Lo Loestrin Fe Dosage

What Should I Do If I Miss a Lo Loestrin Fe Dose?

It is very important that you take Lo Loestrin Fe every day and at the same time every day, even if you do not have sex very often. Missing pills increases the risk for pregnancy. What you should do if you miss pills depends on how many pills you have missed and when in the cycle the pills were missed. Some general instructions for missed pills include the following:
  • If you miss one blue "active" pill, take the missed pill 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 blue "active" pills in a row during the first or second week of the pack, 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, such as condoms, if you have sex in the seven days after you restart the pills.
  • If you miss two "active" (blue or white) pills in a row during the third or fourth week of the pack (or three or more "active" blue or white pills in a row during any week), simply throw out the rest of the pack and start a new pack as soon as you remember. You need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for a week, and you may not have your period as usual this month.
  • If you miss any of the two brown "inactive pills," throw away any of the pills you missed and continue as usual. These pills do not contain any hormones; they are used to remind you to start a new pack on the right day.

General Information on Taking Lo Loestrin Fe

Some considerations to keep in mind when using Lo Loestrin Fe include the following:
  • The medication comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth once a day.
  • You can take Lo Loestrin Fe with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Each pack of Lo Loestrin Fe contains 28 pills. Make 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 few days of the pack or, sometimes, during the first few days of the new pack.
  • It is very important to take Lo Loestrin Fe every day and at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that will be easy to remember, such as at bedtime. If you have trouble remembering, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing pills increases your risk for pregnancy.
  • Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any dosages. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for seven days.
  • If you vomit within three or four hours after taking a pill, you should consider this a "missed pill." If you have severe diarrhea, you may want to consider any doses as "missed pills" as well.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Lo Loestrin Fe will not work if you stop taking it.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with Lo Loestrin Fe, please talk to your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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