Also Known as Levonelle
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Plan B One-Step is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or failure of other forms of birth control (such as condom breakage, or missing 2 or more birth control pills). Plan B One-Step may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Plan B One-Step must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex (no later than 72 hours afterward). Call your doctor right away if you vomit within 2 hours after taking Plan B One-Step. Do not take a second dose without first asking your doctor. If your period is late by 1 week or longer after the expected date, you may be pregnant. Get a pregnancy test and contact your doctor if you are pregnant. Plan B One-Step will not terminate pregnancy if the fertilized egg has attached to the uterus. Within 3 weeks after taking Plan B One-Step, a doctor should confirm that you are not pregnant, and that this medicine has not caused any harmful effects. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include nausea, dizziness, headache, vomiting, breast tenderness, or irregular menstrual period or spotting. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you miss a menstrual period. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience a change in vision, sharp or crushing chest pain, coughing blood, sudden shortness of breath, sudden severe headache or leg pain, or numbness of an arm or leg. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor or seek emergency medical help if you have severe pain in your lower stomach or side. This could be a sign of a tubal pregnancy (a pregnancy that implants in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus). A tubal pregnancy is a medical emergency. Common side effects of Plan B One-Step may include: stomach pain; breast pain or tenderness; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; headache, dizziness; feeling tired; or changes in your menstrual periods. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.