pack may not be correct (they are labeled for a Sunday start only). Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions concerning when to start Elinest.
The big advantage of starting Elinest on the first day of your period is that you will not have to use any backup method of contraception, as you will be protected from pregnancy right away. If you choose a Sunday start, however, you will need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for the first week. If the first day of your period happens to be on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (no backup needed).
If you choose a Sunday start, you will start every pack of Elinest on Sundays. If you choose a day 1 start, you will start each pack on your initial start day; for example, if you first started Elinest on a Friday, you will start every pack on a Friday.
Check with your healthcare provider for more specific instructions if you are starting Elinest after a birth, miscarriage, or abortion or if you are switching from a different type of hormonal birth control (such as a different birth control pill, patch, ring, or injection).
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