Levonelle is the branded version of Levonorgestrel which is known as the morning after pill. It should be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex to reduce the chances of becoming pregnant. This is not recommended for acute use but for future occasions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Levonelle?
Levonelle, also known as its generic version Levonorgestrel, is an emergency contraceptive that contains the active ingredient Levonorgestrel, which can prevent 84% of expected pregnancies when you take it within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. It is much more effective when taken as soon as possible. Levonelle is also known as the morning-after pill.
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 can mean that no contraception was used during sexual intercourse or the contraception was used incorrectly (for example if a condom breaks, slips away or was used in the wrong way or if a diaphragm changed position, was broken or taken out ahead of time).
Levonelle contains a synthetic hormone-like active substance called Levonorgestrel. It will not prevent a pregnancy every time and is more effective if you take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex. It is better to take it within 12 hours rather than delay it until the third day.
Levonelle works by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg and preventing sperm from fertilising any egg you may have already released. It does not work if you are already pregnant. If another unprotected intercourse takes place after the use of Levonelle (also if this is during the same menstrual cycle), the tablet will not exert its contraceptive effect and there is again the risk of pregnancy.
How do you take Levonelle?
If you buy Levonelle pills online, or through your local pharmacy, always use the medicine exactly as described in the leaflet or as your doctor/pharmacist has told you. If you are unsure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Levonelle must is taken no later than 72 hours (3 days) after you have unprotected intercourse. The sooner Levonelle is taken the more effective the treatment is.
If you have already taken Levonelle once in your menstrual cycle than you are not protected from pregnancy if you have unprotected sex again.
If you vomit after taking the morning after pill you may need to take Levonelle again.
Below are a few of the common side effects of taking Levonelle pills:
Are there any interactions between Levonelle with alcohol and food?
There is no interaction between alcohol and the morning after pill.
Are there any interactions of Levonelle with other drugs?
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medication. When you buy Levonelle pills the effectiveness may be reduced by the following medications:
Barbiturates and other medications used to treat epilepsy
Medicines used to treat tuberculosis
Treatment for HIV
St Johns Wort
Is there any reason why I would not be able to take Levonelle?
You can NOT take Levonelle if:
You are allergic to any of the ingredients
If you are over 175 pounds (then you will have to take two pills). Otherwise, you can have the emergency IUD fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
If you are unsure of any of the above criteria, please contact your doctor before commencing treatment with Levonelle.
Why should I buy Levonelle?
When you buy Levonelle pills they can massively reduce the changes of an unwanted pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.
Levonelle is thought to prevent:
up to 95% of pregnancies if taken within 24 hours
up to 85% if taken within 48 hours
up to 58% if taken within 72 hours
What If I take Levonelle too late?
If you miss the window of 72 hours (3 days) in which to take Levonelle then it will be less effective. You can have an emergency IUD fitted for up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
Whats the difference between Levonelle and Levonorgestrel?
Levonorgestrel is the generic version of Levonelle. This means that both drugs do the exact same thing, however, when you buy Levonelle pills online they tend to be more expensive than Levonorgestrel as Levonelle pills are branded.
What's the difference between Levonelle and EllaOne?
Levonelle is effective up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected intercourse whereas ellaOne is effective for up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex.
You can safely buy Levonelle pills online from a regulated online pharmacy such as e-Surgery!
Always look for the green GPhC logo when you buy Levonelle pills online, or any other medication to ensure that pharmacy is trusted and legal!
You can use the GPhC website to check if a pharmacy is registered.
If I buy Levonelle pills online, how much will they cost?
If you choose to buy Levonelle pills online with e-Surgery prices start at 12.50.
Can I buy Levonelle in advance?
We do not sell any morning-after pill for acute use. This means that you can only buy Levonelle online for advanced use. It is always good to be prepared but keep in mind that Levonelle does not prevent the spread of STIs so make sure to take a test after unprotected intercourse to ensure that you are safe and healthy.
If the test does come back as positive we do sell treatments for a wide variety of STIs which are dealt with discreetly.
When I buy Levonelle pills online, how will they be delivered?
e-Surgery uses Royal Mail delivery with choices starting from; Royal Mail 48 tracked delivery, Royal Mail tracked 24 and Royal Mail 1 pm special delivery. (discover more about e-Surgery delivery). When you buy Levonelle pills online they will arrive in discreet, recyclable packaging at a delivery address of your choice.
When you buy Levonelle pills online they will come in blister packs that are not currently recyclable, so once they have been used can be disposed of in a general waste bin. If the Levonelle pills are unfinished dispose of the medication safely and drop them off at a local pharmacy.
Cardboard packaging and paper patient information leaflets are recyclable. For any more information on the disposal of Levonelle pills, you can use our free Ask-A-Pharmacist service.
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