Levonorgestrel Pill (Generic Levonelle)

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  • Generic version of Levonelle 1500
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What is Levonorgestrel (Levonelle)?

Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) is an emergency contraceptive medication that can be used any time within 72 hours (3 days) of having unprotected sex, or if your normal method of contraception has failed.

This morning after pill is only available on prescription. You can buy Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) online From Medicine Direct after a simple and confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors or pharmacists. They will give you a prescription for this emergency contraception if they deem it the most suitable for your circumstances.

In the UK there are 3 commonly prescribed morning after pills, which include:

  • ellaOne
  • Levonelle 1500 (branded Levonorgestrel)
  • Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle 1500)

Levonorgestrel is the generic version of the morning after pill Levonelle 1500 and contains the same active ingredient. 

From there, you can place your order at our online pharmacy; order by 2pm for next day delivery.

How effective is Levonorgestrel at preventing pregnancy?

Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) is most effective when taken within the first 12 hours instead of delaying it until the third day.

It is up to 95% effective when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex. It is up to 85% effective if taken within 25 to 48 hours, and 58% effective if taken within 49 to 72 hours (3 days).

When compared to ellaOne morning after pill, Levonogestrel has to be taken in a slightly smaller timeframe. 72 hours to be precise compared to 120 hours for ellaOne.

How does the morning after pill work?

Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) 1.5mg tablets contain the active ingredient levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic hormone.

Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) is believed to work in two different ways:

  • Preventing your ovaries from releasing an egg
  • Preventing sperm from fertilising an egg that your ovaries may have released already

For this morning after pill to be effective, it must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of either having unprotected sex or your usual form of contraception failing. Take the pill as soon as possible.

It is important to remember that this form of contraceptive will not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Only condoms can do this. If you are worried about the possibility that you might have caught a sexually transmitted infection, please speak to your doctor or sexual health clinic. Medical treatments for several sexually transmitted infections are also available to buy from Medicine Direct, following a confidential online consultation.

Before you take the morning after pill

Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) is not suitable for everyone to use.

Do not use Levonorgestrel 1.5mg tablets if you are allergic to levonorgestrel or any of the other ingredients contained in this medication (please refer to the Ingredients tab for a full list of ingredients).

Do not use if:

  • You have any severe liver problems
  • You have inflammation of the fallopian tubes (salpingitis)
  • You have a history of ectopic pregnancy
  • You have a disease of the small bowel, such as Crohn's disease, as this can inhibit the drug from being absorbed

If you have had a previous infection of the fallopian tubes or previously had an ectopic pregnancy, you are at an increased risk of another ectopic pregnancy.

This medication should not be used by girls who have not had their first menstrual bleed.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Do not take this medicine if you are already pregnant. See your doctor as soon as possible if you become pregnant even after taking this pill. There is no known instances of Levonorgestrel 1.5mg tablets harming a baby growing in your womb/uterus if the medication is used as instructed.

However, your doctor may wish to check that it is not an ectopic pregnancy. This is more important if you have previously had an ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease or fallopian tube surgery, or if you have severe abdominal pain after you have taken Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle).

Levonorgestrel will be excreted into your breast milk, so you are advised to take the pill immediately after breastfeeding your baby and avoid nursing for at least 8 hours after taking it. Drain your milk with a breast pump for 8 hours after taking the pill.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Levonorgestrel (Levonelle) 1.5mg tablets come with the risk of side effects, although these will not affect everyone who takes it.

Very common side effects may occur in more than 1 in 10 people and include:

  • Headache
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Tiredness
  • Feeling sick
  • Irregular bleeding before your next period

Common side effects may affect up to 1 in to people and include:

  • Vomiting (Cyclizine Hydrochloride 50mg tablets may also be prescribed by your doctor in order to help you cope with the side effects)
  • Breast tenderness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Changes to your period (speak to your doctor if your period is more than 5 days late)
  • Dizziness

Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you.

This list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for rarer and more serious reactions you may suffer.

After taking Levonorgestrel

It is rare that you will vomit after you have taken this morning after pill. However, if you vomit within three hours of taking the pill, you must take a second tablet as the first may not have had enough time to take effect. If you are sick again, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Your next period may be irregular. You may also experience a lighter or heavier period than usual. If your next period is later than 5 days, you must either take a pregnancy test or speak to your doctor to rule out the possibility that you might be pregnant.

Levonorgestrel (Levonelle) only provides contraception protection for the one occasion you had unprotected sex. You must continue to use regular contraception pills to prevent pregnancy when you next have sex. If you are using the contraception pill or are using the patch, you will also need to use a condom for the rest of your menstrual cycle.

Levonorgestrel Pill Dosage and Directions

To effectively prevent pregnancy, you must take Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has instructed you. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

If you are already using another form of contraceptive, such as a contraceptive pill, you can keep taking this at your regular times.

If you are taking any other medicines that may prevent Levonorgestrel from working properly, or if you have used any of these medicines in the past four weeks, the morning after pill may be less effective. If this is the case, your doctor might prescribe you a different form of emergency contraception.

How to take

This morning after pill must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of having unprotected sex. Do not delay taking emergency contraception, take it as soon as possible. This pill is more effective the sooner you take it.

As long as you are not already pregnant or think you might be pregnant, Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) can be taken at any time during your menstrual cycle.

Swallow the pill whole with a drink of water. Do not crush or chew it.

How often can you use it?

Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) should only be used as an emergency contraceptive. The morning after pill should never be used a a regular form of contraception.

Using Levonorgestrel more than once during a menstrual cycle makes the pill less reliable and more likely to interfere with your period.

What to do if you are sick (vomit)?

If you vomit within the first three hours of taking the morning after pill, take another pill immediately.

What to do if you take too many tablets at once (overdose)?

There have been no reports of taking too many tablets at the same time. However, you may experience nausea, vomit or have vaginal bleeding if you take more than you were supposed to. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have taken too much Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle), especially if you have been sick as this may mean the contraceptive pill has not been effective.

Where to store

Store this contraception pill out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use Levonorgestrel 1.5mg tablets after the expiry date, which can be found on the packet.

Do not store in conditions above 25C and keep the pills in the original packaging, to keep them out of direct sunlight.

Can Levonorgestrel be purchased online?

Levonorgestrel can be bought from Medicine Direct after a simple and confidential online consultation with a certified doctor. They will prescribe you Levonelle if they deem it to be a suitable medication for you. You can then order Levonelle from our online pharmacy. Order by 2pm for next day delivery, which is particularly important for an emergency contraceptive pill that must be taken in the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex. Never buy Levonorgestrel (generic Levonelle 1500) or any other medication online unless it is from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), like Medicine Direct. This will ensure that you only buying genuine and approved medicines.

Does Generic Levonelle guarantee protection against an unwanted pregnancy?

For Generic Levonelle to be most effective, you should take this emergency contraception as soon as possible after having unprotected sex. It must be taken in the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex:
  • It is 95% effective if taken within 24 hours (one day) of having unprotected sex
  • It is 85% effective if taken within 25 to 48 hours (2 days) of having unprotected sex
  • It is 58% effective if taken within 49 to 72 hours (3 days) of having unprotected sex

Is it okay to take Generic Levonelle (Levonorgestrel) while breastfeeding, or if you are already pregnant?

This morning after pill must not be taken when you are already pregnant. Levonorgestrel can get into the breast milk, so if you need to take the emergency contraceptive pill while breastfeeding, take it immediately after breastfeeding and avoid nursing for at least 8 hours afterwards. Drain your milk with a breast pump for 8 hours after taking the pill.

If I take Generic Levonelle, can I continue taking the contraceptive pill?

Yes, you can continue taking your contraceptive pill as normal.

Can Levonorgestrel be taken regularly?

An emergency contraception pill like Generic Levonelle 1500 was not designed to be taken regularly. It should not be used as a normal form of regular contraception. Taking Levonelle more than once in your menstrual cycle can upset your menstrual cycle and also make the medicine less effective. If your next period is more than 5 days late, you must speak to your doctor.

Does this pill affect periods?

Levonorgestrel could cause irregular periods. If your next period is more than 5 days late, you should seek medical advice to rule out pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy.

What is Generic Levonelle made up of?

Generic Levonelle contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel, which is a synthetic female sex hormone. It also contains potato starch, magnesium stearate (E572), maize starch, colloidal silica anhydrous, lactose monohydrate and talc (E533b).

Is Levonorgestrel still effective if you have been sick?

If you vomit or have severe diarrhoea within three hours of taking Levonelle, you might need to take another pill as the medicine may not have had time to be absorbed into your body.

Will alcohol reduce the effectiveness of the morning after pill?

There is not evidence to show that alcohol will reduce the effectiveness of an emergency contraceptive.

Can levonorgestrel and antibiotics be taken effectively?

No evidence suggests that Levonelle will interact with antibiotics. However, you must always tell your doctor if you are currently taking any other medicine, whether it is a prescription or non-prescription medication, herbal remedy, vitamin or supplement.

Will Levonelle be affected by other drugs?

Certain drugs can interact with Levonelle. Please read the Warnings tab for a list of drug interactions you should be careful with. Always tell your doctor if you are already taking any form of medicine.

If you have Crohn's disease, can you take Levonelle?

You are not advised to take Levonelle if you have Crohn's disease or any disease of the small bowel. This may stop the morning after pill from being absorbed properly.

Side Effects

Very rare side effects may occur in up to 1 in every 10,000 people who take Levonorgestrel (Levonelle), but can include:

Seek medical attention if you suffer from any of the above while taking Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) 1.5 tablets.

Serious allergic reaction

In very rare cases, it is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Levonorgestrel (Levonelle).

You must call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you get any of the following reactions:

  • You have swelling in your mouth, face, tongue, lips or throat
  • You are wheezing
  • You develop a skin rash that may have red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You are finding it hard to breathe or speak
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat

You could be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on side effects and how to deal with them. If you are worried about side effects, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Warnings

Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on warnings and drug interactions. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor.

Before taking Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) 1.5mg tablets, tell your doctor if you are already taking any prescription or non-prescription medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.

Some other medicines might prevent Levonorgestrel from working properly, reducing its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. These medicines include:

  • Medicines to treat HIV, such as ritonavir or efavirenz
  • Griseofulvin, a medicine to treat fungal infections
  • Medicines used in the treatment of tuberculosis, such as rifampicin and rifabutin
  • Barbiturates and other medicines that are used to treat epilepsy, such as primidone, phenytoin, and carbamazepine
  • Any herbal remedies that contain St. John's wort

If you have used any of the medicines listed above in the last 4 weeks, your doctor may prescribe a non-hormonal version of emergency contraception for you to take instead.

Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) 1.5mg tablets may impair the effectiveness of other medicines:

  • Cyclosporine, which suppresses the immune system

Levonorgestrel contains lactose, so if you have been told by your doctor that you are intolerant to certain types of sugar, you should speak to them before taking this medication.

If you take this morning after pill and your next period is more than 5 days late, you should speak to your doctor. They may wish to rule out pregnancy or an ectopic pregnancy.

Driving and operating machinery

Levonorgestrel (Levonelle) will have no direct impact on your ability to drive or operate machines. However, some of the side effects of this emergency contraception are tiredness and dizziness. If you experience these reactions after taking the morning after pill, do not drive, cycle or operate any machinery until you feel better again.

If your symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Having unprotected sex does not only mean that you might be pregnant, you may also have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from your sexual partner. Taking the morning after pill will not protect you from sexually transmitted infections, so you must visit your doctor or local sexual health clinic to be checked for these.

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Ingredients

Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) 1.5mg tablets contain the active ingredient levonorgestrel.

They also contain the following inactive ingredients: Lactose monohydrate, maize starch, povidone K30, silica, colloidal anhydrous and magnesium stearate.

Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Levonorgestrel (Generic Levonelle) 1.5mg tablets if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed here.

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