How to start Syeda
You should not be pregnant when starting Syeda.
There are two different schedule options to start taking Syeda.
- Schedule 1: Starting on a Sunday: Take the first dose on the first Sunday after the start of menstruation (if your period starts on Sunday, take the first table that very same day). You should use a back-up method of contraception such as a condom for the first 7 days after starting.
- Schedule 2: Day 1 starter: Start taking the first dose on the first day of menstruation. You should use a back-up method of contraception such as a condom for the first 7 days after starting.
Keep track of when you start. Take one pill every day at the same time. Some people find it helpful to set an alarm on their phone.
If you are switching from a different oral contraceptive to Syeda, you should start Syeda on the same day that a new pack of the previous oral contraceptive would have been.
If you are switching from a transdermal patch, vaginal ring, or injection, you should start Syeda on the day the next dose would have been due.
If you are switching from the IUD or implant, you should start Syeda on the same day as removal.
If you are starting Syeda after childbirth (and are not breast-feeding), you should start at least 4 weeks after delivery. You should have a negative pregnancy test before starting, as lack of periods is not reliable, and use an additional method of contraception such as condoms for the first 7 days after starting Syeda.
How to take Syeda
Take one pill a day, at the same time each day. Each packet contains 7 inactive pills,
What to do if you miss a pill
If you are late to take one dose (still within 24 hours of when you should have taken it), or if you missed one dose between 24-48 hours, take the dose as soon as possible. Continue the next dose at the usual time (even if it means 2 doses in the same day).
If you have missed two or more doses (>48 hours), take the most recently missed dose as soon as possible. Continue the next dose at the usual time (even if it means 2 doses in the same day). However, you should use back-up contraception such as condoms until you have taken the regular dosing schedule for 7 consecutive days.
If the doses you missed were during the last week of the active tablets (days 15-21 of a 28-day pack), finish the current pack but skip the hormone-free interval (inactive pills). Then, start a new pack. Use back-up contraception for 7 days.