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Birth Control Pills

What If I Take an Overdose?

Women who take an overdose of birth control pills may experience the following symptoms:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Other menstrual irregularities.
(Click Birth Control Pill Overdose for more information.)

How Should Birth Control Pills Be Stored?

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

What If I Miss a Dose?

Missing doses of birth control pills 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. Refer to the patient information that comes with each pack of pills or consult your healthcare provider if you are not sure what to do.

Generic Birth Control Pills

Currently, many, but not all, birth control pills are available in generic form. Interestingly, all generic pills use their own "brand" names, not the usual generic names (see Generic Birth Control Pills for more information).
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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