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Generic Name: levonorgestrel (LEE-voe-nor-JES-trel)
Brand Name: Examples include My Way and Plan B One-Step
My Way is used for:
Preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse or suspected birth control failure.
My Way 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 if fertilization occurs.
Do NOT use My Way if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in My Way
- you are or suspect that you are pregnant
- you have abnormal vaginal bleeding
- you are taking nevirapine, rifampin, or St. John's wort
- you have had a stroke or history of bleeding of the brain, known or suspected breast cancer, or a blood clotting disorder
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using My Way:
Some medical conditions may interact with My Way. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of ectopic pregnancy or you are premenstrual
- if you have diabetes
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with My Way. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Lamotrigine because its effectiveness is decreased, and when levonorgestrel is stopped, toxic effects, such as nausea, dizziness, and vision problems may occur
- Antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), aprepitant, barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), bosentan, carbamazepine, felbamate, griseofulvin, HIV protease inhibitors (eg, indinavir), hydantoins (eg, phenytoin), modafinil, nevirapine, oxcarbazepine, penicillins (eg, amoxicillin), rifampin, rufinamide, St. John's wort, tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), topiramate, or troglitazone because they may decrease My Way's effectiveness
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased or decreased by My Way
- Beta-adrenergic blockers (eg, metoprolol), corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), selegiline, theophylline, or troleandomycin because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased by My Way
- Valproic acid because its effectiveness may be decreased by My Way
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if My Way may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use My Way:
Use My Way as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with My Way. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Take My Way as soon as possible within 72 hours after suspected birth control failure or after you have unprotected sexual intercourse. Follow the directions provided by your doctor.
- My Way can be used any time during the menstrual cycle.
- If vomiting occurs within 2 hours after taking My Way, talk with your health care provider to discuss whether to repeat that dose.
- A physical exam is not needed before taking My Way. If you are unsure about your general health or pregnancy status, a follow-up physical or pelvic exam may be needed after taking My Way.
- If you miss a dose of My Way, contact your doctor right away.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use My Way.
Important safety information:
- My Way may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use My Way with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- My Way is an emergency contraceptive. It should not be used for routine birth control. If you have sexual intercourse after you take My Way but before you have your next menstrual period, be sure to use an effective form of contraception, such as a diaphragm or condom.
- My Way does not protect against HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- If your normal menstrual period is late by more than 1 week, call your doctor right away.
- Diabetes patients - My Way may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- My Way should not be used in CHILDREN who have not had their first menstrual period; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: My Way will not end an existing pregnancy. Do not use My Way if you are pregnant. My Way is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use My Way, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of My Way:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Breast tenderness; changes in menstrual flow; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; nausea; stomach pain; tiredness; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe and persistent lower stomach pain; spotting instead of your usual period.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include nausea; vaginal bleeding; vomiting.Proper storage of My Way:
Store My Way between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep My Way out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about My Way, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- My Way is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take My Way or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about My Way. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to My Way. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using My Way.