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Are all the pills in the pack identical?


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2015-07-14 16:05:01
2015-07-14 16:05:01

Not to my knowledge. I believe each pill contains a different level of synthetic progesterone and estrogen to speficially control the way your body reacts to the hormones - hence the lay out of the pill packs. Each pill is meant to be taken around the same time, each day, in order. So skipping around and taking a Saturday pill on Monday isn't a good idea. However, if you lost a pill, it might be better for you to take the pill intended for the next day and continue from that day as you would normally rather than miss a day completely.

It depends on the pill brand. Yaz, Tricyclen, Estrostep, and Ortho-Novum 7/7/7 are all examples of pills with non-identical pills; some of these have as many as four different formulations in the same pack, counting the placebos. Check the instruction book that comes with each pack for more information.

Ive been on the pill for nearly 6 years now. I have used Microgynon (cant remember how to spell it) Dianete and Cilest and with all these the pills are identical and I havent yet heard of a pill where they are different, so if u accidentally take a different day there is nothing to worry about.

Any pills with 'tri' in the name are different. They have different doses every week. These are also the only pills that I have heard that you cannot take continuously to intentionally skip a period.


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All Ortho Micronor pills are identical; there are no placebo pills in the pack.

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it is not advised. you should finish all the pills at the alotted time and then you can start your new pack, if you are still on your period and the sugar pills are completed you can still move onto the next pack.

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If you have a pack of 28 green birth control pills, you're probably on Micronor.

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I am not a doctor, so you should verify with one before making a decision, but to my knowledge you should take all of the pills in the pack. I also learned recently that the last pills in the pack are not just sugar pills anymore. Many of these pills contain important vitamins and nutrients that your body needs during your menstrual cycle.

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In general the answer is yes... it would be ideal if the pack of pills is one of the "mono-phasic" types meaning all of the active pills are the same dosage. all of the active pills will have the same shape and color in a monophasic pack. Just try to get a new prescription in time to take a full 21 days of pills without missing any for the best results. also make sure the pills have not expired or may not be as effective.

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