People who want to prevent an unintentional pregnancy after unprotected sex may benefit from Next Choice® (levonorgestrel). This emergency birth control pill is taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex; the sooner this product is taken, the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy.
Next Choice is available without a prescription for women or men age 17 years old and older. People younger than 17 years of age can only obtain this contraceptive with a prescription.
For original Next Choice, there are two tablets included in each pack. The first tablet is taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex (within 72 hours). The second tablet is taken 12 hours after the first dose. The newer version, Next Choice ONE DOSE, comes as a single tablet that is taken as just one dose.
(For more details on this form of emergency birth control, click Next Choice. This Web article takes a closer look at how this contraceptive works, possible safety concerns, and potential side effects.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Next Choice [package insert]. Corona, CA: Watson Laboratories, Inc;2009 August.
Plan B One-Step [package insert]. Pomona, NY: Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;2009 July.
Lexi-Interact [computer program]. Lexi-Comp, Inc.; March 29, 2011.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed March 29, 2011.
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