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To help reduce the risk of pregnancy with Jolivette, dosing guidelines for the birth control pill must be followed carefully. Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily. Do not wait any days between packs (when you finish the first, immediately start a new one the next day). It is important to take your Jolivette dosage at the same time each day.

Jolivette Dosage: An Introduction

Jolivette® (norethindrone) is a generic version of Ortho Micronor®. There is only one standard dose of Jolivette. As always, do not adjust your Jolivette dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Although Jolivette is very effective when taken as directed, not taking Jolivette correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.

Basic Jolivette Dosing Instructions

Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 28 days (four weeks). After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not wait any days between packs (this may take a little planning, since you will need a new pack on hand). Unlike other types of birth control pills, every tablet in the pack contains hormones (there are no inactive or placebo pills and no breaks between pills).

Starting Jolivette for the First Time

It is best to start Jolivette on the first day of your period. You may start it on a different day, but you need to use a backup method of birth control (such as condoms) for 48 hours after starting Jolivette in this situation. Make sure to pick a time that works well for you, since you will have to take the pills at the exact same time each day. If you had a miscarriage or abortion, you can start Jolivette the next day.
If you are exclusively breastfeeding (if you are not supplementing with formula or food), you can start Jolivette six weeks after delivery. If you are not exclusively breastfeeding (if you are breastfeeding and using formula or food), you should start Jolivette three weeks after delivery.
Check with your healthcare provider about how and when to start Jolivette when switching from a different form of birth control (including other kinds of birth control pills).
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