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Lo/Ovral Dosage

There is only one standard Lo/Ovral dosage, regardless of your age or weight. Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. As soon as you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. To ensure the effectiveness of Lo/Ovral, dosing guidelines must be followed carefully.

Lo/Ovral Dosage: An Introduction

There is only one standard dose of Lo/Ovral® (norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol). As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Although Lo/Ovral is effective when taken as directed, not taking it correctly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.
(Lo/Ovral is equivalent to Cryselle®, Elinest™, and Low-Ogestrel® birth control pills. The information in this article also applies to each of these medications.)

Basic Lo/Ovral Dosing Instructions

Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 28 days (four weeks). After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not wait any days between packs (this may take a little planning, since you will need a new pack on hand). The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients, and the last 7 tablets contain no active ingredients. 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 Lo/Ovral as usual.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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