CONTRA (Levonorgestrel 1.5mg )
CONTRA is used for:
Preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse or suspected birth control failure.
Levonorgestrel is a progestin. Exactly how it works is not known. It may prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, altering transport of sperm or eggs to prevent fertilization, or altering the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation should fertilization occur.
How to use Levonorgestrel:
Use Levonorgestrel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Levonorgestrel. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take Levonorgestrel as soon as possible after suspected birth control failure or after you have unprotected sexual intercourse. The first dose must be taken within 72 hours. Take the second tablet 12 hours after the first tablet. However, your doctor may instruct you to take Levonorgestrel in a different way. Follow the directions provided by your doctor.
- Levonorgestrel can be used any time during the menstrual cycle.
- If vomiting occurs within 1 hour after taking either tablet of Levonorgestrel, talk with your health care provider to discuss whether to repeat that dose.
- A physical exam is not needed before taking Levonorgestrel. If you are unsure about your general health or pregnancy status, a follow-up physical or pelvic exam may be needed after taking Levonorgestrel.
Possible side effects of Levonorgestrel:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Breast tenderness; changes in menstrual flow; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; nausea; stomach pain; tiredness; vomiting.