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What is Levonelle?
Levonelle 1500 is an emergency contraceptive (morning after pill) that can be taken within 72 hours (3 days) to prevent pregnancy, if you either had unprotected sex or your contraception has not worked.
You can buy Levonelle 1500 from Medicine Direct, following an online consultation with one of our certified doctors.
If you order before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your product, which is particularly important for this pill, giving you plenty of time to take it within the 3 day time limit.
What is Levonelle used to treat?
Levonelle 1500 is an emergency contraception, used to prevent pregnancy, which should be taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.
It is one of two emergency contraceptive pills that is commonly prescribed in the UK with the other being the ellaOne morning after pill.
You can take Levonelle if you have had unprotected sex, or if your contraception has failed to provide adequate protection.
- When you have not taken a contraceptive pill or used any other form of contraception during sexual intercourse.
- When a contraception may not have been used correctly, such as a condom being used the wrong way or if it ripped.
Levonelle 1500 contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic hormone that prevents about 84% of expected pregnancies when taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. It will not prevent all pregnancies and is more likely to be effective the sooner you take it after having unprotected sex.
It is best to take this medicine as soon as possible after having sexual intercourse, rather than leaving it until the third day. Ideally, you should take this emergency contraceptive within 12 hours of having sexual intercourse.
Levonelle 1500 is believed to work by preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg and stopping the sperm from fertilising any egg your ovaries may have released already.
It can only stop you from becoming pregnant if you take it within 72 hours (3 days) of having unprotected sex. Taking Levonelle will not work if you are already pregnant.
If you have unprotected sex again after you have taken Levonelle, this emergency contraception will not work to prevent pregnancy in this case.
Levonelle 1500 should not be used before a woman’s first menstrual bleeding.
Who can take Levonelle 1500?
Levonelle 1500 is an effective morning after pill, but it is not suitable to use under certain conditions.
Do not use Levonelle if you are allergic to levonorgestrel or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine (please, refer to the Ingredients tab for full details).
This medicine should not be used by children or young women who are yet to have their first period (menarche).
Speak to your doctor before taking Levonelle as an emergency contraception if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- You have any severe liver problems
- You have a history of ectopic pregnancy
- You have a history of salpingitis (inflammation of the Fallopian tubes)
- You have any disease of the small bowel that can inhibit the absorption of a drug
If you have previously had an ectopic pregnancy or infection of the Fallopian tubes, this can increase your risk of another ectopic pregnancy.
Possible side effects
Like any morning after pill, Levonelle 1500 does come with the risk of side effects, although not every woman who takes it will get them. Speak to your doctor if any of these side effects bother you or do not go away.
These very common side effects affect more than 1 in every 10 people who take it:
- Feeling sick
- Irregular bleeding until your next period
- Lower abdominal pain
Common adverse effects may affect up to 1 in 10 people:
- Being sick (if you are sick within three hours of taking Levonelle, you should take another pill)
- Breast tenderness
- Your period may be different – if it is later than 5 days or unusually light or heavy, speak to your doctor as soon as possible
This list is not exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to use any form of medicine. For a list of rarer, more serious reactions you could experience, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page.
Never purchase medicine online unless it is from a UK registered online pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), like Medicine Direct.
All of our doctors are fully certified and are recognised by the General Medical Council, meaning they can legally give you impartial and professional medical advice, and legally prescribe you the medicines they believe to be the most beneficial for your case.
Following an online consultation, you can buy your medicine from our online pharmacy. Order online with us before 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery on your medicine.
Levonelle Dosage and Directions
Always take Levonelle 1500 exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Check with them if you are not sure about how to take it.
Ideally, you should take this pill within 12 hours of having unprotected sex.
Swallow the pill whole with a drink of water; do not chew or crush the pill.
Levonelle may be taken at any time during your menstrual cycle, as long as you are not currently pregnant or think that you may be pregnant.
How to take Levonelle 1500
Like any morning after pill, you should take Levonelle as soon as possible, ideally within 12 hours and no later than 72 hours (3 days) after having unprotected sex.
Take 1 tablet as soon as possible after having sexual intercourse; this pill can only prevent you from becoming pregnant if taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex.
If you are already using a contraceptive pill or any other form of regular contraception, you can keep taking this at the regular times.
If you are sick within three hours of taking Levonelle, you should take another tablet straight away. This will make sure that you have properly ingested the drug.
After taking the morning after pill
Once you have taken Levonelle, you should make sure that you are using a contraception when you next have sex. You must use a condom and/or cap that contains spermicide until your next period. Levonelle 1500 will not work if you have unprotected sex again before your next period is due to come.
You should make an appointment to see a doctor after you have taken an emergency contraceptive like Levonelle 1500. This is to make sure that the morning after pill was effective at preventing you from becoming pregnant.
If your period is late by more than 5 days, or is unusually light or heavy, you should speak to your doctor as soon as you can. If you do become pregnant after taking Levonelle, you should also contact your doctor as soon as possible.
When you see your doctor, ask them about longer-term methods of contraception which will be more effective in preventing you from becoming pregnant.
If you decide to keep using a regular hormonal contraception, such as the contraceptive pill, and you do not have a bleed in your pill-free period, you should visit your doctor to make sure that you are not pregnant.
What if I take more than I am supposed to?
There have been very few reports of women suffering from serious adverse effects if they have taken more Levonelle than they were supposed to.
However, this may cause you to feel sick, be sick, or experience vaginal bleeding. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice, particularly if you have been sick, as this may mean that the tablet has not taken effect properly.
Your next period after taking Levonelle 1500
Once you have taken Levonelle 1500, your period should continue as normal and start on the usual day of your menstrual cycle.
If it comes more than 5 days later, an abnormal bleeding occurs, or you think that you may be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test to determine for sure whether or not you are pregnant.
If you have any questions or concerns about taking an emergency contraception, we strongly advise you to speak to your doctor or pharmacist about this.
Levonelle 1500 FAQ's
What are the benefits of taking Levonelle 1500?
How does it work?
How do I buy Levonelle 1500 online?
You can order Levonelle online at Medicine Direct after an online consultation with one of our certified doctors. If you order from our online pharmacy before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery, meaning you will be able to take the pill well within the 72 hour period required for this medication to be effective.Never buy any medication online unless it is from an online pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, like Medicine Direct. We are a fully registered online pharmacy, and all of our doctors are licensed and registered with the General Medical Council.
How effective is Levonelle?
How often can you use Levonelle?
Levonelle should only be taken in emergencies, not as a regular form of contraception. If you use Levonelle more than once in the same menstrual cycle, your period is more likely to be disrupted and it is less likely to be an effective form of emergency contraceptive.This pill does not work as effectively as regular forms of contraception, so you should speak to a doctor, pharmacist or nurse about more effective forms of contraception, which are safe to use on a regular basis.
Should I bleed after taking Levonelle?
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Can I drive or operate machinery when I've taken it?
Levonelle Side Effects
The more common and mild side effects of Levonelle can be found on the main product page.
The following side effects are very rare and may affect up to 1 in every 1,000 people. Speak to your doctor if you suffer from any of the following:
- Painful periods
- Pelvic pain
- Swelling of the face
In rare cases, it is possible that you could suffer from a serious allergic reaction to taking this medication, and you may require immediate treatment in hospital.
You should either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- You are wheezing
- You have a skin rash that is red, swollen, itchy, blistered or peeling skin
- You have tightness in the chest or throat
- You are finding it difficult to speak or breathe
- You have swelling in your face, mouth, tongue, lips or throat
Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking a new medicine, for a comprehensive list of side effects.
If you have any concerns or questions at all, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor first.
Levonelle Warnings and drug interactions
Like all drugs, Levonelle may interact with other medicines you are taking at the same time, which could hinder its effectiveness or increase your risk of experiencing adverse effects.
It is very important that you always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are already taking any other medicines, before you start to take a new one. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
In particular, if you have taken any of the following medicines in the last 4 weeks, Levonelle may not be suitable for you to take. In this case, your doctor may prescribe you a different emergency contraceptive to take.
Inform your doctor if you have recently taken any of the following in the last 4 weeks:
- Any herbal remedies which contain St John's Wort
- A medicine used to treat fungal infections (griseofulvin)
- Barbiturates and any medicines that are used to treat epilepsy, such as primidone, phenytoin or carbamazepine
- Any medication used to treat HIV
- Any medicines that are used to treat tuberculosis, such as rifampicin or rifabutin
Levonelle may interfere with the effectiveness of cyclosporin, which is a medicine to suppress the immune system.
Levonelle will not prevent a pregnancy every time, and it is most likely to be effective if it is taken within 12 hours of having unprotected sexual intercourse. All forms of emergency contraception should be taken as soon as possible after having unprotected sexual intercourse
Some research as suggested that Levonelle 1500 may be less effective with increasing body weight or body mass index (BMI). However, this research was inconclusive, so Levonelle is still recommended for all women, no matter what their weight or BMI might be.
If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of this medication, please do not hesitate to discuss these with your doctor or pharmacist, before you start to use it.
Sexually transmitted diseases
If you have had unprotected sex, it is possible that you could have contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or the HIV virus.
Levonelle does not protect women from sexually transmitted infections, only condoms can do this.
If you are worried about the possibility of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, you should either speak to a sexual health clinic, your doctor, or pharmacist, as soon as possible. They will be able to run tests to determine whether or not you have caught an infection, and advise on the best course of treatment.
Various sexual health treatments can be bought online at Medicine Direct's pharmacy, when prescribed by a doctor, after an online consultation.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are currently pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, you should speak to your doctor, who may prescribe you an alternative emergency contraception to use.
You should not use this medicine if you are currently pregnant. While there is no evidence to suggest that Levonelle will harm an unborn baby, you may wish to check with your doctor to make sure your pregnancy is not ectopic.
If you develop severe abdominal pain after taking the morning after pill, have had a previous ectopic pregnancy, any pelvic inflammatory disease or Fallopian tube operations, it is even more important you speak to a doctor.
Levonelle will not work if you are already pregnant; it cannot terminate a pregnancy.
You may already be pregnant if any of these apply to you:
- Your period is late by more than 5 days, or if you experience unusual bleeding when your next period is due
- You last had unprotected sex longer than 72 hours ago, and since your last period
Inform your doctor if you are currently breastfeeding before you take this tablet. Levonelle 1500's active ingredient will get into your breast milk, so you should take 1 tablet immediately after breastfeeding.
Avoid breastfeeding for at least 8 hours after taking it, and drain your milk using a breast pump at least 8 hours after you have taken the tablet. This will reduce the amount of the medicine your baby might ingest through your breast milk.
Levonelle increases the possibility of your experiencing menstruation disturbances. Sometimes, this can lead to earlier or later ovulation, which can results in a different fertility date.
The active ingredient contained in Levonelle is levonorgestrel.
Inactive ingredients also contained in this medication are: potato starch, maize starch, colloidal silica anhydrous, magnesium stearate, talc, lactose monohydrate.
You should not use Levonelle if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients listed above.
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