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Each pack of Zarah contains 28 tablets (21 of which are "active"). These tablets should be taken in order, and each Zarah dose should be taken at the same time each day. Keep in mind that missing pills will increase your risk of pregnancy. If you are having trouble remembering to take them, let your healthcare provider know.

An Introduction to Dosing With Zarah

There is only one standard recommended dose for Zarah™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol). As is the case with any medication, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Important Information on Your Zarah Dosage

When you take Zarah for the first time, you can start it either on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts. If you start Zarah on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need 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). If you switch from another type of birth control pill, start taking Zarah on the day you would normally start a new pack of birth control pills (no backup necessary).
Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet 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 first 21 tablets (which are blue) contain the active ingredients. The last seven (the peach-colored tablets) contain no active ingredients. By taking these tablets, your body gets a break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period. Contrary to popular belief, these inactive pills do not "make" you get your period; it is the absence of the hormones that has this effect.
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