Generic Name: My Way Brand Name(s): My Way.

Uses

What is My Way® (levonorgestrel) used for?

My Way® is commonly used for preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse or suspected birth control failure.

My Way® is a progestin. Exactly how it works is not known. It may prevent pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, altering transport of sperm or eggs to prevent fertilization, or altering the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation if fertilization occurs.

How should I take My Way® (levonorgestrel)?

Use My Way® as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

An extra patient leaflet is available with My Way®. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.

Take My Way® as soon as possible within 72 hours after suspected birth control failure or after you have unprotected sexual intercourse. Follow the directions provided by your doctor.

My Way® can be used any time during the menstrual cycle.

If vomiting occurs within 2 hours after taking My Way®, talk with your health care provider to discuss whether to repeat that dose.

A physical exam is not needed before taking My Way®. If you are unsure about your general health or pregnancy status, a follow-up physical or pelvic exam may be needed after taking My Way®.

If you miss a dose of My Way®, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use My Way®.

How do I store My Way® (levonorgestrel)?

My Way® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store My Way® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of My Way® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush My Way® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using My Way® (levonorgestrel)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of My Way® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have a history of ectopic pregnancy or you are premenstrual.
  • You have diabetes.

Do not use My Way® if:

  • You are allergic to any ingredient in My Way®.
  • You are or suspect that you are pregnant.
  • You have abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • You are taking nevirapine, rifampin, or St. John’s wort.
  • You have had a stroke or history of bleeding of the brain, known or suspected breast cancer, or a blood clotting disorder.

My Way® may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use My Way® with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.

My Way® is an emergency contraceptive. It should not be used for routine birth control. If you have sexual intercourse after you take My Way® but before you have your next menstrual period, be sure to use an effective form of contraception, such as a diaphragm or condom.

My Way® does not protect against HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.

If your normal menstrual period is late by more than 1 week, call your doctor right away.

Diabetes patients – My Way® may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.

My Way® should not be used in children who have not had their first menstrual period; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using My Way® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking My Way®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from My Way® (levonorgestrel)?

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Changes in menstrual flow
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting

Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:

  • Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue)
  • Severe and persistent lower stomach pain
  • Spotting instead of your usual period

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with My Way® (levonorgestrel)?

My Way® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Drugs that may interact with this drug are:

  • Lamotrigine because its effectiveness is decreased, and when levonorgestrel is stopped, toxic effects, such as nausea, dizziness, and vision problems may occur.
  • Antifungals (e.g., ketoconazole), aprepitant, barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital), bosentan, carbamazepine, felbamate, griseofulvin, HIV protease inhibitors (e.g., indinavir), hydantoins (e.g., phenytoin), modafinil, nevirapine, oxcarbazepine, penicillins (e.g., amoxicillin), rifampin, rufinamide, St. John’s wort, tetracyclines (e.g., doxycycline), topiramate, or troglitazone because they may decrease My Way’s effectiveness.
  • Anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin) because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased or decreased by My Way.
  • Beta-adrenergic blockers (e.g., metoprolol), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), selegiline, theophylline, or troleandomycin because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased by My Way.
  • Valproic acid because its effectiveness may be decreased by My Way.

Does food or alcohol interact with My Way® (levonorgestrel)?

My Way® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with My Way® (levonorgestrel)?

My Way® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using My Way® (levonorgestrel).

What is the dose of My Way® (levonorgestrel) for an adult?

Take My Way® as soon as possible within 72 hours after suspected birth control failure or after you have unprotected sexual intercourse. Follow the directions provided by your doctor.

What is the dose of My Way® (levonorgestrel) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is My Way® (levonorgestrel) available?

My Way® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of My Way®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: November 10, 2017 | Last Modified: November 10, 2017

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