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Before taking NorLevo® Morning After Pill

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, speak to a healthcare professional as they would be able to provide more information about NorLevo®.

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  • How should you take NorLevo® Morning After Pill?
    NorLevo® is most effective if taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse and no later than 72 hours (3 days) afterwards.

    Each pack of NorLevo® contains two tablets. Take both tablets with some water, as a single administration, as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse and no later than 72 hours (3 days) after intercourse.

    Alternatively, NorLevo® can be taken as one tablet, taken preferably within 12 hours of unprotected intercourse but no later than 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse, followed by the second tablet taken no more than 12 hours later.

    If you vomit within 3 hours of tablet intake, take an extra tablet immediately.

    NorLevo® can be taken at any time during the menstrual cycle.

    All further unprotected sexual intercourse must be avoided until the next menstrual period; until then only mechanical and/or chemical methods of contraception may be used. This means items such as condoms, spermicides, cervical caps or diaphragms.
  • What are the possible side effects after using NorLevo® Morning After Pill?
    Possible side effects which may be experienced include nausea and vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headache, lower abdominal pain, breast tenderness, vaginal bleeding.
  • Can you use NorLevo® Morning After Pill if you are breastfeeding?
    NorLevo® is secreted into breast milk and breastfeeding should not occur within 6 hours of taking NorLevo®. If you are breastfeeding your baby, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional for advice.
  • Are there contraindications to the use of NorLevo® Morning After Pill?
    NorLevo® should not be used if:
    • You have an allergy to any of the ingredients contained in NorLevo® (Levonorgestrel, lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone, anhydrous colloidal silica and magnesium stearate).
    • There is a possibility that pregnancy already exists e.g. if unprotected sexual intercourse has already taken place in the same cycle or if the last menstrual cycle failed to occur.
    • You have abnormal vaginal bleeding.
    • You have a severe liver disorder.
    • You have a history of arterial disease.
    • You’ve had an ectopic pregnancy.
  • If you use NorLevo® Morning After Pill but still fall pregnant, will the baby be harmed?
    Available data indicates that levonorgestrel contained in NorLevo® does not cause any harm to the foetus. NorLevo® will not work if you're already pregnant, since it cannot dislodge an embryo which has already implanted.
  • How often can you take NorLevo® Morning After Pill?
    NorLevo® should only be used in emergencies and not on a regular basis. However, there is no medical reason why you can’t use it more than once. If NorLevo®  is taken more than once within a menstrual cycle or more than occasional once-a-month use, it may upset your period.
  • Can NorLevo® Morning After Pill be used at any age?
    Any woman, from puberty to menopause can use NorLevo® in order to prevent an unplanned pregnancy following unprotected sexual intercourse.
When taken as directed, NorLevo® is intended to prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse. NorLevo® isn't effective if you're already pregnant, and it won't termintate an existing pregnancy. NorLevo® does not protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

72 Hour Window

In order to improve its efficacy, the morning after pill should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. This means taking it within 72 hours.

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