Desogen Dosage

There is only one standard Desogen dosage -- one tablet once a day, at the same time each day. It is important not to miss any of your Desogen doses, as this may increase your chance of getting pregnant. What you should do if you miss any pills depends on how many pills you have missed and when in your cycle you missed the pills.

Desogen Dosage: An Introduction

There is only one standard dose of Desogen® (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your Desogen dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Not taking Desogen correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
(Desogen is equivalent to Apri®, Emoquette™, Enskyce™, Ortho-Cept®, Reclipsen™, and Soliabirth control pills. The information in this article also applies to each of these medications.)

Desogen Dosing for Birth Control

Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 28 days (four weeks). After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not let any days go by between packs (this may take a little planning, as you will need a new pack on hand). The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The last seven tablets do not contain any active ingredients. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.
When you take Desogen for the first time, you can either start it on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts. It is thought that starting on Sunday may decrease the chance of having your periods on the weekends (although this is not always the case). If you start Desogen on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need to use any backup contraception. If you choose a Sunday start, you need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for the first week. If the first day of your period happens to fall on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (no backup needed).
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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