What is Postinor (Levonorgestrel) used for?
Postinor (Levonorgestrel) is an oral contraceptive prescribed to women to prevent pregnancy. It contains a female hormone that operates by triggering changes in the lining of the uterus and cervix to make it harder for sperm to fertilize an egg. This function may also make it useful for treating heavy or prolonged menstrual periods or to protect against overgrowth of the uterine lining in postmenopausal women undergoing hormone replacement therapy.
How should I use Postinor (Levonorgestrel)?
Postinor (Levonorgestrel) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The normal dosage is one tablet administered twice daily, but your individual directions will be determined by your physician based on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is suggested prior to used if you experience nausea. Do not split or crush the tablets before use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Postinor (Levonorgestrel)?
Side effects that may occur while using Postinor (Levonorgestrel) include:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are severe cramps, numbness or weakness, heavy vaginal bleeding, ongoing bleeding, vaginal discharge, pale skin, pain during sexual intercourse, faintness, jaundice, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require reduced dosage or application frequency to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Postinor (Levonorgestrel) if you are a male or pregnant, suspected to be pregnant, attempting to conceive, breastfeeding, or if you have uterine fibroids, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, leukemia, an infection following an abortion, pelvic inflammatory disease, abnormalities of the womb, breast cancer, or unexplained vaginal bleeding. Also inform your physician if you have had recent surgery, have blood clots, gallbladder disease, history of cardiac conditions, diabetes, risk factors for heart disease, leukemia, a history of jaundice, liver cancer, severe liver cirrhosis, or a history of migraines. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Postinor (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 an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.