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Viorele Dosage

There is only one standard Viorele dosage. Starting at the beginning of the pack (which contains 28 pills), take one tablet at the same time each day. After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. You must take the tablets in order. To help ensure the effectiveness of the medication, dosing guidelines must be followed carefully.

 

An Introduction to Your Dosage of Viorele

Viorele™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription oral contraceptive and is a generic version of Mircette®. There is only one standard dose of Viorele. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Starting Your First Pack of Viorele

When you take Viorele for the first time, you can start on either the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts. If you start Viorele on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need to use any backup contraception. If you choose a Sunday start, you need to use a backup method of contraception, such as condoms, for the first week. If the first day of your period happens to fall on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (no backup method of contraception needed).
 
Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 28 days. After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not let any days pass between packs (this may take a little planning, as you will need a new pack on hand, particularly if your pharmacy isn't open on the weekends).
 
The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The next 2 tablets do not contain any active ingredients, and the last 5 tablets just contain ethinyl estradiol (no desogestrel). During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.
 
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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