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PROGESTIN-ONLY ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES
  • NOTE: All dosing is for ADULT patients only
  • Dosing may vary for patients with liver problems, kidney problems, or other medical conditions



Drug Dosage form Typical dosage range Maximum Dose Food Generic/Price Other
Levonorgestrel

(Plan B®)
  • 0.75 mg tablet
Emergency contraception
  • 0.75 mg initially followed by 0.75 mg 12 hours later
1.5 mg/day May take without regard to food YES/$
  • Approved for emergency contraception only
  • In the U.S., can be bought over-the-counter by a female or male who is 17 years of age or older
  • See emergency contraception for more
Drug Dosage form Typical dosage range Maximum Dose Food Generic/Price Other
Levonorgestrel

(Plan B One-Step®)
(Fallback Solo®)
(Her Style®)
(Opcicon One-Step®)
  • 1.5 mg tablet
Emergency contraception
  • 1.5 mg one time dose

1.5 mg May take without regard to food YES/$
  • Approved for emergency contraception only
  • In the U.S., can be bought over-the-counter by a female or male who is 17 years of age or older
  • See emergency contraception for more
Drug Dosage form Typical dosage range Maximum Dose Food Generic/Price Other
Norethindrone

(Nor-QD®)
(Camila®)
(Deblitane®)
(Heather®)
(Nora-BE®)
Tablet
  • 0.35 mg
Contraception
  • 0.35 mg once daily
0.35 mg once daily May take without regard to food YES/$
  • These dosage forms of norethindrone are not rated interchangeable with Micronor®, etc. below
  • Pill should be taken at the same time every day
  • Every pill is active. There are no placebo pills.
  • Some women will have a regular period on the pills, and others will not
  • See progestin-only pills for more
  • See dosing for information on starting and missed doses
Drug Dosage form Typical dosage range Maximum Dose Food Generic/Price Other
Norethindrone

(Micronor®)
(Errin®)
(Jencycla®)
(Jolivette®)
(Lyza®)
(Sharobel®)
Tablet
  • 0.35 mg
Contraception
  • 0.35 mg once daily
0.35 mg once daily May take without regard to food YES/$
  • These dosage forms of norethindrone are not rated interchangeable with Nor-QD®, etc. above
  • Pill should be taken at the same time every day
  • Every pill is active. There are no placebo pills.
  • Some women will have a regular period on the pills, and others will not
  • See progestin-only pills for more
  • See dosing for information on starting and missed doses




  • PRICING

    • $ = 0 - $50
    • $$ = $51 - $100
    • $$$ = $101 - $150
    • $$$$ = > $151

    • Pricing based on one month of therapy at typical doses
    • Pricing based on survey of GoodRX.com®, HEB®, and Costco®, [accessed 9/2014]
    • Pricing may vary by region and availability



  • References:
  • 1 - Manufacturer's Package Insert for each drug listed