GENERIC NAME: levonorgestrel
BRAND NAME: Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, My Way
DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Plan B, Next Choice
PRESCRIPTION: No. Most emergency contraception pills can be purchased over-the-counter or OTC (without a prescription). However, some age restrictions may apply.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Emergency contraception pills are used to help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or when birth control methods fail. Emergency contraception is a backup method of preventing pregnancy and should not be used routinely.
SIDE EFFECTS WARNING:
- Severe abdominal pain may be a sign of ectopic (outside of the uterus) pregnancy which requires immediate medical attention.
- Levonorgestrel is not effective in terminating an existing pregnancy.
- Some women may experience changes in their period such as spotting or bleeding before their next period. If the period is more than a week late, females should get a pregnancy test and consult with her doctor.
- Emergency contraception pills do not protect against the AIDS virus or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Side effects include:
- Menstrual changes
- Lower stomach (abdominal) pain
- Breast pain
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