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Important Instructions for Taking Heather

Heather Dosing and Late or Missed Pills

It is very important that you take Heather every day (at the same time every day), even if you do not have sex very often. If you miss pills or if you are more than three hours late for any pills, take one missed pill as soon as you remember and then go back to your usual schedule. You need to use a backup method of birth control (such as condoms) for 48 hours after restarting the pills.
 

Heather Dosing and Late or Missed Periods

Irregular periods are a very common Heather side effect. It is normal to have your period earlier or later than expected, and it is normal to have bleeding or spotting between periods. This is one of the disadvantages of Heather.
 
However, you should make sure you are not pregnant if you have missed two periods in a row. You should also make sure you are not pregnant if your period is late and you have missed pills or taken pills late, especially if you did not use a backup method of birth control. In these situations, an over-the-counter pregnancy test works fine.
 

General Information on Taking Heather

Some considerations for people using Heather include the following:
 
  • Heather comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
     
  • Missing Heather (or other progestin-only) pills or taking them late is more likely to result in pregnancy, compared with combined oral contraceptives. It is essential that you take them at exactly the same time every day.
     
  • Each pack of Heather contains 28 pills. Make sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new pack right away.
     
  • You may have your period early or late while taking Heather. Keep taking the pills either way; do not stop taking Heather during your period.
     
  • It does not matter if you take Heather with food or on an empty stomach. If Heather bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills or take them even a few hours late. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of birth control (such as condoms).
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of Heather, please talk to your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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