Emergency Contraceptive Richter
Emergency Contraceptive Richter is a morning after pill, taken to prevent pregnancy. It must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
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What is Emergency Contraceptive Richter 1500mcg tablet?
This is an emergency hormonal contraceptive (EHC) that is used to prevent pregnancy in women if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse or if your usual contraceptive method has failed. Emergency Contraceptive Richter contains Levonorgestrel.
How does it work?
When taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sexual intercourse, Emergency Contraceptive Richter is thought to work by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg; by preventing sperm from fertilising any egg that you might have already released.
How effective is this medication?
Emergency Contraceptive Richter prevents 84% of pregnancies if it is used within 72 hours. This pill is not as effective as regular methods of contraception. Please speak to your GP, pharmacist or nurse for advice on the most suitable contraceptive method for you.
How to Use Emergency Contraceptive Richter
One tablet should be taken, as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours and no later than 72 hours after unprotected intercourse.
After using this emergency hormonal contraceptive, use of a barrier method (condom, diaphragm or cervical cap) is recommended until the next menstrual period starts.
This emergency hormonal contraceptive can be used at any time during your menstrual cycle unless menstrual bleeding is overdue by 5 or more days (when it is possible that you are already pregnant).
Can I use this medication regularly?
Use of this medication is not recommended more than once in the same menstrual cycle. Repeated use of this method during the same menstrual cycle may cause irregularities in your bleeding patterns.
- If you have vomited within 3 hours of taking the pill, another tablet should be taken.
- Some medicines may stop your pill from working properly and require you to take extra contraceptive precautions. These include medications to treat epilepsy, tuberculosis, HIV and fungal infections, and ciclosporin (used to suppress the immune system) and St John’s Wort.
- Emergency Contraceptive Richter is not suitable for those under 16 years of age.
- Use of this pill is not recommended if you have previously had an ectopic pregnancy. If you use this pill and experience any symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy such as strong abdominal pain or bleeding, please contact your GP immediately.
- If you have become pregnant whilst taking this medication, contact your GP for more advice.
As with all medication, Emergency Contraceptive Richter may cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very common side effects include headache, nausea, pain in the lower abdomen (tummy), irregular bleeding and fatigue (feeling tired). Other commonly reported effects include dizziness, diarrhoea, vomiting, irregular menstruation, delayed menstruation and breast tenderness. If your bleeding is more than 5 days late or is unusually light or unusually heavy, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find the information by searching for your treatment on Medicines.org.uk.
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