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Levonorgestrel oral
LEVONORGESTREL - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

LEVONORGESTREL - ORAL

(lee-voh-nor-JEST-rell)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Plan B

Uses

This medication is used to help prevent pregnancy in women who have had unprotected sex (intercourse) or suspect a failure in their current form of birth control (e.g., broken condom). It is not intended to be used for routine birth control and will not stop an existing pregnancy (abortion).

How To Use

Take one tablet of this medication by mouth as soon a possible, but within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected intercourse. Take the second tablet by mouth 12 hours after taking the first dose. However, your doctor may instruct you to take this medication a different way. Please follow the directions provided by your doctor closely. This medication can be used at any time during your menstrual cycle. If you vomit within one hour of taking either dose of this medication, contact your doctor to discuss whether to repeat the dose.

Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, breast tenderness, tiredness and weakness, headache, menstrual changes, and diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: low stomach/abdominal pain If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: diabetes, possible pregnancy, unusual vaginal bleeding, allergies (especially to birth control pills). Tell your doctor if your normal menstrual period is late by at least 1 week. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for more details. This medication passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially of: other birth control medications (e.g., oral contraceptives, implants), anti- seizure medications (e.g., carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin), rifampin. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. As with other oral contraceptives, this medication does not protect or prevent against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, contact your doctor immediately.

Storage

Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted.