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When and How to Use It

General considerations for when and how to use Junel include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
  • Each pack of Junel contains 21 pills. Be sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, wait seven days before starting the next one. You will probably start your period during this week, but be sure to start the next pack on schedule, no matter when your period starts.
  • You can take Junel with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • It is important to take Junel every day and 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, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy.
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Junel will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information for Junel

There is only one standard dose of Junel, regardless of your age, weight, or medical conditions. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Junel Dosing for more information.)

Drug Interactions

Junel can interact with several other medications (see Drug Interactions With Junel).

What If I Take an Overdose of Junel?

Women who take too much Junel may experience the following symptoms:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Other menstrual irregularities.
(Click Loestrin Overdose for more information.)
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