Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

This etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring comes with patient information. You must understand this information. You should keep a copy for reference. Be sure you understand possible problems with the etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring , especially side effects, risks, and signs of a serious problem.

It is important to know how and when to insert, remove, or replace etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring. If you have any questions about this ask your doctor. It is very important to follow the instructions on when to insert and remove your etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring.

Pregnancy must be ruled out if there is a problem or change in your regimen. It is important to use additional methods of contraception if there was a problem or change in the regimen. Back-up contraception must be used until the ring has been in place for seven days.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For vaginal dosage form
    • For preventing pregnancy:
      • Adults—One ring inserted into the vagina for three weeks. The ring is removed for a one week break and the old ring is disposed of. A new ring is inserted one week after the last ring was removed and left in place for three weeks. Note: The ring must be inserted on the appropriate day and left in place for three weeks. This means that the ring is removed three weeks later on the same day of the week it was inserted and at about the same time.

Missed Dose

Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

If the etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring has slipped out of the vagina and it has been out less than three hours, you should still be protected from pregnancy. If the etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring has been out of the vagina for more than three hours you may not adequately be protected from pregnancy, and you must use an extra method of birth control until the etonogestrel and ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring has been in place for seven days in a row. For additional information changes or problems with your regimen consult your patient information leaflet or ask your doctor.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.