Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel, Next Choice One Dose, My Way)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: levonorgestrel

BRAND NAME: Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, My Way


PRESCRIPTION: No. Most emergency contraception pills can be purchased over-the-counter or OTC (without a prescription). However, some age restrictions may apply.


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.


  • 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:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2016
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