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The standard dose of Kurvelo is one tablet a day. The first 21 tablets in each pack contain the active ingredients. The last seven tablets do not have any active ingredients; they give your body a break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period. Because missing doses increases your risk of pregnancy, it's important to take each pill at the same time each day.
Kurvelo® (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Nordette®. There is only one standard dosage of Kurvelo. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Kurvelo is quite effective when taken as directed; however, taking it incorrectly can significantly increase the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
Kurvelo comes in packs of 28 tablets, containing 0.15 mg of levonorgestrel and 0.03 mg of ethinyl estradiol in each of the first 21 tablets. The last seven tablets of each pack do not contain any active ingredients.
During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period. You may have breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods. This is especially common for the first few months you take Kurvelo. When this happens, keep taking Kurvelo as usual.
Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily. It should be taken at the same time every day. One pack will last for 28 days (4 weeks). After you finish one pack, 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.
When you take a birth control pill for the first time, you can usually choose to start either on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts. It is thought that starting on Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although this is not always the case. Make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions concerning when to start Kurvelo.
If you start Kurvelo on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need to use any backup contraception. If you choose a Sunday start, you 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).
Check with your healthcare provider for more specific instructions if you are starting Kurvelo after a birth, miscarriage, or abortion. Also check with your healthcare provider if you are switching from a different type of hormonal birth control, such as a different birth control pill, patch, ring, or injection.