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Jolessa Dosage

What to Do If You Miss a Dose

Missing pills increases the risk of pregnancy. What you should do if you miss pills depends on how many pills you missed and when in the cycle the pills were missed.
If you miss one pink pill (one of the first 84), take it as soon as you remember and take the next pill at your regular time, even if this means taking two pills at once. You do not need a backup method of contraception, as you will be adequately protected against pregnancy.
If you miss two pink pills in a row, take two pills on the day you remember and two pills the next day. This should get you back on your regular schedule. You must use a backup method of contraception if you have sex in the seven days after you restart the pills.
If you miss three or more pink pills in a row, skip the missed pills and continue with your usual schedule. You may become pregnant if you have sex during the days you missed pills or within seven days of restarting Jolessa.
Make sure to use a backup method of contraception for seven days after you restart the pills. If you do not get your period as usual, or if you have other reasons to suspect that you may be pregnant, contact your healthcare provider.
If you miss any of the white pills (the last seven pills), throw away any of the pills you missed and continue as usual. You do not need backup contraception, as long as you start your next pack on schedule.

General Information on Taking Jolessa

Considerations to keep in mind when using this medication include the following:
  • Jolessa comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
  • You can take a dose with food or on an empty stomach. If Jolessa bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Each pack contains 91 pills. Be sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one right away. You will probably get your period during the last seven days of the pack.
  • It is normal to experience breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods while taking Jolessa. Keep taking it as normal.
  • It is very important to take Jolessa every day, at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that will be easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast. If you have trouble remembering, talk with your healthcare provider. Missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any Jolessa doses. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for seven days.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of Jolessa, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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