When and How to Take Demulen

Some general considerations for when and how to use this form of contraception include the following:
  • Demulen comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day, at the same time each day.
  • Each pack of Demulen contains 28 pills. Make sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one right away, even if you are still having your period. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
  • You can take Demulen with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food. The high estrogen content in Demulen 1/50 (but not Demulen 1/35) may significantly increase the risk of stomach upset.
  • It is important to take Demulen every day and 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.
  • 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.

Dosing Information

It is important that you follow your Demulen dosing instructions carefully in order to avoid unintentional pregnancy. Two different doses of Demulen are available (Demulen 1/35 and Demulen 1/50). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Demulen Dosage for more information, including how to start taking it and what to do if you miss any pills.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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