GENERIC NAME: LEVONORGESTREL - IMPLANT (lee-voh-nor-JEST-rell)
BRAND NAME(S): Norplant
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.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver disease, diabetes, seizure disorder, kidney disease, heart trouble, eye disorders, asthma, a history of depression or migraines, history of blood clots, any miscarriages and/or breast cancer, any allergies you have. This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. This medication is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before you breast-feed.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: This medication can alter the effects of other medications. Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. This medication can alter the results of certain laboratory tests. Remind your doctor you are taking this medication if you are scheduled for any lab tests. 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. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
MISSED DOSE: The benefit of this medication is that it does not have to be taken routinely. Missed doses are not an issue.
STORAGE: Before implantation, store this medication at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
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