levonorgestrel-implant, Norplant (cont.)

HOW TO USE: A set of six specially designed capsules are inserted by a health care professional just under the skin in the upper arm. The medication is slowly released into the body over a five year period. The capsules may be replaced after 5 years if continued contraception is desired. The capsules may also be removed at any time by a health care professional. Carefully read the information the doctor provides you about this medication. Be sure to ask any questions you may have about its use.

SIDE EFFECTS: This medication causes irregular menstrual bleeding patterns, lack of menstruation, spotting, stomach upset, headache, stomach cramps, nausea, acne, change in appetite, sweating, weight gain, or irritation at the insertion site. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: pain, redness or warmth at the insertion site, depression, changes in vision, swelling of the feet or ankles, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, pale stools. This medication may affect contact lens wearers. Consult your eye doctor if you experience changes in vision or have difficulty with your contact lenses while taking this medication. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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