This medication is used to help prevent pregnancy in women who have had unprotected sex (intercourse) or suspect a failure in their current form of birth control (e.g., broken condom). It is not intended to be used for routine birth control and will not stop an existing pregnancy (abortion).
How to use
Take one tablet of this medication by mouth as soon a possible, but within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected intercourse. Take the second tablet by mouth 12 hours after taking the first dose. However, your doctor may instruct you to take this medication a different way. Please follow the directions provided by your doctor closely. This medication can be used at any time during your menstrual cycle. If you vomit within one hour of taking either dose of this medication, contact your doctor to discuss whether to repeat the dose.
Drug Class and Mechanism
This medication is used to help prevent pregnancy in women who have had unprotected sex.
If you miss a dose, contact your doctor immediately.
Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: diabetes, possible pregnancy, unusual vaginal bleeding, allergies (especially to birth control pills). Tell your doctor if your normal menstrual period is late by at least 1 week. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for more details. This medication passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Possible Side Effects
Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, breast tenderness, tiredness and weakness, headache, menstrual changes, and diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: low stomach/abdominal pain If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not share this medication with others. As with other oral contraceptives, this medication does not protect or prevent against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.