If you have unprotected sex, you may consider taking the "morning-after pill" Next Choice® (levonorgestrel). When this emergency contraceptive is taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex, it can help prevent pregnancy.
Next Choice is available over-the-counter (OTC) for individuals (women or men) who are at least 17 years old. People younger than 17 years of age must have a prescription to obtain this contraceptive.
Original Next Choice comes in a pack with two pills. The first pill is taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex (within 72 hours). The second pill is taken 12 hours after the first one. The sooner you take this emergency contraceptive, the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy. The newer version, Next Choice ONE DOSE, comes as a single tablet that is taken as just one dose.
(For more information on this morning-after pill, click Next Choice. This full-length article provides details on how this contraceptive works, possible side effects, and why this product may not be safe for some people.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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