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Instructions for Missed Zarah PIlls

What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?

It is crucial that you take Zarah every day and at the same time each day, even if you do not have sex very often. Missing pills increases the risk of pregnancy.
What you should do if you miss a dose of Zarah depends on how many pills you missed, whether you are a day 1 starter or a Sunday starter, and when in the cycle the pills were missed. If you are ever unsure what to do about missed pills, be sure to use a backup method of birth control (such as condoms) until you can contact your healthcare provider for further instruction.
If you miss one blue "active" pill, take the missed pill as soon as you remember and take the next pill at your regular time, even if this means taking two pills at once. You do not need a backup method of contraception, as you will be adequately protected against pregnancy.
If you miss two blue "active" pills in a row during the first or second weeks of the pack, take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day. This should get you back on your regular schedule. You must use a backup method of contraception if you have sex in the seven days after you restart the pills.
If you miss two blue "active" pills in a row during the third week of the pack (or three or more blue "active" pills in a row during any week), your instructions will vary, depending on whether you are a day 1 starter or Sunday starter.
If you are a day 1 starter, throw out the rest of the pack and start a new pack as soon as you remember. If you are a Sunday starter, take one pill every day until Sunday. On Sunday, throw out the pack and start a new one (this keeps you on track as a Sunday starter). Either way, you need to use a backup method of contraception for a week, and you may not have your period as usual this month.
If you miss any of the seven peach-colored "inactive" pills, throw away any of the pills you missed and continue as usual. These pills do not contain any active ingredients; they are used to remind you to start the new pack on the right day.
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