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Levonorgestrel

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Precautions

Before using this medication device, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to levonorgestrel, or to any other progestins (such as norethindrone, desogestrel); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: recent pregnancy, current breastfeeding, bleeding/blood disorders, high blood pressure, abnormal breast exam, cancer (especially endometrial or breast cancer), depression, diabetes, severe headaches/migraines, heart problems (such as heart valve disease, irregular heartbeat, previous heart attack), liver disease (including tumors), previous pregnancy outside the uterus (ectopic pregnancy), stroke, unexplained vaginal bleeding, uterus problems (such as fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease-PID), conditions that weaken the immune system/increase the risk of infection (such as HIV, leukemia, IV drug abuse).

If you or partner have other sexual partners, this device may not be the best birth control method for you. If you or your partner get a sexually transmitted disease (including HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia), contact your doctor right away. Ask your doctor if you should continue to use this device for birth control.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Also, if you are going to have an MRI test, tell testing personnel that you are using this device. They may need to adjust your MRI test.

This device should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.

Levonorgestrel passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Side Effects

Pain, bleeding, or dizziness during and after placement of the device may occur. Cramps, irregular menstrual periods, and vaginal bleeding between periods (spotting) may occur, especially during the first few weeks of use. Headache, nausea, breast tenderness, or weight gain may also occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor promptly.

After your body adjusts to this product, it is normal to have fewer bleeding days during your menstrual periods, and some women stop having periods altogether. This will not affect your ability to become pregnant after stopping use of this product.

Remember that this medication device has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this device do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: stomach/abdominal pain, vomiting, lumps in the breast, mental/mood changes (such as new/worsening depression), unusual changes in vaginal bleeding (such as continuous spotting, sudden heavy bleeding, missed periods), dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, unusual headaches (including headaches with vision changes/lack of coordination, worsening of migraines, sudden/very severe headaches).

Using an intrauterine device (IUD) may increase your risk for a rare but serious pelvic infection (pelvic inflammatory disease-PID), which can cause permanent damage to sex organs and infertility. The risk is greater in women who have multiple sexual partners, or infection with a sexually transmitted disease (STD), or who have had PID in the past (see also Precautions section). Tell your doctor right away if you experience symptoms of PID, including: unexplained fever/chills, lower abdominal/pelvic pain, pain during sexual intercourse, genital sores, unusual vaginal discharge.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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