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Plan B Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Plan B is used to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. Plan B contains only one hormone, a progestin. It work mainly by inhibiting ovulation and fertilization. It may block implantation of the egg in the lining of the uterus.

Plan B Dosage

  • It comes in a package with two tablets. You should take the first pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex. You should also take the second pill 12 hours after the first one.

Uses of Plan B

  • It is used to prevent pregnancy.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Plan B

Before taken Plan B medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Plan B. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Breast tenderness
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Menstrual changes
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Plan B:

  • Remember that Plan B should not be used as a regular form of birth control, and it will not work if you are already pregnant.
  • Plan B may affect your next menstrual cycle by delaying it or making it much heavier or lighter than normal.
  • It could also cause spotting between cycles. If your next period is delayed by more than a week, then you should consider the possibility that you may be pregnant.
  • Plan B could slightly raise blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, then you should tell your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Plan B with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Plan B with the following:

  • Barbiturates
  • Carbamazepine
  • Phenytoin
  • Rifampin
Overdose

After taken Plan B if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Plan B overdose include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting


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