Plan B is an emergency pill which is usually recommended to use within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. It is used to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Plan B is also known as the morning-after pill. This medication is more effective if it is taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Plan B is one-dose regimen so it very easy to use.
Plan B contains Levonorgestrel as an active constituent that belongs to a class of medication called Progestins. Progestins are hormones that are used as birth control. It inhibits ovulation by changing the lining of the uterus (womb) to stop the growth of a pregnancy and it alters the transport of sperm.
What are the contraindications for Plan B?
- This drug is contraindicated for the individuals who are allergic to ingredients of Plan B
- If you are suffering from abnormal vaginal bleeding disorder do not use this drug
- This drug should not be administered to stomach or intestinal disorders patients
- Do not use this drug if you are pregnant
- Do not administer this drug regularly as it will not show birth control effect if taken continuously
What are the drug interactions of Plan B?
Some drugs might increase or decrease the side effect while using Plan B such as:
Ketoconazole, Phenobarbital, Bosentan, Carbamazepine, Felbamate, Griseofulvin, Hydantoins Phenytoin, Modafinil, Nevirapine, Penicillins, Eplerenone, Enalapril, Losartan, Naproxen, Ampicillin, Phenylbutazone, Theophylline, Troleandomycin, Rifampin, Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Propranolol, Prednisolone, Cyclosporine, and Tizanidine.
Storage condition of Plan B:
This drug should be stored at room temperature 25 to 300C. Keep this drug away from direct sunlight. You should keep this drug out of reach from children.
How to administer this drug?
Plan B is one step contraceptive pill so take as early as possible. Take one tablet of Plan B as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex. This medication should be administered orally with an adequate amount of water. This drug can be used anytime during the menstrual cycle. Do not crush or break the tablet.
Missed dose of Plan B:
Try to administer as soon as possible within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
Overdose of Plan B:
Do not use more than one dose at a time as it can produce harmful effects. In the case of overdose consult the doctor as soon as possible for treatment.
What are the side effects of Plan B?
Diarrhea; dizziness; headache; nausea; stomach pain; tiredness; vomiting; rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; breast tenderness; changes in menstrual flow; and tightness in the chest.
Keep in mind some safety tips while administering this drug:
- If you are using any other birth control pills or methods like IUD- Intra Uterine Device, then do not use this drug.
- You must avoid alcohol consumption while using this medication.
- In the case of pregnancy and lactation, this drug should not be administered as it can be harmful to the fetus.