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Generess Fe Dosage

The standard dose of Generess Fe used to prevent pregnancy is one tablet taken once a day, at the same time every day. Missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy, so if you have missed any pills, you may need to use a backup method of contraception temporarily.

An Introduction to Dosing With Generess Fe

There is only one standard dose of Generess™ Fe (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Generess Fe Dosage for Birth Control

When you take Generess Fe for the first time, start it on the first day of your period (within the first 24 hours after bleeding starts). When starting this pill on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need to use any backup form of contraception.
Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 4 weeks (28 days). After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not let any days pass between packs (this may take a little planning, as you will need a new pack on hand).
The first 24 tablets contain the active ingredients. The last 4 tablets do not contain any hormones, but they do contain iron to help prevent anemia. With these last 4 tablets, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.

What If I Miss Generess Fe Pills?

It is important that you take Generess Fe every day and at the same time every day, even if you do not have sex very often. Missing pills increases the risk of pregnancy. What you should do if you miss pills depends on how many pills you have missed and when in the cycle the pills were missed. Some general instructions for missed pills include:
  • If you miss one of the first 24 pills (the light-green tablets), take the missed pill as soon as you remember and take the next pill at your regular time, even if this means taking two pills at once. You do not need a backup method of contraception, as you will be adequately protected against pregnancy.
  • If you miss two light-green pills in a row during the first or second weeks of the pack, take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day. This should get you back on your regular schedule. You must use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, if you have sex in the seven days after you restart the pills.
  • If you miss two light-green pills in a row during the third week of the pack or three or more light-green pills in a row during any week, throw out the rest of the pack and start a new pack as soon as you remember. You need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week. You may not have your period as usual this month.
  • If you miss any of the last four pills (the brown tablets), throw away any of the pills you have missed and continue as usual. Missing these pills does not increase your risk of pregnancy, as long as you start your next pack on time. No backup contraception is necessary.
  • If you are unsure about what to do about missed pills, use a backup method of contraception until you can check with your healthcare provider. For this reason, it is a good idea to have a backup form of birth control available at all times.
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