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Important Info on Ortho-Novum

What If I Take an Overdose of Ortho-Novum?

Women who take too much of this medicine may experience the following symptoms:
 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Other menstrual irregularities.
     
(Click Ortho-Novum Overdose for more information.)
 

How Should It Be Stored?

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

What If I Miss a Dose?

Missing doses of Ortho-Novum 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 (see Ortho-Novum Dosage). If you are not sure what to do, refer to the patient information that comes with each pack of Ortho-Novum, or consult your healthcare provider.
 

Strengths of Ortho-Novum

Ortho-Novum comes in several different strengths, including:
 
  • Ortho-Novum 1/35 -- 1 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg (35 mcg) of ethinyl estradiol per active tablet (in the first 21 tablets of each pack), followed by 7 inactive tablets that do not contain any hormones
     
  • Ortho-Novum 1/50 -- 1 mg of norethindrone and 0.05 mg (50 mcg) of mestranol per active tablet (in the first 21 tablets of each pack), followed by 7 inactive tablets that do not contain any hormones
     
  • Ortho-Novum 10/11 -- Contains 28 tablets in each pack, with the following different phases:
 
    • Day 1 to 10 -- 0.5 mg norethindrone and 0.035 mg (35 mcg) of ethinyl estradiol per tablet
    • Day 11 to 21 -- 1 mg norethindrone and 0.035 mg (35 mcg) of ethinyl estradiol per tablet
    • Day 22 to 28 -- No active ingredients
 
  • Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 -- Contains 28 tablets in each pack, with the following different phases:
 
    • Day 1 to 7 -- 0.5 mg norethindrone and 0.035 mg (35 mcg) of ethinyl estradiol per tablet
    • Day 8 to 14 -- 0.75 mg norethindrone and 0.035 mg (35 mcg) of ethinyl estradiol per tablet
    • Day 15 to 21 -- 1 mg of norethindrone and 0.035 mg (35 mcg) of ethinyl estradiol per tablet
    • Day 22 to 28 -- No active ingredients.
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