Junel Dosing

Junel doses come in two different strengths, each with a differing amount of hormones. Your healthcare provider will select the Junel dosing that is right for you based on several factors, such as how you have responded to birth control pills in the past. When taking the medication, it's important to take it every day and at the same time each day.

Junel Dosing: An Introduction

There are two different doses of Junel™ (norethindrone/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Although Junel is effective when taken as directed, not taking it correctly greatly increases the risk of pregnancy.
(Junel is a generic version of Loestrin®.)

Basic Dosing Instructions for Junel

Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 21 days (three weeks). After you finish one pack, wait seven days before starting the next one. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period. Sometimes, you may have breakthrough bleeding or spotting between periods. If this happens, keep taking Junel as usual.
Junel comes in two different strengths: Junel 1/20 (a lower dose of hormones) and Junel 1.5/30 (a slightly higher dose of hormones). Your healthcare provider will choose the best Junel dosage for you based on several factors, especially your response to other birth control pills in the past.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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