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How Should They Be Stored?

Keep oral contraceptives in their original package. The packaging is designed to help you remember to take the tablets each day and in the right order. Keep the package at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Keep these and all other medications out of the reach of children.

What If I Miss a Dose?

Missing doses of oral contraceptives increases the risk of pregnancy. What you should do depends on how many tablets you have missed and where exactly you are in your cycle. Refer to the patient information that comes with each pack or consult your healthcare provider if you are not sure what to do.

Generic Oral Contraceptives

Currently, many, but not all, oral contraceptives are available in generic form. Interestingly, all generic oral contraceptives use their own "brand" names, not the usual generic names (see Generic Birth Control Pills).
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