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Aubra EQ Dosage

Generic name: LEVONORGESTREL 0.1mg, ETHINYL ESTRADIOL 0.02mg;
Dosage form: tablets

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Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 4, 2019.

To achieve maximum contraceptive effectiveness, Aubra EQ® (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets) must be taken exactly as directed and at intervals not exceeding 24 hours. The dosage of Aubra EQ is one white tablet daily for 21 consecutive days, followed by one green inert tablet daily for 7 consecutive days, according to prescribed schedule. It is recommended that Aubra EQ tablets be taken at the same time each day.

The blister pack should be kept in the pouch supplied to avoid possible fading of the pills. If the pills fade, patients should continue to take them as directed.

During The First Cycle of Use

The possibility of ovulation and conception prior to initiation of medication should be considered. The patient should be instructed to begin taking Aubra EQ on either the first Sunday after the onset of menstruation (Sunday Start) or on Day 1 of menstruation (Day 1 Start).

Sunday Start

The patient is instructed to begin taking Aubra EQ on the first Sunday after the onset of menstruation. If menstruation begins on a Sunday, the first tablet (white) is taken that day. One white tablet should be taken daily for 21 consecutive days, followed by one green inert tablet daily for 7 consecutive days. Withdrawal bleeding should usually occur within 3 days following discontinuation of white tablets and may not have finished before the next pack is started. During the first cycle, contraceptive reliance should not be placed on Aubra EQ until a white tablet has been taken daily for 7 consecutive days, and a nonhormonal back-up method of birth control should be used during those 7 days.

Day 1 Start

During the first cycle of medication, the patient is instructed to begin taking Aubra EQ during the first 24 hours of her period (day one of her menstrual cycle). One white tablet should be taken daily for 21 consecutive days, followed by one green inert tablet daily for 7 consecutive days. Withdrawal bleeding should usually occur within 3 days following discontinuation of white tablets and may not have finished before the next pack is started. If medication is begun on day one of the menstrual cycle, no back-up contraception is necessary. If Aubra EQ tablets are started later than day one of the first menstrual cycle or postpartum, contraceptive reliance should not be placed on Aubra EQ tablets until after the first 7 consecutive days of administration, and a nonhormonal back-up method of birth control should be used during those 7 days.

After the First Cycle of Use

The patient begins her next and all subsequent courses of tablets on the day after taking her last green tablet. She should follow the same dosing schedule: 21 days on white tablets followed by 7 days on green tablets. If in any cycle the patient starts tablets later than the proper day, she should protect herself against pregnancy by using a nonhormonal back-up method of birth control until she has taken a white tablet daily for 7 consecutive days.

Switching from Another Hormonal Method of Contraception

When the patient is switching from a 21-day regimen of tablets, she should wait 7 days after her last tablet before she starts Aubra EQ. She will probably experience withdrawal bleeding during that week. She should be sure that no more than 7 days pass after her previous 21-day regimen. When the patient is switching from a 28-day regimen of tablets, she should start her first pack of Aubra EQ on the day after her last tablet. She should not wait any days between packs. The patient may switch any day from a progestin-only pill and should begin Aubra EQ the next day. If switching from an implant or injection, the patient should start Aubra EQ on the day of implant removal or, if using an injection, the day the next injection would be due. In switching from a progestin-only pill, injection, or implant, the patient should be advised to use a nonhormonal back-up method of birth control for the first 7 days of tablet-taking.

If Spotting or Breakthrough Bleeding Occurs

If spotting or breakthrough bleeding occur, the patient is instructed to continue on the same regimen. This type of bleeding is usually transient and without significance; however, if the bleeding is persistent or prolonged, the patient is advised to consult her physician.

Risk of Pregnancy if Tablets are Missed

While there is little likelihood of ovulation occurring if only one or two white tablets are missed, the possibility of ovulation increases with each successive day that scheduled white tablets are missed. Although the occurrence of pregnancy is unlikely if Aubra EQ is taken according to directions, if withdrawal bleeding does not occur, the possibility of pregnancy must be considered. If the patient has not adhered to the prescribed schedule (missed one or more tablets or started taking them on a day later than she should have), the probability of pregnancy should be considered at the time of the first missed period and appropriate diagnostic measures taken. If the patient has adhered to the prescribed regimen and misses two consecutive periods, pregnancy should be ruled out.

The risk of pregnancy increases with each active (white) tablet missed. For additional patient instructions regarding missed tablets, see the WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS PILLS section in the DETAILED PATIENT LABELING below.

Use after Pregnancy, Abortion or Miscarriage

Aubra EQ may be initiated no earlier than day 28 postpartum in the nonlactating mother or after a second trimester abortion due to the increased risk for thromboembolism (see CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, and PRECAUTIONS concerning thromboembolic disease). The patient should be advised to use a nonhormonal back-up method for the first 7 days of tablet taking.

Aubra EQ may be initiated immediately after a first trimester abortion or miscarriage. If the patient starts Aubra EQ immediately, back-up contraception is not needed.

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