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Estarylla Dosage

The standard dose of Estarylla is one tablet a day. The first 21 tablets in each pack contain the active ingredients. Because the last seven tablets do not contain any active ingredients, it gives your body a break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period. It's important to not miss doses and to take the pill every day; taking Estarylla inconsistently increases your risk of pregnancy.

An Introduction to Your Dosage of Estarylla

Estarylla™ (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control pill that is a generic version of Ortho-Cyclen®. There is only one standard dose. As always, do not adjust your Estraylla dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so. Although this medication is quite effective when taken correctly, not taking it as directed significantly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.

Estarylla Dosing Basics

Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for four weeks (28 days). After you complete one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not wait any days 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.

Starting Estarylla

There are two different standard ways to start Estarylla for the first time. You can start it either on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts, even if you are still having your period. It is thought that starting on Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although this does not work for all women.
If you start Estarylla 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 be on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (no backup needed).
There are other, "unapproved" ways to start Estarylla other than a day 1 start or a Sunday start; make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions carefully if you start this product in a nonstandard way. Backup birth control is especially important in these situations.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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