Post # 1
I spoke to my pharmacist and they weren’t 100% clear on what to do. I’m wondering if anyone has any advice or medical expertise…
So, I feel like a total idiot. My BC pills were part of the recall and the pharmacist switched me to a new kind with a rotary pack, where the active pills are all around the outside and the placebo pills are in the middle. Somehow, I disregarded the little directional arrow at the top and accidentally started my pack backward–meaning I took the strongest (week 3) active pills first. I’ve taken 5 so far, in reverse order.
I know I need to call my Dr, but I’m at work and can’t make a private call from here. The pharmacist suggested just getting a new pack and starting over. Does anyone have any idea what to do? I am nervous I will no longer be protected.
Post # 3
I hate to be one of those people who bumps super early, but I’m curious if anyone has any idea!
I realize that I should probably have to take the same action as if I’d started a recalled pack…did anyone deal with that?
Post # 4
I’m not a medical bee, but I would start a new pack and use a back up method of protection for 7 days or so just to be on the safe side.
Post # 5
Gget a new pack and start over. You can run all pill packs back to back to prevent bleeding/spotting anyway (and when I took the pill I used to do this frequently). It would be a problem (birth control wise) if you took too low a dose, but seeing as you took too high a dose instead, you should still be protected if you start a new pack. You may have some spotting or a small bleed with the new pack though, seeing as you will switch down to a lower dose when you start the pack. Don’t worry… this is normal. Keep taking the new pack. If you still feel nervous, use condoms as well.
Does that help at all?
Post # 6
I’d probably start a new pack – I don’t think you’ll risk being unprotected (because you were taking active pills, albeit in the wrong order, but they weren’t placebos)
but I think you may have a risk for spotting when you switch the hormone level from highest to lowest.
Post # 7
@MissBoPeep: @Rachel631: Thanks…that is very helpful! And good point about taking too high of a dose with it being back to back, I hadn’t thought of that.
ETA: Thanks @hisgoosiegirl! You’ve all made me feel much better. Although I’m still feeling pretty stupid…
Post # 8
After work, I’d call planned parenthood instead of my doctor. Their answers tend to be more accurately and they pick up the phone faster.
Post # 9
@Pollywog: I second this…. hope it all gets worked out (don’t feel silly, I probably would have done the same thing!) new BC packs can be confusing.
Post # 10
@Pollywog: Good idea, I’ll try to call at lunch. Thanks!
@SimplyChic11: It’s hard not to feel a little silly…It was pretty clearly marked with a big arrow indicating which order they go in. Clearly I missed it. Oh well…it happens!