Apri Dosage

Generic name: desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol
Dosage form: tablets

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To achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness, Apri must be taken exactly as directed and at intervals not exceeding 24 hours. Apri is available in the tablet dispenser which is preset for a Sunday Start. Day 1 Start is also provided.

Day 1 Start

The dosage of Apri for the initial cycle of therapy is one rose-colored “active” tablet administered daily from the 1st day through the 21st day of the menstrual cycle, counting the first day of menstrual flow as “Day 1”. Tablets are taken without interruption as follows: One rose-colored “active” tablet daily for 21 days, then one white “reminder” tablet daily for 7 days. After 28 tablets have been taken, a new course is started and a rose-colored “active” tablet is taken the next day.

The use of Apri for contraception may be initiated 4 weeks postpartum in women who elect not to breastfeed. When the tablets are administered during the postpartum period, the increased risk of thromboembolic disease associated with the postpartum period must be considered (see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS concerning thromboembolic disease. See also PRECAUTIONS for “Nursing Mothers.”). If the patient starts on Apri postpartum, and has not yet had a period, she should be instructed to use another method of contraception until a rose-colored “active” tablet has been taken daily for 7 days. The possibility of ovulation and conception prior to initiation of medication should be considered. If the patient misses one (1) rose-colored “active” tablet in Weeks 1, 2, or 3, the rose-colored “active” tablet should be taken as soon as she remembers. If the patient misses two (2) rose-colored “active” tablets in Week 1 or Week 2, the patient should take two (2) rose-colored “active” tablets the day she remembers and two (2) rose-colored “active” tablets the next day; and then continue taking one (1) rose-colored “active” tablet a day until she finishes the pack. The patient should be instructed to use a back-up method of birth control such as a condom or spermicide if she has sex in the seven (7) days after missing pills. If the patient misses two (2) rose-colored “active” tablets in the third week or misses three (3) or more rose-colored “active” tablets in a row, the patient should throw out the rest of the pack and start a new pack that same day. The patient should be instructed to use a back-up method of birth control if she has sex in the seven (7) days after missing pills.

Sunday Start

When taking Apri, the first rose-colored “active” tablet should be taken on the first Sunday after menstruation begins. If the period begins on Sunday, the first rose-colored “active” tablet is taken on that day. If switching directly from another oral contraceptive, the first rose-colored “active” tablet should be taken on the first Sunday after the last ACTIVE tablet of the previous product. Tablets are taken without interruption as follows: One rose-colored “active” tablet daily for 21 days, then one white “reminder” tablet daily for 7 days. After 28 tablets have been taken, a new course is started and a rose-colored “active” tablet is taken the next day (Sunday). When initiating a Sunday start regimen, another method of contraception should be used until after the first 7 consecutive days of administration.

The use of Apri for contraception may be initiated 4 weeks postpartum. When the tablets are administered during the postpartum period, the increased risk of thromboembolic disease associated with the postpartum period must be considered (see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS concerning thromboembolic disease. See also PRECAUTIONS for “Nursing Mothers”). If the patient starts on Apri postpartum, and has not yet had a period, she should be instructed to use another method of contraception until a rose-colored “active” tablet has been taken daily for 7 days. The possibility of ovulation and conception prior to initiation of medication should be considered. If the patient misses one (1) rose-colored “active” tablet in Weeks 1, 2, or 3, the rose-colored “active” tablet should be taken as soon as she remembers. If the patient misses two (2) rose-colored “active” tablets in Week 1 or Week 2, the patient should take two (2) rose-colored “active” tablets the day she remembers and two (2) rose-colored “active” tablets the next day; and then continue taking one (1) rose-colored “active” tablet a day until she finishes the pack. The patient should be instructed to use a back-up method of birth control such as a condom or spermicide if she has sex in the seven (7) days after missing pills. If the patient misses two (2) rose-colored “active” tablets in the third week or misses three (3) or more rose-colored “active” tablets in a row, the patient should continue taking one rose-colored “active” tablet every day until Sunday. On Sunday the patient should throw out the rest of the pack and start a new pack that same day. The patient should be instructed to use a back-up method of birth control if she has sex in the seven (7) days after missing pills.

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