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LEVONORGESTREL 1.5 MG TABLETS

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
Levonorgestrel

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told
you.
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Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
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Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
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If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
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What Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you take Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
How to take Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
Possible side effects
How to store Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
Contents of the pack and other information

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What Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is and what it is used for

Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is an emergency contraceptive that can be used within 72 hours (3 days)
of unprotected sex or if your usual contraceptive method has failed.
It is about the following cases:
No contraception was used during the sexual intercourse.
The contraception measure was used incorrectly, for example as if a condom was penetrated,
slipped away or used in a wrong way, if vaginal pessary or diaphragm changed position, burst,
was broken or taken out ahead of time, in the case of a failed interruption during coitus
interruptus (e.g. sperm ejaculated in vagina or on external genitalia).
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet contains a synthetic hormone like active substance called levonorgestrel.
It prevents about 84% of expected pregnancies when you take it within 72 hours of having unprotected
sex. It will not prevent a pregnancy every time and is more effective if you take it as soon as possible
after unprotected sex. It is better to take it within 12 hours rather than delay until the third day.
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is thought to work by:

stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg.

preventing sperm from fertilising any egg you may have already released.
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet can only prevent you becoming pregnant if you take it within 72 hours of
unprotected sex. It does not work if you are already pregnant.If another unprotected intercourse takes
place after the use of Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet (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.
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is not indicated for use before the first menstrual bleeding (menarche).

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What you need to know before you take Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet

Do not useLevonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
if you are allergic to levonorgestrel or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in
section 6).
Warnings and precautions
If any of the following applies to you, talk to your doctor before taking Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
as emergency contraception may not be suitable for you. Your doctor may prescribe another type of
emergency contraception for you.

If you are pregnant or think that you may already be pregnant. This medicine will not work if
you are already pregnant. If you are already pregnant, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet cannot terminate
pregnancy, so Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is not an “abortion pill”.
You may already be pregnant if:
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your period is more than 5 days late, or you have experienced unusual bleeding when your next
period is due.
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you have had unprotected sex more than 72 hours ago, and since your last period.
The use of Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is not advised if:

you have a disease of your small bowel (such as Crohn’s disease) that inhibits the absorption of
the drug

you have severe liver problems

you have a history of ectopic pregnancy (where the baby develops somewhere outside the
womb)

you have a history of salpingitis (inflammation of the fallopian tubes).
A previous ectopic pregnancy or previous infection of the fallopian tubes increase the risk of a new
ectopic pregnancy.
Your doctor may decide that Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is not suitable for you, or that another type
of emergency contraception would be better for you.
In all women, emergency contraception should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected
intercourse. There is some evidence that Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet may be less effective with
increasing body weight or body mass index (BMI), but these data were limited and inconclusive.
Therefore, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is still recommended for all women regardless of their weight
or BMI.
You are advised to speak to a healthcare professional if you are concerned about any problems related
to taking emergency contraception.
Children and adolescents
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is not indicated for use before the first menstrual bleeding (menarche).
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 have caught a sexually transmitted disease or the HIV virus.
This medicine will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases, only condoms can do this.
Ask your doctor, nurse, family planning clinic or pharmacist for advice if you are worried about this.
Other medicines and Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including
medicines obtained without a prescription or herbal medicines.
Some medicines may prevent Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet from working effectively. If you have used
any of the medicines below during the last 4 weeks, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet may be less suitable
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for you. Your doctor may prescribe another type of (non-hormonal) emergency contraceptive, i.e. a
copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD). If this is not an option for you or if you are unable to see your
doctor promptly, you can take a double dose of Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet:
barbiturates and other medicines used to treat epilepsy (for example, primidone, phenytoin and
carbamazepine)
medicines used to treat tuberculosis (for example, rifampicin, rifabutin)
a treatment for HIV (ritonavir, efavirenz)
a medicine used to treat fungal infections (griseofulvin)
herbal remedies containing St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you need further advice on the correct dose for you.
Consult your doctor as soon as possible after taking the tablets for further advice on a reliable form of
regular contraception and to exclude a pregnancy. (See also section 3 “How to take Levonorgestrel 1.5
mg tablet” for further advice).
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet may also affect how well other medicines work:
a medicine called cyclosporin (suppresses the immune system).
How often can you use Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
You should only use Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet in emergencies and not as a regular method of
contraception. If Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet is used more than once in a menstrual cycle, it is less
reliable and it is more likely to upset your menstrual cycle (period).
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet does not work as well as regular methods of contraception. Your doctor,
practice nurse or family planning clinic can tell you about long-term methods of contraception which
are more effective in preventing you from getting pregnant.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Pregnancy
You should not take this medicine if you are already pregnant. If you do become pregnant even after
taking this medicine, it is important that you see your doctor. There is no evidence that Levonorgestrel
1.5 mg tablet will harm a baby that develops in your uterus/womb if you use Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
tablet as described. Nevertheless, your doctor may want to check that the pregnancy is not ectopic
(where the baby develops somewhere outside the womb). This is especially important if you develop
severe abdominal pain after taking Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet or if you have previously had an
ectopic pregnancy, fallopian tube surgery or pelvic inflammatory disease.
Breast-feeding
The active ingredient of this medicine is excreted into your breast milk. Therefore, it is suggested that
you take your tablet immediately after a breast-feeding and avoid nursing at least 8 hours following
levonorgestrel administration then drain your milk with a breast pump for 8 hours following tablet
taking. In this way you are taking your tablet well before the next feed and reducing the amount of
active ingredient your baby may take in with the breast milk.
Fertility
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet increases the possibility of menstruation disturbances, which can
sometimes lead to earlier or later ovulation date resulting in modified fertility date. Although there are
no fertility data in the long term, after treatment with Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet a rapid return to
fertility is expected.
Driving and using machines
Your Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet tablet is unlikely to affect your ability to drive a car or use
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machines. However, if you feel tired or dizzy do not drive or operate machinery.
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet contains lactose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product.

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How to take Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet

Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told
you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.






Take the tablet as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours, and no later than 72 hours
(3 days) after you have had unprotected sex. Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet 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 best the sooner you take it after having unprotected sex.
If you are using one of the medicines that may prevent Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet from
working properly (see section above “Other medicines and Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet”) or if
you have used one of these medicines in the past 4 weeks, Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet may
work less effectively for you. Your doctor may prescribe another type of (non-hormonal)
emergency contraceptive, i.e. a copper intrauterine device (Cu-IUD). If this is not an option for
you or if you are unable to see your doctor promptly, you can take a double dose of
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet (i.e. 2 tablets taken together at the same time).
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 Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet (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.
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. You will need to contact your pharmacist, doctor, practice nurse or family planning clinic
immediately for one more tablet.
After you have taken Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
After you have takenLevonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet, if you want to have sex, and are not using the
contraceptive pill, you should use condoms or a cap plus spermicide until your next menstrual period.
This is because Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet will not work if you have unprotected sex again, before
your next period is due.
After you have taken Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet, you are advised to make an appointment to see
your doctor about three weeks later, to make sure that Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet has worked. If
your period is more than 5 days late or is unusually light or unusually heavy, you should contact your
doctor as soon as possible. If you do become pregnant even after taking this medicine, it is important
that you see your doctor.
Your doctor can also tell you about longer-term methods of contraception which are more effective in
preventing you from getting pregnant.
If you continue to use regular hormonal contraception such as the contraceptive pill and you do not
have a bleed in your pill-free period, see your doctor to make sure you are not pregnant.
Your next period after you took Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet
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After the use of Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet, your period is usually normal and will start at the usual
day; however sometimes, this will be a few days later or earlier. If your period starts more than 5 days
later than expected, an ‘abnormal’ bleeding occurs at that time or if you think that you might be
pregnant, you should check whether you are pregnant by a pregnancy test.
If you take more Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet 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.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):

Feeling sick (nausea)

You might have some irregular bleeding until your next period

You might have lower abdominal pain

Tiredness

Headache
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):

Being sick (vomiting). If you are sick, read the section ‘What to do if you are sick’ (vomit).

Your period might be different. Most women will have a normal period at the expected time, but
some may have their period later or earlier than normal. You might also have some irregular
bleeding or spotting until your next period. If your period is more than 5 days late or is
unusually light or unusually heavy, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.

You might have tender breasts, diarrhoea, feel dizzy after taking this medicine.
Very rare effects side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):

Rash, urticaria, pruritus, swelling of the face, pelvic pain, painful period.
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, website:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.

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How to store Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet after the expiry date which is stated on the package after
EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in the original package in order to protect from light.
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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Contents of the pack and other information

What Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet contains
The active substance is levonorgestrel. Each tablet contains 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel.
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The other ingredients are: potato starch, maize starch, colloidal silica anhydrous, magnesium
stearate, talc, lactose monohydrate.

What Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet looks like and contents of the pack
Levonorgestrel 1.5 mg tablet 1.5 mg tablet is almost white, flat, rimmed tablet of about 8 mm diameter
with an impressed mark of “G00” on one side.
One tablet is packed in PVC//Aluminium blister and folded carton.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Gedeon Richter Plc.
Gyömrői út 19-21.
H-1103 Budapest
Hungary
This leaflet was last revised in 11/2017

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