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Generic: levonorgestrel
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The device is placed inside the uterus by a healthcare professional
               



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What is this medicine?

LEVONORGESTREL IUD (LEE voe nor jes trel) is a contraceptive (birth control) device. The device is placed inside the uterus by a healthcare professional. It is used to prevent pregnancy and can also be used to treat heavy bleeding that occurs during your period. Depending on the device, it can be used for 3 to 5 years.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • abnormal Pap smear
  • cancer of the breast, uterus, or cervix
  • diabetes
  • endometritis
  • genital or pelvic infection now or in the past
  • have more than one sexual partner or your partner has more than one partner
  • heart disease
  • history of an ectopic or tubal pregnancy
  • immune system problems
  • IUD in place
  • liver disease or tumor
  • problems with blood clots or take blood- thinners
  • use intravenous drugs
  • uterus of unusual shape
  • vaginal bleeding that has not been explained
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to levonorgestrel, other hormones, silicone, or polyethylene, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This device is placed inside the uterus by a health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • amprenavir
  • bosentan
  • fosamprenavir

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • aprepitant
  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures
  • bexarotene
  • griseofulvin
  • medicines to treat seizures like carbamazepine, ethotoin, felbamate, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, topiramate
  • modafinil
  • pioglitazone
  • rifabutin
  • rifampin
  • rifapentine
  • some medicines to treat HIV infection like atazanavir, indinavir, lopinavir, nelfinavir, tipranavir, ritonavir
  • St. John's wort
  • warfarin

               
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