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NuvaRing Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel (NuvaRing)?
- What are the possible side effects of this medication (NuvaRing)?
- What is the most important information I should know about this medication (NuvaRing)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using this medication (NuvaRing)?
- How should I use this medication (NuvaRing)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (NuvaRing)?
- What happens if I overdose (NuvaRing)?
- What should I avoid while using this medication (NuvaRing)?
- What other drugs will affect ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel (NuvaRing)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (NuvaRing)?
If the ring ever falls out during the 3-week wearing time, rinse it with warm water and reinsert it. If it slides down into the lower part of the vagina, use a finger to push it in farther. If the ring is lost, a new vaginal ring should be inserted as soon as possible and the schedule continued without change. Do not leave a ring out for longer than 3 hours.
During week 1 or 2 of wearing time: If a ring has been out of the vagina for more than 3 hours, you may not be protected from pregnancy. You must use a back-up birth control until the new or replaced ring has been in place for 7 days in a row.
During week 3 of wearing time: If a ring has been out of the vagina for more than 3 hours, you may either insert a new ring and start a new 3-week cycle, or you may wait 7 days (and have a menstrual period) before you insert a new ring. You must use back-up birth control until the new or replaced ring has been in place for 7 days in a row.
Avoid leaving the vaginal ring in place for longer than 3 weeks. Call your doctor if you get off the proper schedule for use and non-use of the vaginal ring. Do not wear more than one ring at a time.
What happens if I overdose (NuvaRing)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding.
What should I avoid while using this medication (NuvaRing)?
Smoking can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack caused by this medication, especially if you are older than 35.
This medication will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases--including HIV and AIDS. Using a condom is the only way to protect yourself from these diseases.
What other drugs will affect ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel (NuvaRing)?
Some drugs can make birth control less effective, which may result in pregnancy. Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- bosentan (Tracleer);
- an antibiotic or antifungal medication;
- drugs to treat hepatitis C, HIV, or AIDS;
- phenobarbital (Solfoton) and other barbiturates;
- St. John's wort; or
- seizure medications.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ascorbic acid (vitamin C);
- atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet);
- dantrolene (Dantrium);
- vaginal miconazole (Monistat);
- tizanidine (Zanaflex); or
- tranexamic acid (Cyklokapron, Lysteda).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about ethinyl estradiol and etonogestrel.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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