Plan B One-Step® emergency contraception is a backup plan that helps to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure. Use as directed.
*Survey of 1000 OB/GYNs, February 2016.
References: 1. Market research, February 2016. Teva Women's Health, Inc. 2. FDA drug use review, December 2011. www.fda.gov.
Active ingredient: levonorgestrel 1.5 mg
Inactive ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, potato starch, talc
Plan B One-Step® is a single pill taken by mouth. Use as directed within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it's taken, the better it works.
If you vomit within 2 hours after taking the medication, call a healthcare professional to find out if you should repeat the dose.
Allergy alert: Do not use Plan B One-Step® if you have ever had an allergic reaction to levonorgestrel or any other ingredients in Plan B One-Step®.
Do not use:
Some women may experience side effects, which may include:
Some women taking Plan B One-Step® may have changes in their period such as spotting or bleeding before their next period.
If your period is more than a week late, it is possible you may be pregnant. You should get a pregnancy test and follow up with your healthcare professional.
If you should experience severe abdominal pain, you should get immediate medical attention.
Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control center right away (1-800-222-1222).
Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive pill designed to help prevent pregnancy after you have unprotected sex or in the event of a birth control failure, such as a condom breaking. It is sometimes referred to as a morning after pill.
Plan B contains a single, highly concentrated dose of levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in many daily birth control pills, which helps to prevent pregnancy. Plan B works by delaying or preventing the release of an egg from the ovary (ovulation). It is thought that Plan B may also work by helping to prevent the fertilization of an egg, or by preventing implantation in the uterine wall.
Plan B can help to significantly decrease the chances of you becoming pregnant when used as directed. Approximately 7 out of every 8 women who would have become pregnant will not become pregnant after taking Plan B.
Plan B must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or a birth control failure in order to be effective. It is best to take it as soon as possible, because Plan B is more effective the sooner you take it.
Plan B can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or a birth control failure. Because Plan B is more effective the sooner you take it, it is a good idea to take Plan B as soon as you can following unprotected sex or a birth control failure.
You can take Plan B as often as you need emergency contraception. However, you should not use Plan B as a regular birth control method, because it is not as effective. If you find that you need to use Plan B frequently, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about switching to a different method of regular birth control.
Plan B is not an abortion pill. Plan B will not cause an abortion and will not affect an existing pregnancy.
When used as directed, Plan B is generally safe. However, some women may experience side effects after taking Plan B.
Possible side effects of Plan B include:
These side effects are generally not dangerous. However, if you have severe pain, especially severe abdominal pain, you should see your doctor right away. You could have an ectopic pregnancy, which requires immediate medical attention.
Yes, Plan B is available over the counter. You do not need a prescription or an ID to buy Plan B. You should also know that there are no age restrictions for purchasing Plan B.
Plan B typically costs between $40.00 - $50.00. In some cases, you may be able to apply coupon savings to lower your cost.
You can buy Plan B at your local CVS or online. Look for it in the family planning aisle or ask your pharmacist if you don’t see any on the shelf. You do not need an ID or a prescription to purchase Plan B, but it is sometimes stocked behind the counter.
Plan B is generally safe and effective, but if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact your healthcare provider. If you vomit within 2 hours after taking a dose of Plan B, you should call your healthcare provider to find out if it is necessary to repeat the dose. In some cases, certain drugs or herbal supplements may decrease the effectiveness of Plan B. If you are taking any of the following, you should consult your doctor before taking Plan B: barbiturates, bosentan, carbamazepine, felbamate, griseofulvin, oxacarbazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, St. John's Wort, topiramate, and certain HIV/AIDS medications.