If you are at least 17 years of age, you do not need a prescription to obtain Next Choice® (levonorgestrel). This emergency contraceptive is used within 72 hours after having unprotected sex to help prevent pregnancy.
Although this form of contraception may be an effective form of birth control, it may not be appropriate for everyone. For instance, you may not be able to take this morning-after pill if you have diabetes or if you suspect you may already be pregnant.
Although many people do not have any problems while taking Next Choice, side effects can occur and may include headaches, nausea, and fatigue. If negative reactions do occur, they tend to be mild and easily treated.
(For more information on this emergency contraceptive, click Next Choice. This article covers how this birth control method works, discusses its effectiveness, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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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