Levlen ED (Ethinyloestradiol/Levonorgestrel)
What is Levlen ED (Ethinyloestradiol/Levonorgestrel) used for?
Levlen ED (Ethinyloestradiol/Levonorgestrel) is taken as a contraceptive (birth control pill), and if taken properly, it may be effective in preventing pregnancy. It is a type of progesterone and estrogen combination contraceptive pill, which may help to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, helping the mucus inside the cervix to thicken and also altering the lining of the uterus.
How should I use Levlen ED (Ethinyloestradiol/Levonorgestrel)?
Levlen ED (Ethinyloestradiol/Levonorgestrel) contains 3 packs of 28 tablets. For each 28 tablets, there are 21 small beige hormonal tablets and 7 non-hormonal white tablets. Each pack will also be marked with the day on which you should take each tablet. After you have taken the 21 hormonal tablets, you should begin taking the non-hormonal tablets for 7 days. During this 7 day period, you may notice bleeding (known as a withdrawal bleed), which may be similar to your normal period. The next pack should be taken after the 7 days of taking the non-hormonal tablets.
What are the side effects of Levlen ED (Ethinyloestradiol/Levonorgestrel)?
Some side effects of Levlen ED (Ethinyloestradiol/Levonorgestrel) include:
It is necessary to report all side effects to your physician, and if any of these side effects worsen, or if you notice any more severe side effects, you should immediately seek medical attention.
Women who smoke cigarettes while taking this medication can increase their risk of serious heart problems.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Levlen ED (Ethinyloestradiol/Levonorgestrel). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.