What is Levonelle 1500?
Levonelle 1500 is an emergency contraceptive that can be used within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex or if your usual contraceptive method has failed. This would include a time where no contraception was used, or if a condom broke or slipped off.
How does Levonelle 1500 work?
The drug contains a synthetic hormone substance called levonorgestrel. It prevents about 84% of expected pregnancies if taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. Levonelle 1500 works by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg and preventing sperm from fertilising any egg you may have already released.
What are the benefits of taking Levonelle 1500?
If you are worried about unwanted pregnancies occurring then Levonelle 1500 can be an effective drug when taken in a post-unprotected sex capacity.
Levonelle should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex; the sooner it is taken, the more effective it is at preventing unwanted pregnancy.
It is only effective up to 72 hours after, if it has been longer than this you should not take Levonelle and see your GP to discuss emergency contraception.
If you are sick or suffer with diarrhoea within 2 hours of taking Levonelle it may not have been absorbed and will not be effective. You will need to obtain another supply as soon as possible.
If you do experience side effects from Levonelle the most common can include abdominal pains, nausea, sickness, diarrhoea, dizziness, breast tenderness, headaches, spotting or abnormal bleeding. Taking Levonelle with some food may help to reduce any nausea you may experience.
The active ingredient in Levonelle is 1.5mg of levonorgestrel.
The inactive ingredients in Levonelle are: maize starch, potato starch, magnesium, colloidal silica anhydrous, stearate (E572), talc (E533b), lactose monohydrate