What is Emergency Contraceptive and what it is used for?
Emergency contraceptive that can be used after unprotected sex or where a contraceptive method has failed. This type of contraception is often called 'the morning-after pill'.Each pack of contains a complete treatment which is one round, white tablet. The tablet contains 1500 microgram of levonorgestrel, which is the active ingredient. Also contains the inactive ingredients: potato starch, maize starch, colloidal silica anhydrous, magnesium stearate (E572), talc (E533b), lactose monohydrate.
How does The Morning After Pill Work?
Prevents about 84% of expected pregnancies when it is taken within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex. Will not prevent a pregnancy in every instance, but the tablet is more effective the sooner after unprotected sex it is taken (it is better to take it within 12 hours rather than delay until the third day).
Thought to work by:
stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg
preventing sperm from fertilising any egg you may have already released; or stopping a fertilised egg from attaching itself to your womb lining. Stops a pregnancy before it is established. It does not work if you are already pregnant.
Before you take The Morning After Pill
How to take
You should only use in emergencies and not as a regular method of contraception. If used more than once in a menstrual cycle it is more likely to upset your menstrual cycle (period).
Does not work as well as regular methods of contraception. Your doctor, practice nurse or family planning clinic can tell you about long-term methods of contraception which are more effective in preventing you from getting pregnant.
What to do if you are sick (vomit)?
If you are sick (vomit) within three hours of taking the tablet, you should take another tablet. You will need to contact your pharmacist, doctor, practice nurse or family planning clinic immediately for advice and another tablet.
What to do if you take too many tablets at once (overdose)?
Although there have been no reports of serious harmful effects from taking too many tablets at once, you may feel sick, actually be sick (vomit), or have vaginal bleeding. You should ask your pharmacist, doctor, practice nurse or family planning clinic for advice, especially if you have been sick, as the tablet may not have worked properly.
After you have taken the morning after pillAfter you have taken the product, if you want to have sex, and are not using the contraceptive pill, you should use condoms or a cap plus spermicide. This is because the product won't work if you have unprotected sex again, before your next period is due.
After you have taken, you are advised to make an appointment to see your doctor about three weeks later, to make sure that the product has worked. If your period is more than 5 days late or is unusually light or unusually heavy, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. If you do become pregnant even after taking this medicine, it is important that you see your doctor.
Your doctor can also tell you about longer-term methods of contraception which are more effective in preventing you from getting pregnant.
If you continue to use regular hormonal contraception such as the contraceptive pill and you do not have a bleed in your pill-free period, see your doctor to make sure you are not pregnant.
What are the possible side effects?
Where to store
If you should need to store your tablet, keep it out of the reach and sight of children and in its original container.
Do not take the tablet after the use by date, which is printed on the pack.
Always read the Patient Information Leaflet (opens in new tab) before use.
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