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Who should not use birth control pills

You should not use birth control pills if you have or have had any of the following conditions:

  • unusual vaginal bleeding that has not yet been diagnosed

  • blood clots in the legs, lungs, eyes, or elsewhere

  • a stroke, heart attack, or chest pain (angina pectoris)

  • known or suspected cancer of the breast or sex organs

  • liver tumour associated with the use of the pill or other estrogen-containing products

  • jaundice or liver disease if still present

The pill should not be taken if you are pregnant or if pregnancy is suspected.


If you decide to take birth control pills

If you and your doctor decide that—for you—the benefits of birth control pills outweigh the risks, you should be aware of the following:

  1. Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels. This risk increases with age and becomes significant in birth control pill users over 35 years of age. Women should not smoke.

  1. Take the pills only on the advice of your doctor and carefully follow all directions given to you. You must take the pills exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, you may become pregnant.

  2. Visit your doctor three months or sooner after the initial examination. Afterward, visit your doctor at least once a year.

  3. Be alert for the following symptoms and signs of serious adverse effects. Call your doctor immediately if they occur:

    • sharp pain in the chest, coughing blood, or sudden shortness of breath. These symptoms could indicate a possible blood clot in the lung.

    • pain in the calf. This symptom could indicate a possible blood clot in the leg.

    • crushing chest pain or heaviness. This symptom could indicate a possible heart attack.

    • sudden severe or worsening headache or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, disturbance of vision or speech, or weakness or numbness in an arm or leg. These symptoms could indicate a possible stroke.

    • sudden partial or complete loss of vision. This symptom could indicate a possible blood clot in the eye.

    • severe pain or lump in the abdomen. These symptoms could indicate a possible tumor of the liver.

    • severe depression

    • yellowing of the skin (jaundice)

    • unusual swelling of the extremities

    • breast lumps. ASK YOUR DOCTOR FOR ADVICE AND INSTRUCTION ON REGULAR SELF-EXAMINATION OF YOUR BREASTS.

  4. Birth control pills should never be taken if you think you are pregnant. They will not prevent the pregnancy from continuing.

  5. You will have a menstrual period when you stop taking birth control pills. You should delay pregnancy until another menstrual period occurs within four to six weeks. Contact your doctor for recommendations on alternate methods of contraception during this time.

  6. Your doctor will advise you of the appropriate time to start the use of birth control pills after childbirth, miscarriage, or therapeutic abortion.

  7. The hormones in birth control pills are known to appear in breast milk. These hormones may decrease the flow of breast milk. If birth control pills are not resumed until nursing is established, however, the quantity and quality of breast milk does not seem to be affected. There is no evidence that birth control pills are harmful to the nursing infant.

  8. Should you require MAJOR surgery, inform your surgeon that you are using birth control pills.

  9. If you see a different doctor, inform him or her that you are taking birth control pills. Tell the doctor that your birth control pills are APRI 21 or APRI 28.

  10. Inform your doctor if you are taking or if you start to take other medications. This applies to both prescription and non-prescription drugs. These medications may change the effectiveness and/or cycle control of your birth control pills.

  11. THERE IS NO NEED TO STOP TAKING BIRTH CONTROL PILLS FOR A REST PERIOD.

  12. Birth control pills DO NOT PROTECT against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS. For protection against STDs, it is advisable to use latex condoms IN COMBINATION WITH birth control pills.


How to Take Birth Control Pills

(See package insert for illustrations.)

  1. READ THESE DIRECTIONS:

    • before you start taking your pills, and

    • any time you are not sure what to do.

  2. LOOK AT YOUR PILL PACK to see if it has 21 or 28 pills:

    • 21-PILL PACK: 21 active pills (with hormones) taken daily for three weeks, and then take no pills for one week.

      or

    • 28-PILL PACK: 21 active pills (with hormones) taken daily for three weeks, and then seven “reminder” pills (no hormones) taken daily for one week.

    ALSO CHECK: the pill pack for instructions on where to start and 2) direction to take pills.

  3. You may wish to use a second method of birth control (e.g. latex condoms and spermicidal foam or gel) for the first seven days of the first cycle of pill use. This will provide a back-up in case pills are forgotten while you are getting used to taking them.

  4. When receiving any medical treatment, be sure to tell your doctor that you are using birth control pills.

  5. MANY WOMEN HAVE SPOTTING OR LIGHT BLEEDING, OR MAY FEEL SICK TO THEIR STOMACH DURING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS ON THE PILL. If you do feel sick, do not stop taking the pill. The problem will usually go away. If it does not go away, check with your doctor or clinic.

  6. MISSING PILLS ALSO CAN CAUSE SOME SPOTTING OR LIGHT BLEEDING, even if you make up the missed pills. You also could feel a little sick to your stomach on the days you take two pills to make up for missed pills.

  7. IF YOU MISS PILLS AT ANY TIME, YOU COULD GET PREGNANT. THE GREATEST RISKS FOR PREGNANCY ARE:

    • when you start a pack late

    • when you miss pills at the beginning or at the very end of the pack.

  8. ALWAYS BE SURE YOU HAVE READY:

    • ANOTHER KIND OF BIRTH CONTROL (such as latex condoms and spermicidal foam or gel) to use as a back-up in case you miss pills, and

    • AN EXTRA, FULL PACK OF PILLS.

  9. IF YOU HAVE VOMITING OR DIARRHEA, OR IF YOU TAKE SOME MEDICINES, such as antibiotics, your pills may not work as well. Use a back-up method, such as latex condoms and spermicidal foam or gel, until you can check with our doctor or clinic.

  10. IF YOU FORGET MORE THAN ONE PILL TWO MONTHS IN A ROW, talk to your doctor or clinic about how to make pill-taking easier or about using another method of birth control.

  11. IF YOUR QUESTIONS ARE NOT ANSWERED HERE, CALL YOUR DOCTOR OR CLINIC.


When to Start the First Pack of Pills:

BE SURE TO READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS:

  • before you start taking your pills, and

  • any time you are not sure what to do.

Decide with your doctor or clinic what is the best day for you to start taking your first pack of pills. Your pills may be either a 21-day or a 28-day type.

  1. APRI 21-DAY COMBINATION: With this type of birth control pill, you are 21 days on pills with seven days off pills. You must not be off the pills for more than seven days in a row.

    1. THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR MENSTRUAL PERIOD (BLEEDING) IS DAY 1 OF YOUR CYCLE. Your doctor may advise you to start taking the pills on Day 1 or on the first Sunday after your period begins. If your period starts on Sunday, start that same day.

    2. Take one pill at approximately the same time every day for 21 days; THEN TAKE NO PILLS FOR SEVEN DAYS. Start a new pack on the eighth day. You will probably have a period during the seven days off the pill. (This bleeding may be lighter and shorter than your usual period.)

  2. APRI 28-DAY COMBINATION: With this type of birth control pill, you take 21 pills which contain hormones and seven pills which contain no hormones.

    1. THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR MENSTRUAL PERIOD (BLEEDING) IS DAY 1 OF YOUR CYCLE. Your doctor may advise you to start taking the pills on Day 1 or on the first Sunday after your period begins. If your period starts on Sunday, start that same day.

      For Day 1 start: Label the dispenser by selecting the appropriate day label strip that starts with Day 1 of your menstrual period (first day of menstruation is Day 1).

      or

      For Sunday start: Label the dispenser by selecting the day label strip that starts with Sunday.

      Place the day label strip in the space where you see the words “Place Day Label Here”. Having the dispenser labeled with the days of the week will help remind you to take your pill every day.

    2. Take one pill at approximately the same time every day for 28 days. Begin a new pack the next day, NOT MISSING ANY DAYS ON THE PILLS. Your period should occur during the last seven days of using that pill pack.


What to Do During the Month

  1. TAKE A PILL AT APPROXIMATELY THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY UNTIL THE PACK IS EMPTY.

    • Try to associate taking your pill with some regular activity like eating a meal or going to bed.

    • Do not skip pills even if you have bleeding between monthly periods or feel sick to your stomach (nausea).

    • Do not skip pills even if you do not have sex very often.

  2. WHEN YOU FINISH A PACK:

    • 21 PILLS: WAIT SEVEN DAYS to start the next pack. You will have your period during that week.

    • 28 PILLS: Start the next pack ON THE NEXT DAY. Take one pill every day. Do not wait any days between packs.


WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISS PILLS

The following chart outlines the actions you should take if you miss one or more of your birth control pills. Match the number of pills missed with the appropriate starting time for your type of pill pack.

Sunday Start Day 1 Start
Miss 1 pill Miss 1 pill
Take it as soon as you remember, and take the next pill at the usual time. This means that you might take 2 pills in one day. Take it as soon as you remember, and take the next pill at the usual time. This means that you might take 2 pills in one day.
Miss 2 pills in a row Miss 2 pills in a row
First 2 Weeks:
  1. Take 2 pills the day you remember and 2 pills the next day.

  2. Then take 1 pill a day until you finish the pack.

  3. Use a back-up method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the pills.

Third Week:
  1. Keep taking 1 pill a day until Sunday.

  2. On Sunday, safely discard the rest of the pack and start a new pack that day.

  3. Use a back-up method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the pills.

  4. You may not have a period this month.

If You Miss 2 Periods In a Row, Call Your Doctor, Pharmacist or Clinic.
First 2 Weeks:
  1. Take 2 pills the day you remember and 2 pills the next day.

  2. Then take 1 pill a day until you finish the pack.

  3. Use a back-up method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the pills.

Third Week:
  1. Safely dispose of the rest of the pill pack and

  2. Use a back-up method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the pills.

  3. You may not have a period this month.

If You Miss 2 Periods In a Row, Call Your Doctor, Pharmacist or Clinic.
Miss 3 or More Pills in a Row Miss 3 or More Pills in a Row
Anytime in the Cycle:
  1. Keep taking 1 pill a day until Sunday.

  2. On Sunday, safely discard the rest of the pack and start a new pack that day.

  3. Use a back-up method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the pills.

  4. You may not have a period this month.

If You Miss 2 Periods In a Row, Call Your Doctor, Pharmacist or Clinic.
Anytime in the Cycle:
  1. Safely dispose of the rest of the pill pack and start a new pack that same day.

  2. Use a back-up method of birth control if you have sex in the seven days after you miss the pills.

  3. You may not have a period this month.

If You Miss 2 Periods In a Row, Call Your Doctor, Pharmacist or Clinic.

NOTE: 28-DAY PACK: If you forget any of the seven “reminder” pills (without hormones) in Week 4, just safely dispose of the pills you missed. Then keep taking one pill each day until the pack is empty. You do not need to use a back-up method.

Always be sure you have on hand:

  • a back-up method of birth control (such as latex condoms and spermicidal foam or gel) in case you miss pills, and

  • an extra, full pack of pills.

IF YOU FORGET MORE THAN ONE PILL TWO MONTHS IN A ROW, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR OR CLINIC. Talk about ways to make pill-taking easier or about using another method of birth control.


What Is in APRI 21 and APRI 28?

This medicine contains two active drugs called desogestrel (150 µg) and ethinyl estradiol (30 µg). It also contains nonmedicinal ingredients like lactose monohydrate, pregelatinized starch, vitamin E, povidone, colloidal silicon dioxide, stearic acid, Opadry maroon YS-1-16002 containing: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, titanium dioxide, polyethylene glycol. FD&C red no. 40 aluminum lake, polysorbate 80, FD&C blue no. 2 aluminum lake, Opadry Clear YS-1-7472 containing: hydroypropyl methylcellulose and polyethylene glycol.

APRI 28 also contains the following nonmedicinal ingredients: anhydrous lactose, pregelatinized starch, microcrystalline cellulose and magnesium stearate.


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