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SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS)

WARNING: POPs do not protect against getting or giving someone HIV (AIDS) or any other STD, such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts or herpes.

SIDE EFFECTS

Irregular bleeding. The most common side effect of POPs is a change in menstrual bleeding. Your periods may be either early or late, and you may have some spotting between periods. Taking pills late or missing pills can also result in some spotting or bleeding.
Other side effects. Less common side effects include headaches, tender breasts, nausea and dizziness. Weight gain, acne and extra hair on your face and body have been reported, but are rare.

If you are concerned about any of these side effects, check with your doctor or clinic.

USING POPS WITH OTHER MEDICINES

Before taking a POP, inform your health care provider of any other medication, including over-the-counter medicine that you may be taking.

If you are taking medicines for seizures (epilepsy) or tuberculosis (TB), tell your doctor or clinic. These medicines can make POPs less effective:

Medicines for seizures:

Phenytoin (Dilantin®)
Carbamazepine (Tegretol®)
Phenobarbital

Medicine for TB:

Rifampin (Rifampicin)

Before you begin any new medicines be sure your doctor or clinic knows you are taking birth control pills that contain a progestin.

HOW TO TAKE POPS

1. Pick the day label strip that starts with the first day of your period.

2. Place this day label strip on the tablet blister over the area that has the days of the week (starting with Sunday) imprinted in the plastic.

day-label-sticker-placement-graphic
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IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER

POPs must be taken at the same time every day, so choose a time and then take the pill at the same time every day. Every time you take a pill late, and especially if you miss a pill, you are more likely to get pregnant.
Start the next pack the day after the last pack is finished. There is no break between packs. Always have your next pack of pills ready.
You may have some menstrual spotting between periods. Do not stop taking your pills if this happens.
If you vomit soon after taking a pill, use a backup method (such as condom and/or spermicide) for 48 hours.
If you want to stop taking POPs, you can do so at any time, but, if you remain sexually active and don’t wish to become pregnant, be certain to use another birth control method.
If you are not sure about how to take POPs, ask your doctor or clinic.

STARTING POPS

It’s best to take your first POP on the first day of your menstrual period.
If you decide to take your first POP on another day, use a backup method (such as a condom and/or spermicide) every time you have sex during the next 48 hours.
If you have had a miscarriage or an abortion, you can start POPs the next day.

IF YOU ARE LATE OR MISS TAKING YOUR POPS

If you are more than 3 hours late or you miss one or more POPs:
TAKE a missed pill as soon as you remember that you missed it,
THEN go back to taking POPs at your regular time.
BUT be sure to use a backup method (such as condom and/or spermicide) every time you have sex for the next 48 hours.
If you are not sure what to do about the pills you have missed, keep taking POPs and use a backup method until you can talk to your doctor or clinic.

IF YOU ARE BREASTFEEDING

If you are fully breastfeeding (not giving your baby any food or formula), you may start your pills 6 weeks after delivery.
If you are partially breastfeeding (giving your baby some food or formula), you should start taking pills by 3 weeks after delivery.

IF YOU ARE SWITCHING PILLS

If you are switching from the combined pills to POPs, take the first POP the day after you finish the last active combined pill. Do not take any of the 7 inactive pills from the combined pill pack. You should know that many women have irregular periods after switching to POPs, but this is normal and to be expected.
If you are switching from POPs to the combined pills, take the first active combined pill on the first day of your period, even if your POPs pack is not finished.
If you switch to another brand of POPs, start the new brand anytime.
If you are breastfeeding, you can switch to another method of birth control at any time, except do not switch to the combined pills until you stop breastfeeding or at least until 6 months after delivery.

PREGNANCY WHILE ON THE PILL

If you become pregnant, or think you might be, stop taking POPs and contact your physician. Even though research has shown that POPs do not cause harm to the unborn baby, it is always best not to take any drugs or medicines that you don’t need when you are pregnant.

You should get a pregnancy test:

If your period is late and you took one or more pills late or missed taking them and had sex without a backup method.
Anytime you miss 2 periods in a row.

WILL POPS AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO GET PREGNANT LATER?

If you want to become pregnant, simply stop taking POPs. POPs will not delay your ability to get pregnant.

BREASTFEEDING

If you are breastfeeding, POPs will not affect the quality or amount of your breast milk or the health of your nursing baby. However, isolated cases of decreased milk production have been reported. If you suspect that you are not producing enough milk for your baby, contact your doctor or clinic.

OVERDOSE

No serious problems have been reported when many pills were taken by accident, or even by a small child, so there is usually no reason to treat an overdose.

OTHER QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS

Cigarette smoking greatly increases the possibility of suffering heart attacks and strokes. Women who use oral contraceptives are strongly advised not to smoke.

Diabetic women taking POPs do not generally require changes in the amount of insulin they are taking. However, your physician may monitor you more closely under these conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns, check with your doctor or clinic. You can also ask for the more detailed “professional package labeling” written for doctors and other health care providers.

HOW TO STORE YOUR POPS

Store your POPs at controlled room temperature 20o C — 25o C (68o F — 77o F).

Be certain to read new revisions of this leaflet. You may check the date of the most recent revision by phoning the manufacturer toll-free at 1 (888) 721-7115.

Manufactured by:

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited
Colvale-Bardez, Goa 403513, India

Manufactured for:

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Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc., USA
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Questions? 1 (888)721-7115
www.glenmarkpharma-us.com

August 2021

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