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About this Plan B Coupon
How do I use this Plan B Coupon?
- Print this drug coupon and bring it to your pharmacy.
- Give the pharmacist the coupon. She or he will know how to apply the drug discount.
- Save up to 75% off your Birth Control prescription!
Where can I use this Plan B Coupon?
You can use this discount at pharmacies across the nation. It may get you different discounts depending on which pharmacy you go to. We recommend calling ahead of time to different pharmacies near you for the most savings.
Who can use this Plan B Coupon?
Anyone can use this discount card with their prescription. Simply present it to your pharmacy when you are filling your prescription.
What if I have/don’t have insurance?
You can use this card if you don’t have insurance or if you have insurance. Please check with the pharmacy for each prescription as our drug coupon may save you MORE money than your current prescription insurance. You may be able to use our drug coupon to pay less than what you would with your insurance copay. This drug coupon is not insurance. This drug coupon does not expire and gives you access to discounts that would normally be reserved for special medical groups.
Plan B Medical Information
What is Plan B?
Plan B is a medicine used as a contraceptive agent. In other words, Plan B is used to prevent pregnancy in patients likely to become pregnant, or for whom other contraceptive methods have failed (for example, through damaged condoms). Plan B must only be used in consultation with your doctor or pharmacist.
The active ingredient of Plan B, levonorgestrel, is a replica of a bodily hormone. As such, it prevents ovulation, the process where an egg is released from an ovary. Levonorgestrel also changes the uterine lining, making it more difficult for the sperm-egg combination to penetrate the uterine wall.
Plan B is associated with its own range of potential side effects. Among these include headache, dizziness, diarrhea, stomach pain, fatigue, and breast tenderness. Some patients may also experience more serious side effects such as hives, facial swelling, difficulty breathing, or an allergic response.
Patients experiencing severe side effects should discontinue the medicine and consult a healthcare provider.
Plan B Medical Uses
Plan B is a medicine used as a contraceptive agent and has been used in this capacity since the 1980s (though the drug itself was developed in the 1960s). It is commonly referred to as the ‘morning after pill’. Plan B is only used for this purpose, though the active ingredient – levonorgestrel – is also used in the treatment of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
- Prevention of pregnancy
Levonorgestrel may also be combined with estrogen to form yet another contraceptive medicine. However, Plan B only has levonorgestrel as its active ingredient and is currently only available in doses effective for contraception. Plan B is only effective for patients within the first 3 days and its effectiveness declines after that.
The active ingredient, levonorgestrel, works by preventing ovulation. This is the physiological process where an egg is released from an ovary as it’s the egg which needs to be combined with the sperm for successful implantation in the uterine wall. However, levonorgestrel also works by other means.
For example, Plan B also causes changes in the lining of the uterus – changes which disrupt the ability of the sperm-egg combination to penetrate the uterus, thereby avoiding implantation. Plan B works for two reasons: preventing ovulation and causing changes in the uterine lining.
Plan B may also be used for purposes not listed in this guide, at the discretion of the prescriber. This may be the case, for example, where the active ingredient is used off-label in the treatment of other ailments. If this is the case, the medicine will be discussed with the patient prior to use.
Plan B Dosage
The dose the patient is prescribed depends upon a number of factors. For example, the patient’s age, current health status, and whether or not the patient is taking any other medicines will all be taken into consideration. Based on these factors, the healthcare provider will determine the optimum dose for the patient.
As Plan B is a hormonal contraceptive, dosage is important. Patients are advised to take the medicine exactly as prescribed. Timing is very important with oral contraceptive drugs, as taking the medicine late can alter the effectiveness of the drug. However, all else being equal, patients taking Plan B are advised to administer the medicine as follows:
- Adults: Patients are advised to take one tablet within 72 hours of sexual activity. Failure to take the drug within this timeframe reduces the effectiveness of its contraceptive power. Patients should then administer a second tablet approximately 12 hours after taking the first tablet.
Patients are often concerned about when they should take the oral contraceptive. Doctors will typically reassure patients that they can administer Plan B at any time during the menstrual cycle there are no risks at any one particular time. If patients vomit within 120 minutes of taking Plan B, the patient should discontinue the medicine and consult their doctor.
Plan B Side Effects
Like most medicines, Plan B is associated with its own range of potential side effects. However, generally speaking, Plan B is well tolerated by patients. Nonetheless, side effects are experienced on a patient-by-patient basis – with many of these side effects linked to existing patient factors: such as age, health status, and whether they take other medicines.
Patients taking Plan B may feel discomfort, but this is transitory. Patients should not be concerned if they experience mild, self-limiting side effects such as stomach pain and fatigue. These symptoms are quite normal and will subside with time. However, patients experiencing severe, persistent side effects should immediately consult their healthcare provider.
Common side effects with Plan B include:
- Abdominal pain
- Breast tenderness
Some patients may experience more serious side effects with Plan B, such as:
- Heavy bleeding
- Severe cramps
- Pelvic pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Facial swelling
Patients who experience any serious side effects should discontinue the medicine and consult with their healthcare provider. Patients should disclose with their doctor whether they’re taking any other medicines, as drug interactions may increase the likelihood of experiencing any given side effect.
For example, drug interactions with barbiturates, anti-epileptic medicines, and rifampin, may precipitate severe side effects.
Plan B Interactions
Plan B does, like most prescription medicines, interact with other drugs. Patients are advised to disclose any medicines they are currently taking including herbal remedies and supplements as they, too, may interact with the function of Plan B. Some drug interactions lessen or enhance the effect of Plan B, whereas others have no effect on function but instead increase the likelihood of side effects.
Patients should not, therefore, be concerned with all drug interactions as some are minor, whereas others have little to no effect. Nonetheless, patients should still inform their doctor of any medicines they’re already taking when prescribed Plan B.
Drugs which interact with Plan B include:
- Mycophenolate mofetil
Patients are recommended not to consume alcohol with Plan B. However; this is considered a minor drug interaction. Patients must also be aware that Plan B is associated with weight gain, and this is particularly true if the medicine is taken with other progestogens. Taking Plan B with estrogens also causes fluid retention – which may be important if the patient has existing cardiovascular problems.
If you are concerned about any potential drug interaction, consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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