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Orsythia Dosage

The standard dosage of Orsythia is one tablet taken by mouth each day. It's important to take this drug consistently and preferably at the same time each day. Not doing so increases the risk of pregnancy. If you forget to take Orsythia, what you should do depends on where you are in your cycle and how many pills you missed.

An Introduction to Dosing With Orsythia

There is only one standard dose of Orsythia™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so. Although Orsythia is effective when taken as directed, not taking it correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
 
(Orsythia is equivalent to Alesse®, Aviane®, Falmina™, and Luterabirth control pills. The information in this article also applies to these medications.)
 

Starting Orsythia

When you take Orsythia 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. Starting on a Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although this is not always the case.
 
If you start Orsythia 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).
 
Check with your healthcare provider for more specific instructions if you are starting Orsythia after a birth, miscarriage, or abortion, or if you are switching from a different birth control pill, patch, ring, or injection.
 
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