Emergency contraceptive dosing

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How do you take Plan B One-Step or Next Choice?

Answer

Plan B One-Step« is one tablet of levonorgestrel 1.5 mg and should be taken within 72 hours (ideally within 24 hours) of unprotected sex, including contraceptive failure (such as a torn diaphragm or condom).

Next Choice« contains two tablets of levonorgestrel 0.75 mg. The first tablet should be taken within 72 hours (ideally within 24 hours) of unprotected sex, including contraceptive failure (such as a torn diaphragm or condom). The second tablet is to be taken 12 hours after the first tablet is taken.

Among possible side effects that can be seen with taking either Plan B One-Step« or Next Choice« are: nausea, abdominal pain, tiredness, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness.

Important Note: should you vomit within 1 hour of taking Plan B One-Step« or either tablet of Next Choice«, call your healthcare provider immediately to determine whether you need to repeat the dose.

Learn more about safe sex and birth control in the Health Encyclopedia.

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