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EMERRES 1.5 MG TABLET

Active substance(s): LEVONORGESTREL

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Emerres 1.5 mg Tablets
levonorgestrel

If you are worried about sexually transmitted diseases
If you did not use a condom (or if it has been torn or slid
down)
during the intercourse, it might be possible that you
Do not take Emerres
have caught a sexually transmitted disease or the HIV virus.
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If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to levonorgestrel or
This medicine will not protect you against sexually
any of the other ingredients of Emerres (see section 6).
transmitted diseases, only condoms can do this. Ask your
doctor, nurse, family planning clinic or pharmacist for advice
Warnings and precautions
if
you are worried about this.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse before taking
2. What you need to know before you take Emerres

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking
this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
Emerres.
Other medicines and Emerres
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has told you.
In all women, emergency contraception should be taken as
recently
taken any other medicines, including other
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Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. There is
medicines.
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Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or
some evidence that Emerres may be less effective with
advice.
increasing body weight or body mass index (BMI), but these
The medicines listed below, including non-prescription
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If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist
data were limited and inconclusive. Therefore, Emerres is
drugs,
can reduce or inhibit the effect of Emerres:
or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed
still recommended for all women regardless of their weight
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some drugs used to treat epilepsy (phenobarbital,
in this leaflet.
or BMI.
phenytoin, primidone, carbamazepine);
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You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you
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some drugs to treat HIV infection (ritonavir);
feel worse.
You are advised to speak to a healthcare professional if you
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some drugs used to treat infections (rifabutin, rifampicin,
are concerned about any problems related to taking
griseofulvin);
What is in this leaflet:
emergency contraception.
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herbal products containing St. John's Wort (Hypericum
1. What Emerres is and what it is used for
perforatum).
2. What you need to know before you take Emerres
If any of the following applies to you, talk to your doctor
3.
4.
5.
6.

Emerres 1.5mg Tablets

How to take Emerres
Possible side effects
How to store Emerres
Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Emerres is and what it is used for
Emerres is commonly known as 'the morning after pill'. It is
used to reduce the chances of becoming pregnant after
unprotected sex or failure of a contraceptive method.
Emerres contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel,
which is a synthetic derivative of the naturally occurring
female sex hormone and it is not fully understood how this
medicine prevents pregnancy. It is thought to work by
preventing ovulation and fertilisation and also by altering the
lining of the womb, depending on which stage of the
menstrual cycle the woman is at.
Emerres is not indicated for use before the first menstrual
bleeding (menarche).
It is estimated that 84 per cent of pregnancies will be
prevented if this morning-after pill is taken within 72 hours of
unprotected sex. The tablet is more effective at preventing
pregnancy the earlier it is taken, so it is important to take it as
soon as possible after unprotected sex, rather than delay to
the third day.

before taking this medication as emergency contraception
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
may not be suitable for you. Your doctor may prescribe
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be
another type of emergency contraception for you.
pregnant
or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or
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If you are pregnant or think that you may already be
pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
pregnant. This medicine will not work if you are already
pregnant. If you are already pregnant, Emerres cannot
Pregnancy
terminate pregnancy, as Emerres is not an “abortion pill”.
You should not take this medicine if you are already
pregnant. If you do become pregnant even after taking this
You may already be pregnant if:
medicine, it is important that you see your doctor. There is no
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your period is more than 5 days late, or you have
evidence that Emerres will harm a baby that develops in
experienced unusual bleeding when your next period is
your uterus/womb if you use Emerres as described.
due.
Nevertheless,
your doctor may want to check that the
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you have had unprotected sex more than 72 hours ago,
pregnancy is not ectopic (where the baby develops
and since your last period.
somewhere outside the womb). This is especially important
if you develop severe abdominal pain after taking Emerres
The use of Emerres is not advised if:
or
if you have previously had an ectopic pregnancy,
you have a disease of your small bowel (such as Crohn's
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Fallopian tube surgery or pelvic inflammatory disease.
disease) that inhibits the absorption of the drug.

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you have severe liver problems.
Breast-feeding
you have a history of ectopic pregnancy (where the baby
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Very small amounts of the active ingredient of this medicine
develops somewhere outside the womb).
may appear in your breast milk. This is not thought to be
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you have a history of salpingitis (inflammation of the
harmful
to the baby. If you are worried you can take your
Fallopian tubes).
tablet immediately after a breast-feed and avoid nursing for
A previous ectopic pregnancy and a previous infection of the
at
least 8 hours after taking Emerres. In this way you can
fallopian tubes increase the risk of a new ectopic pregnancy.
reduce the amount of active ingredient your baby may take
in with the breast milk.

Fertility
Emerres increases the chances of menstruation
disturbances which can alter when your egg is released and
therefore effect when you can become pregnant, however,
there are no fertility data in the long term.
Driving and using machines
Emerres is unlikely to affect your ability to drive a car or use
machines. However, if you feel tired or dizzy do not drive or
operate machinery.
Emerres contains lactose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have
intolerance to sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
medicine.
3. How to take Emerres
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Take one Emerres tablet as soon as possible, preferably
within 12 hours, and no later than 72 hours (3 days) after you
have had unprotected sex. Emerres can be taken at any
time in your menstrual cycle assuming you are not already
pregnant or think you may be pregnant. Do not chew but
swallow the tablet whole with water. Do not delay taking the
tablet. The tablet works better the sooner you take it after
having unprotected sex.
If you are already using a regular method of contraception
such as the contraceptive pill, you can continue to take this
at your regular times.
If another unprotected intercourse takes place after the use
of Emerres (also if this is during the same menstrual cycle),
the tablet will not exert its contraceptive effect and there is
again the risk of pregnancy.
Use in children and adolescents
This medicine is not recommended for use in children. Very
limited data is available in women under 16 years of age.
What to do if you are sick (vomit)
If you are sick (vomit) within three hours of taking the tablet,
you should immediately take another tablet.
Once you have taken this medicine, talk to a pharmacist or
doctor if your next period is more than 5 days late or you
suspect you may be pregnant.

If you get any lower stomach pain or discomfort, talk to a
doctor straight away.
If you take more Emerres than you should
Although there have been no reports of serious harmful
effects from taking too many tablets at once, you may feel
sick, actually be sick (vomit), or have vaginal bleeding. You
should ask your pharmacist, doctor, practice nurse or family
planning clinic for advice, especially if you have been sick,
as the tablet may not have worked properly.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Emerres can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):

5. How to store Emerres
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated
on the carton after 'EXP'. The expiry date refers to the last
day of that month.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage
conditions.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.

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Feeling sick (nausea).
6. Contents of the pack and other information
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You might have some irregular bleeding until your next
period.

What Emerres contains

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You might have lower abdominal pain.
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The active substance is levonorgestrel.
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Tiredness.
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The other ingredients are lactose monohydrate,
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Headache.
povidone (E1201), maize starch, silica colloidal
anhydrous (E551) and magnesium stearate (E572).
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
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Being sick (vomiting). If you are sick, read the section
What Emerres look like and contents of the pack
'What to do if you are sick' (vomit).
Emerres is a round, white to off-white, uncoated flat tablet
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Your period might be different. Most women will have a
debossed '145' on one side and plain on the other side.
normal period at the expected time, but some may have
Each pack contains a blister with one tablet.
their period later or earlier than normal. You might also
have some irregular bleeding or spotting until your next
Marketing Authorisation Holder
period. If your period is more than 5 days late or is
Morningside Healthcare Ltd
unusually light or unusually heavy, you should contact
115 Narborough Road
your doctor as soon as possible.
Leicester, LE3 0PA, UK
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You might have tender breasts, diarrhoea, feel dizzy after
taking this medicine.
Manufacturer
Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Very rare effects (may affect up to 1 in 10000 people):
5 Pavilion Way
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Rash, urticaria, pruritus, swelling of the face, pelvic pain,
Loughborough, LE11 5GW, UK
painful period
If any of the side effects get serious or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

This leaflet was last revised in June 2016.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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