If your doctor has prescribed Upostelle®, you may have questions and even concerns. How do I take it? Will it work effectively? Will I experience side effects? All these questions and many more are answered here. For further information please consult the Upostelle® Patient Information leaflet PIL.

What is Upostelle®?

This pill is an emergency hormonal contraceptive (EHC), used to prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse or if your usual contraceptive method has failed. Each tablet contains a female hormone called levonorgestrel.

How does this pill work?

This pill is thought to work by preventing egg release and fertilisation.

Why was I given this pill?

If you want to find out more about why this specific pill was chosen, please talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. They will be able to explain in greater detail why it has been selected.

To find out more details about taking your pill, please click here to see the patient information leaflet. This contains lots of useful detailed information about taking your pill and the possible side effects.

How to take Upostelle®

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).

To find out more details about taking your pill, please click here to see the Patient Information Leaflet. This contains lots of useful, detailed information all about taking your pill, including possible side effects.

What is Upostelle®?

This is an emergency hormonal contraception that contains 1500 mcg levonorgestrel (a progesterone) which works by preventing egg release and fertilisation.

What happens if I have a stomach upset?

If you have been sick within 3 hours of taking your pill, another tablet should be taken. You will need to contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist immediately to obtain another tablet.

What side effects may I experience?

Like all medicines Upostelle 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.

Are there any medicines I shouldn’t take whilst I am on this pill?

Some medicines may stop your pill from working properly and mean that you need to take extra contraceptive precautions. These include medicines to treat epilepsy, tuberculosis, HIV and fungal infections and ciclosporin (used to suppress the immune system) and the herbal remedy St John’s Wort.

Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will advise you if you are unsure about taking other medicines in combination with your pill.

Can I take this pill if I have previously had an ectopic pregnancy?

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 a possible ectopic pregnancy (strong abdominal pain, bleeding), you should visit your doctor immediately.

Can this pill be used repeatedly/regularly?

Use of an emergency contraceptive pill is not recommended more than once in the same menstrual cycle. However, should this method be used several times during the same menstrual cycle, it may cause irregularities in your bleeding pattern.

How effective is this pill?

Used within 72 hours, your emergency contraceptive pill prevents pregnancy in 84% of cases.

Your emergency contraceptive pill is not as effective in prevention of pregnancy as regular contraceptive methods. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can advise you on the most suitable method of regular contraception for you.

What should I do if it doesn't work?

If you have become pregnant despite taking this medicine, visit your doctor for further advice.