Levonelle (levonorgestrel 1.5mg) is a single dose morning after pill.

 

  • Levonelle must be taken within 72 hours (3days) to prevent pregnancy.

There is also another option available – ellaone


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Medication Quantity Price
Levonelle 1.5mg 1 to 2 tablets (1 or 2 single dose treatments) From £12.50

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Levonelle

Medication Quantity Price
Levonelle 1.5mg 1 tablet (1 single dose treatment) £12.50
Levonelle 1.5mg 2 tablets (2 single dose treatments) £19.50


All prices exclude prescription fee


About Levonelle

Levonelle is an emergency contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy if another method of contraception has failed or after having unprotected sex. This is also referred to as a ‘morning after pill’. Levonelle contains a synthetic hormone, levonorgestrel, which prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg and stops any released egg from being fertilised by sperm. It is important to take Levonelle as quickly as possible after unprotected sex or contraception failure to maximise the effectiveness of this medication. Unlike ellaOne, Levonelle will only prevent pregnancy if taken within 3 days instead of 5.

How effective is Levonelle in preventing pregnancy?

No method of contraception is 100% effective. Levonelle can prevent up to 95% of pregnancies although effectiveness is dependent on how soon it is taken after unprotected sex.

How long after unprotected sex / contraception failure is Levonelle effective?

Levonelle is most effective when taken within the first 12 hours after unprotected sex. It should therefore be taken as soon as possible, although it can be used within 3 days after contraception failure or having unprotected sex.

Do you have to be a certain age to take Levonelle?

Levonelle should only be used by adults over 16 as there is limited research in women under 16.

What if I vomit after taking Levonelle?

If you are sick within 3 hours of taking a Levonelle tablet you should take another as soon as possible.

Cautions

  • Levonelle should not be used as a regular method of contraception.
  • Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.
  • Consult a doctor or pharmacist before taking Levonelle if you have a disease of the small bowel, severe liver disease, a history of ectopic pregnancy or a history of salpingitis.
  • If you are breastfeeding, you should take Levonelle immediately after breastfeeding, then avoid nursing for 8 hours and drain you milk in the 8 hours following tablet administration to reduce the amount of levonorgestrel present in the milk.
  • Do not take Levonelle if you are allergic to levonorgestrel or if you are intolerant to some sugars as it contains lactose.
  • You should seek medical advice before taking Levonelle if there is a possibility you may already be pregnant.

Levonelle contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel which prevents the ovaries from releasing an egg to avoid fertilisation by sperm and prevent pregnancy.

Levonelle 1500 – the traditional morning after pill EllaOne 30mg – a newer morning after pill
How soon should I take the pill? Only effective up to three days (72 hours) after unprotected sex but taken the sooner the better. Effective up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex.
Will it stop me getting pregnant? In most cases – yes. 10 out of 1,000 women will still get pregnant. The sooner you take it, the more likely it is to work. In most cases – yes. Five out of 1,000 women will still get pregnant.
I’m busy today; does it matter if I take it tomorrow? Yes. It is most effective taken as soon as possible. With each passing day, it becomes less effective. Current evidence shows it stays very effective for five days. As it is a newer medicine, it is still being monitored.
I forgot some of my normal contraceptive pills this month; can I take them as normal? Yes but you will need additional contraception for up to nine days, depending on the pill you take. Read the information leaflet that comes with your contraceptive pill to get the exact advice, as this will vary depending on which pill you take and when in your cycle you missed pills. Condoms will be needed for seven days for the normal combined pill, the patch and the ring, nine days for Qlaira and two days for the mini, or progesterone only pill. Yes. But you will need additional contraception for up to 16 days, depending on the pill you take. Read the information leaflet that comes with your contraceptive pill to get the exact advice, as this will vary depending on which pill you take and when in your cycle you missed pills. Condoms will be needed for fourteen days for the normal combined pill, the patch and the ring. Sixteen days for Qlaira and nine days for the mini or progesterone only pill.
What are the side-effects? Most commonly irregular bleeding, headache, nausea, dizziness and abdominal pain.
Can I take it more than once in one menstrual cycle? Yes, as long as you haven’t taken EllaOne in the same cycle. No, EllaOne can only be taken once in one cycle and not in the same cycle as Levonelle.
How quickly will I get my medicine? We offer some standard and next day delivery options but for morning after pill, please contact our pharmacist straight after placing your order to discuss your requirements; we are able to prioritise emergency situations at the doctor’s discretions to suit your needs.
If our doctors have any follow-up questions we will not be able to dispatch your medicines until you respond via your online Patient Record or make contact via telephone.

One Levonelle tablet should be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex at any time of the day with or without food. It cannot be taken any later than 3 days after unprotected sex or contraception failure.

Levonelle Side Effects

Very common side effects of taking Levonelle include:

  • Nausea
  • Irregular bleeding until your next period
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Pain in lower abdomen

Common side effects of taking Levonelle include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tender breasts
  • Dizziness

Very rare side effects of taking Levonelle include:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Pruritus
  • Swelling of the face
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful period

Please read the following information carefully before taking this treatment – Levonelle