Levlen (Levonorgestrel)

What is Levlen?

Levonorgestrel serves a combination drug that belongs to a group of birth control medications. The active ingredients of the treatment prevent ovulation, alter cervical mucus and change the uterus lining. As a result of such an impact, it becomes harder for sperm to get to the uterus and more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to it. Consequently, Levlen is approved as an effective contraceptive to warn pregnancy. Besides, the drug can be administered in other cases, not listed in the safety guide.


Recommendations for Use

Take Levonorgestrel in accordance with the safety instructions and with due consideration of doctor’s prescription. Never use the medication in higher or lower doses than necessary. Ask your healthcare specialist about the correct dose suiting your health condition. Start the therapy on the first day of the period. Additionally, back-up birth control, such as Spermicide or condoms will be also required during sex after the first Levlen intake.

One pill should be used daily, not longer than with 24-hour break. Skipping doses may advance your chances to get pregnant. Besides, certain packs have special “reminders” to help you keep track of the therapy. Frequent doctor’s visits are required during Levonorgestrel use. Report any complications to your healthcare specialist, especially vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding and others. Use condoms in case the medication stimulates any adverse reactions.

Precautions and Contraindications

Striving to benefit from Levlen administration and achieve the necessary effect, the patient should take into account safety points. First and foremost, Levonorgestrel should never be used by people, who are sensitive to any of its components. Additionally, people diagnosed with diabetes, obesity, abnormal blood pressure, increase cholesterol and similar complications should not take Levlen. Besides, the remedy is contraindicated for patients with accompanying blood clotting disorders, heart-related complications, devastating migraine headache, uncontrolled blood pressure, circulation problems, kidney or liver dysfunctions and others. Additionally, special dose adjustment should be engaged in people with varicose veins, underactive thyroid, high triglycerides, tuberculosis, depression, epilepsy, etc.

Avoid smoking during Levlen treatment course, as it can lead to stroke, blood clots and heart attacks. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should eliminate Levonorgestrel administration.

Drug Interactions

Several drug types may interact with Levonorgestrel activating dangerous reactions and side effects. It is inevitable to warn a healthcare provider about all the pharmaceuticals, herbal products and medical supplements you are using. Never take Levlen simultaneously with beta-blockers, Clofibric acid, Azole antifungals, Hydantoins, Indinavir, barbiturates, phenylbutazone, salicylic acid, troglitazone, Bosentan and others.

Side Effects

Seek medical assistance if Levonorgestrel use has caused allergic reactions or other bothersome complications. Call your healthcare professional immediately and stop using Levlen if any of the following abnormalities have occurred right after its intake, especially swelling, pain, leg redness, angina, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, wheezing, cough, weakness or numbness, speech or vision impairments, jaundice, etc.

Such symptoms as vaginal itching, mild nausea, boosted hair growth, weight changes and others are not dangerous and will soon disappear.