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General Information on Next Choice

Clinical Effects

Taking this contraceptive within 72 hours after unprotected sex reduces the risk of pregnancy by 89 percent. After any one act of unprotected intercourse, the average woman has an 8 percent chance of getting pregnant. If she takes Next Choice, that risk is reduced to about 1 percent.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind when using Next Choice include the following:
  • Original Next Choice comes in a pack with two tablets. The first one is taken right away within 72 hours of unprotected sex, and the second one is taken 12 hours later, even if this means taking it in the middle of the night.


  • The newer Next Choice ONE DOSE comes in a pack with just one tablet and is taken as a single dose. 
  • The sooner Next Choice is taken, the more effective it is at preventing pregnancy.
  • While it is not necessary to take this medicine with food, doing so can help prevent stomach upset.
  • If you vomit within one hour of taking a dose of Next Choice, call your healthcare provider immediately to see if you should repeat the dose.
  • For the contraceptive to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Dosing Information

The recommended dose depends on the particular product: the original Next Choice or Next Choice ONE DOSE. As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Next Choice Dosage for more information.)
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