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What is Levonorgestrel used for?

Levonorgestrel is an emergency contraceptive pill that helps prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or a suspected contraceptive failure (e.g. broken condom). It is a progestin hormone that works by preventing ovulation and by causing changes in the mucus of the cervix, which makes it harder for sperm to reach the egg. It also prevents the attachment of the fertilized egg to the walls of the uterus. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Levonorgestrel?

The dosage of Levonorgestrel prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Levonorgestrel can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Levonorgestrel?

If you have a missed a dose of Levonorgestrel medication, contact your doctor immediately.

What if you overdose on Levonorgestrel?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Levonorgestrel, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Levonorgestrel?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Levonorgestrel.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Levonorgestrel, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Levonorgestrel can interact with HIV protease inhibitors.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Levonorgestrel?

Like other medicines, Levonorgestrel can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Levonorgestrel are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Levonorgestrel cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Levonorgestrel develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Levonorgestrel can cause side effects such as tiredness, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Levonorgestrel.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Levonorgestrel?

Is it possible for me to take Levonorgestrel with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Levonorgestrel?
What are the possible drug interactions of Levonorgestrel?
How will Levonorgestrel work in my body?
How should Levonorgestrel be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Levonorgestrel drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Levonorgestrel is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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