When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to use the medication include the following:
  • Altavera comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
  • Each pack of Altavera contains 28 pills. Make sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new pack right away. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
  • It is important to take the medication every day, at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that is easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
  • You can take Altavera with food or on an empty stomach. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Storage Information

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

Who Makes Altavera?

Altavera is made by Sandoz, Inc. (see Generic Nordette).

Available Strengths

Altavera comes in packs of 28 tablets, containing 0.15 mg of levonorgestrel and 0.03 mg of ethinyl estradiol in each of the first 21 tablets. The last seven tablets of each pack do not contain any active ingredients.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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