What are Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg are a safe, FDA-approved, form of emergency contraception, which contain an elevated dose of the same drug found in many common daily-use oral contraceptives. They are a generic product that is bioequivalent to the previously available two tablet Plan B® product. They are designed to prevent unwanted pregnancy in the event that normal contraceptives fail, are not used, or are not available.

How do Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg work?

By providing an elevated dose of the same drug used in many daily-use oral birth control pills, Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg prevent pregnancy by preventing or delaying ovulation. Once a woman becomes pregnant, Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg are not effective.

When should Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg be used?

Whenever your normal contraceptive practices fail, or have not been used, Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg may be used as a backup birth control method. If you feel your normal contraceptive methods have failed, you should take Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg as soon as possible.

When should you not use Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

Use of Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg should be limited to rare cases where normal birth control methods fail, or are unavailable, and emergency contraception is needed. You should not rely on Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg as a primary method of birth control. If you are already pregnant, they will have no effect. If you are allergic to levonorgestrel, or any of the ingredients in Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg, you should not take them. The product will NOT protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Some studies have shown that levonorgestrel-based emergency contraception may be less effective for heavier women (those with a Body Mass Index over 26). If you may be overweight, and are at risk of an unplanned pregnancy, contact your doctor or pharmacist to discuss your options for emergency contraception.

When are Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg taken?

Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg contain two (2) 0.75mg doses of levonorgestrel. The first tablet should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse, and the second tablet 12 hours later. The sooner the first dose is taken, the more effective the medicine is. If you experience vomiting within two hours of taking a dose, please consult your doctor, as a repeat dose may be necessary. Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg are designed to be effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse, but are most effective within the first 24 hours. In some cases, emergency contraception can be effective for up to 120 hours, but you should consult your doctor or pharmacist to discuss all of your options if it has been more than 72 hours since intercourse occurred.

How can I get the best results with Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg have been shown to be most effective if used within 24 hours of intercourse. If used within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, this medicine can prevent 7 of 8 pregnancies that would have otherwise occurred.

How will I know if Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg worked?

You will know Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg were effective when you begin your next menstrual cycle, which usually occurs within 7 days of the expected date. If menses are delayed more than 7 days from the expected date, consult your health care provider.

What if I'm pregnant and use Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg only prevent pregnancy. Once pregnancy has occurred, they will have no effect. If you take Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg while already pregnant, or they don't work and you become pregnant, they are not likely to cause harm to you or your unborn child.

Can Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg be used as a method for regular birth control?

Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg are designed for use as a form of emergency contraception (EC). They should not be used as a regular form of contraception. EC use should be limited to rare cases where normal birth control fails, such as when a woman forgets her normal oral contraceptive dosage, a condom slips or breaks, normal methods of birth control are not available, or in the event of sexual assault.

Normal contraceptive practices should resume immediately after taking Levonorgestrel tablets 0.75mg, as they are far more effective.

It is also important to note that emergency contraceptives may prevent pregnancy but do NOT protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

How often can I use Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg may be used on as many occasions as necessary, but should be limited to rare occasions. This medicine is designed for use in any instance where normal contraceptive methods have, or may have, failed. Keep in mind that they are only designed for emergency use, and should not be used in place of normal birth control and contraceptive practices, which when applied properly have a significantly higher success rate.

Are there any side effects associated with Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

When used as directed, Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg are safe and effective. Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness and breast tenderness. Some women may have changes in their period, a heavier or lighter next period, or a period that is early or late. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical attention.

When can I begin taking my regular birth control pills after taking Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

Normal contraceptive practices should resume immediately after taking Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg, as they have no lasting effect on a woman's ability to become pregnant beyond the time they are taken. Consult with your healthcare professional for instructions on taking your oral contraceptive.

Are there warnings that I should know about with Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

In very rare cases, ectopic pregnancy may occur. A doctor should be consulted immediately if abdominal pain occurs 3 to 5 weeks after taking Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg, or if the next expected menses is delayed more than reasonably expected, as pregnancy may have occurred.

The product will NOT protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This medicine should not be used as a primary method of birth control, as it is less effective than routine methods.

Some studies have shown that levonorgestrel-based emergency contraception may be less effective for heavier women (those with a Body Mass Index over 26). If you may be overweight, and are at risk of an unplanned pregnancy, contact your doctor or pharmacist to discuss your options for emergency contraception.

Where can I learn more about Levonorgestrel tablets, 0.75mg?

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