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Demulen

What If I Take an Overdose?

Women who take too much Demulen may experience the following symptoms:
  • Nausea (with or without vomiting)
  • Vaginal bleeding or other menstrual irregularities (in women and girls).
(Click Demulen Overdose for more information.)

How Should Demulen Be Stored?

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

What If I Miss a Dose?

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

Available Strengths of Demulen

Demulen (when it was still available) came in the following strengths:
  • Demulen 1/35 -- 1 mg ethynodiol diacetate and 0.035 mg (35 mcg) of ethinyl estradiol per active tablet (the first 21 tablets of each pack), followed by 7 inactive tablets that do not contain any hormones.
  • Demulen 1/50 -- 1 mg ethynodiol diacetate and 0.05 mg (50 mcg) of ethinyl estradiol per active tablet (the first 21 tablets of each pack), followed by 7 inactive tablets that do not contain any hormones.
At one point, 21-day packs of both strengths were once available; these packs had no inactive tablets. Instead of taking seven days of inactive pills, women would simply take no pills for seven days. However, these were discontinued (as were 21-day packs of other birth control pills), presumably because the standard 28-day packs are probably more effective at helping women to take the pills correctly.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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