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Demulen

INDICATIONS

Female Contraception.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Female: Contraception: Oral:

  • Schedule 1 (Sunday starter): Dose begins on first Sunday after onset of menstruation; if the menstrual period starts on Sunday, take first tablet that very same day. With a Sunday start, an additional method of contraception should be used until after the first 7 days of consecutive administration:
  • For 21-tablet package: 1 tablet/day for 21 consecutive days, followed by 7 days off of the medication; a new course begins on the 8th day after the last tablet is taken
  • For 28-tablet package: 1 tablet/day without interruption
  • Schedule 2 (Day-1 starter): Dose starts on first day of menstrual cycle taking 1 tablet/day:
  • For 21-tablet package: 1 tablet/day for 21 consecutive days, followed by 7 days off of the medication; a new course begins on the 8th day after the last tablet is taken
  • For 28-tablet package: 1 tablet/day without interruption

    If all doses have been taken on schedule and one menstrual period is missed, continue dosing cycle. If two consecutive menstrual periods are missed, pregnancy test is required before new dosing cycle is started.

    Missed doses monophasic formulations (refer to package insert for complete information):
  • One dose missed: Take as soon as remembered or take 2 tablets next day
  • Two consecutive doses missed in the first 2 weeks: Take 2 tablets as soon as remembered or 2 tablets next 2 days. An additional method of contraception should be used for 7 days after missed dose.
  • Two consecutive doses missed in week 3 or three consecutive doses missed at any time: An additional method of contraception must be used for 7 days after a missed dose:
  • Schedule 1 (Sunday starter): Continue dose of 1 tablet daily until Sunday, then discard the rest of the pack, and a new pack should be started that same day.
  • Schedule 2 (Day-1 starter): Current pack should be discarded, and a new pack should be started that same day.

Administer at the same time each day.

HOW SUPPLIED

Demulen (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) 1/35: Each white Demulen (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) 1/35 tablet is round in shape, with a debossed SEARLE on one side and 151 and design on the other side, and contains 1 mg of ethynodiol diacetate and 35 mcg of ethinyl estradiol. (Blue placebo tablets have a debossed SEARLE on one side and a "P" on the other side.)

Demulen (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) 1/50: Each white Demulen (ethinyl estradiol and ethynodiol diacetate) 1/50 tablet is round in shape, with a debossed SEARLE on one side and 71 on the other side, and contains 1 mg of ethynodiol diacetate and 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol. (Blue placebo tablets have a debossed SEARLE on one side and a "P" on the other side.)

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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