Keep Apri tablets in their original package. The packaging is designed to help you remember to take the tablets each day. Keep the package at room temperature, away from moisture or heat.
Keep Apri and all other medications out of the reach of children.
What If I Miss a Dose?
Missing doses of Apri increases the risk of pregnancy. What you should do depends on how many tablets you have missed and where exactly you are in your cycle (see Apri Dosing). If you are not sure what to do, refer to the patient information that comes with each pack of Apri, or consult your healthcare provider.
How Does It Work?
Apri is a combined oral contraceptive, which means that it is a birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones. It contains both an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (desogestrel). The hormones in Apri primarily work to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, Apri also works to prevent pregnancy in two other, minor ways. Apri changes the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. The drug also alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed May 24, 2013.
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