About Next Choice One Dose: How Does It Work

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A Trusted Hormone in a Simple, Single Tablet

Next Choice One Dose™ is an emergency contraceptive that provides you with backup protection to help prevent a pregnancy after an unexpected event.

Levonorgestrel tablet is one pill with levonorgestrel, a hormone that has been used in many birth control pills for over 35 years. Levonorgestrel tablet contains a higher dose of levonorgestrel than birth control pills, but works in a similar way to prevent pregnancy.

Next Choice One Dose™ works mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. It is possible that levonorgestrel tablet may also work by preventing fertilization of an egg (the uniting of sperm with the egg) or by preventing attachment (implantation) to the uterus (womb). Next Choice One Dose™ is not the “abortion pill” and it will not work if you are already pregnant.

Is Next Choice One Dose™ Safe?

Next Choice One Dose™ has the same hormone (levonorgestrel) that has been trusted and used for many years in many regular birth control pills. When used as directed, levonorgestrel tablet is safe for women. The most common adverse events reported in women taking Next Choice One Dose™ were:

  • Heavier menstrual bleeding
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach)
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Fatigue (feeling tired)
  • Headache and dizziness

You may also have breast pain or vomiting. If you vomit within 2 hours of taking Next Choice One Dose™, call your healthcare provider to find out if you should repeat the dose.

Next Choice One Dose™ will NOT protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV/AIDS, genital warts, and chlamydia. Be sure to protect yourself against pregnancy and STDs by using some form of birth control plus a latex condom. Of course, not having sex is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and stay free of STDs.

Important Safety Information

Next Choice One Dose™ is an emergency contraceptive that helps prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure. Next Choice One Dose™ should not be used as regular birth control. Next Choice One Dose™ is available without a prescription for women 17 years of age or older. If you are younger than 17, a prescription is required. Next Choice One Dose™ should not be used if you are already pregnant. If you become pregnant or have severe lower abdominal pain after taking Next Choice One Dose™, you should be evaluated for a pregnancy outside the uterus, which is called a tubal pregnancy. A tubal pregnancy requires immediate medical treatment, so you should see a healthcare professional right away. If you are already pregnant, Next Choice One Dose™ will not work. If your next expected period after taking Next Choice One Dose™ is more than one week late, you may be pregnant. Next Choice One Dose™ does not protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Next Choice One Dose™ contains the color additive FD&C Yellow #6. Side effects may include heavier menstrual bleeding, nausea, lower stomach (abdominal) pain, tiredness, headache, and dizziness. If you vomit within 2 hours of taking the medication, call a healthcare professional to find out if you should repeat the dose.

To report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA, visit fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information about Next Choice One Dose™, please call our Medical Communications Department at 1-866-9WATSON or see full Prescribing Information.

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