Plan B is an emergency contraceptive drug that is used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy in women who have had unprotected intercourse or suspect that their current form of birth control may have failed. However, do not use it as a routine form of birth control.
Also, please keep in mind that it will not stop (abort) an existing pregnancy.
How to use Plan B
The ideal way to use Plan B is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
The first tablet must be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. This should be followed up by the second tablet within 12 hours of having the first.
You may use it at any stage of your menstrual cycle. However, if you vomit within an hour of having the medication, then you must contact your doctor to know if the dosage is to be repeated.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Plan B is an emergency contraceptive pill that helps women prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Plan B to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then contact your doctor immediately.
Store Plan B at 77 degrees F (25 Degrees), at room temperature. You may briefly store it between 15 to 30 degree Celsius. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Plan B in the bathroom.
A Plan B overdose may have certain adverse symptoms like, which may require immediate medical attention. So please contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that the patient has overdosed on Plan B.
Although there are no reported cases of a Plan B overdose, you must contact your doctor immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Plan B if you have conditions like diabetes, possible pregnancy, unusual vaginal bleeding, allergies (especially to birth control pills), if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Plan B if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
Contact your doctor immediately if your menstrual period is delayed by a week.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Plan B as Plan B may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Plan B is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Please remember that Plan B does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.