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A 23-year-old male asked about a 21-year-old female:

She took nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) as an ecp so it should be 4 pills every 12 hours (2 takes, max 24 hours) but she forgot the instructions and she took 4 takes every 12 hrs. will she be ok? is it overdose?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
4 pills, then 4 more: If using Nordette (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) for emergency contraception, the Princeton University publication recommends taking 4 pills and then 4 pills 12 hours later. This question is a bit unclear, but if one took 4 pills, then 4 more in 12 hours, then 4 more in another 12 hours, she should be ok but she might have estrogen symptoms like nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, breast tenderness, menstrual changes this cycle.

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