How to use Linessa 21 & 28 birth control tablets: Answered

Let us cover the basics of how to use the popular combination birth control tablet Linessa. We will start by mentioning there are two pack sizes available, a 21 day pack and a 28 day pack for you to choose from. 

How to take Linessa 21 day pack?

Using Linessa 21 day is very simple, just take one Linessa tablet daily for 21 days, then do not take any tablets for 7 days, and then begin the next pack.

How to take Linessa 28 day pack?

Taking Linessa 28 day is easy. Simply take one Linessa tablet daily for 21 days, then take one “reminder” tablet daily for 7 days, and then begin the next pack.

When to start Linessa?

Start taking Linessa on the first Sunday after the first day of your menstrual period, when bleeding starts, or right on that same day when your period starts. Continue to take Linessa daily at the same time. 

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In other words,the first day of your menstrual period (bleeding) is known as “Day 1.” Your doctor may have you start taking Linessa on the first Sunday after your period starts or on Day 1 of your period. Linessa tablets should be taken approximately the same time every day. Talk with your doctor about the best time to start Linessa.

When can you start having unprotected sex on Linessa?

It takes approximately 7 days for Linessa to reach its full effectiveness at preventing pregnancy. So in theory you could start having unprotected sex after this period.

Use a second method of birth control in addition to Linessa like latex condoms and spermicidal foam or gel for the first 7 days of the first cycle of starting Linessa to minimize the risk of pregnancy.

What to do if you miss taking your Linessa tablet?

If you miss taking Linessa tablets at any time the risk of becoming pregnant increases. It is somewhat common for women to miss taking one or two tablets. Let’s go over what to do. 

If you miss one Linessa tablet

If you miss one Linessa tablet, take it as soon as you remember, and take the next tablet at the usual time. You may be wondering if you can take more than one Linessa tablet a day in this case, the answer is yes, in this case it is fine to do so. 

What if you miss two Linessa tablets?

If you miss 2 Linessa tablets in a row during the first 2 weeks of your cycle, take 2 tablets the day you remember and 2 tablets the next day, then take one tablet a day until you finish the pack. Use a second method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss taking your tablets.

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What to do if you miss more than 3 Linessa tablets?

If you start Linessa on Sunday, and you miss 2 tablets in a row during the third week of your cycle or 3 or more tablets in a row anytime in your cycle, keep taking one tablet a day until Sunday. On Sunday, safely discard the rest of the pack and start a new pack that day. You may not have a menstrual period this month.

If you start your tablets on Day 1, and you miss 2 tablets in a row during the third week of your cycle, or 3 or more tablets at any time during your cycle, safely dispose of the rest of the tablet pack and start a new pack that same day. Use another method of birth control if you have sex in the 7 days after you miss the tablets. You may not have a period this month. If you miss 2 periods in a row, call your doctor or clinic.

What to expect when starting Linessa for the first time?

Is it normal to experience bleeding when starting Linessa?

Many women have spotting or light bleeding or may feel sick to their stomach during the first 3 months of taking Linessa. If you do feel sick, do not stop taking Linessa. The problem will usually go away. Inform your doctor you are experiencing spotting though so she can keep an eye on it for you. If it does not go away within these three months, check with your doctor or clinic. 

What to do if vomiting or experiencing Diarrhea while on Linessa?

The efficacy of Linessa as a birth control method can be affected if you experience vomiting or Diarrhea. If you experience Diarrhea or vomiting while on Linessa,  use a back-up method of birth control, such as latex condoms and spermicidal foam or gel and check with your doctor on next steps. 

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What else to consider when taking Linessa?

If you start a new medication, like antibiotics, while you are taking Linessa, check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure that it will not reduce the effectiveness of your treatment. 

Many things can affect the dose of Linessa that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

How to dispose of Linessa?

Do not dispose of Linessa in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

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