hello and welcome to â€œvideoscriptâ€, presentedby drugs.com. today in the first of three presentations,we are reviewing the emergency contraceptives plan b one step, next choice one dose, nextchoice, and generic levonorgestrel. we will discuss how to use emergency contraceptivepills, where they can be obtained, and dosing recommendations. for complete information, please review allthree videos. the emergency contraceptive pill is a safeand effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex, contraceptive failure ormisuse, or after a sexual assault. millions of women have safely used the emergencycontraceptive pill and there have been no
reports of serious complications. the emergency contraceptive pill is frequentlyreferred to as â€œthe morning after pillâ€ but this is a misnomer, as women do not haveto wait until the morning after unprotected sex to take emergency contraception. actually, the emergency contraceptive pillis more effective the sooner you take it â€“ as soon as possible after unprotected sex. levonorgestrel is the name of the progestinthat is found in these products. levonorgestrel has been used safely in a lowerstrength in regular birth control pills for many years.
plan b one step and it's generic equivalent,next choice one dose are available from the pharmacy or clinic as a single tablet of 1.5mg of levonorgestrel. this tablet should be taken as soon as possibleup to 5 days, or 120 hours, after unprotected sex. this is the preferred regimen recommendedby the world health organization. there is also a 2-tablet regimen:next choice and its generic version. each tablet contains 0.75 mg of levonorgestrel. there are 2 different dosing options for nextchoice: preferably, you should take both tablets atthe same time up to 5 days, or 120 hours, after unprotected sex.
this regimen is equivalent to the plan b onestep and next choice one dose one-tablet regimen. alternatively, you can take the 1st tabletas soon as possible after unprotected sex, then the second tablet 12 hours later, asnoted in the package insert. for optimal effectiveness, the first tablet should be taken within 3days, or 72 hours, after unprotected sex. in either case, the regimen should be startedas quickly as possible after unprotected sex. clinical studies in over 10,000 women haveshown that the levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive pill regimens are 52 to 94 percent effectivein preventing pregnancy. women or men 17 years of age or older canobtain emergency contraceptive pills from their pharmacist or clinic without a prescription;but an id with a birthdate must be presented.
in most states women younger than 17 yearsof age will need to contact their doctor for a prescription. prices will vary for emergency contraceptivepills. generics are the least costly and are just as effective as the brand name product.ask your pharmacist about generic options. it is also important to remember that emergencycontraception does not protect against the aids virus or other sexually transmitted diseases;only a condom can do this. thank you for joining us at drugs.com fora brief review of the emergency contraceptive pill, such as plan b one step and next choice.please refer to our patient and professional information, drug interaction checker, andadditional tools on drugs.com.
patients with a concern about the use of emergencycontraceptive pills should consult with their health care provider. visit drugs.com/plan b one step for more information