1. What is emcon 1?
- emcon 1 is an emergency contraceptive pill for women which can protect
- the fertilization in case of unprotected intercourse.
- Each tablet contains 1.5mg of Levonorgestrel.
- Levonorgestrel belongs to a group of medicines called progestogens.
- Each pack of emcon 1 contains one round white tablet.
2. What is your medicine for and when should this medicine be taken:
is an oral emergency contraceptive pill.
What is emergency contraceptive?
Emergency contraceptive is a rescue method which is aimed to prevent
fertilization in case of unprotected intercourse.
When can emergency contraceptive be used?
- This contraception must be used as soon as possible, preferably within 12
- hours and no later than a period of 72 hours (3 days) after the unprotected
- sexual intercourse, particularly:
- if you have had a sexual intercourse whereas either yourself or your partner did not
- use a contraceptive method;
- if you have forgotten to take your contraceptive pill beyond the maximum acceptable
- delay: in this case, read the information leaflet of your contraceptive pill;
- if your partner’s condom has broken, slipped or been improperly removed, or if he
- has forgotten to use it;
- if you fear that your intrauterine device has been expelled;
- if your vaginal diaphragm or your contraceptive cap has moved or if you have
- removed it too early;
- if you are afraid that the method of coitus interruptus has failed or if you have had
- sexual intercourse during the period when
- you are supposed to be fertile when using the rhythm method;
- in the event of rape.
3. How should this medicine be used
- The treatment necessitates the intake of one tablet.
- Must be taken as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours, after the unprotected
- intercourse and no longer than within 72 hours (3 days) after the intercourse.
- emcon 1 can be taken at any moment during the menstrual cycle.
- After using an emergency contraception, it is recommended to use a local contraceptive
- mean (condom, and cervical cap) until the next menstrual period resume. The use of
- emcon 1 does not contraindicate the continuation of regular hormonal contraception.
- If you have used this medicine while you were using an oral contraception
- (contraceptive pill), you should carry on taking the usual tablets until the end of the
- treatment. In case no menstrual period occurs in the next pill-free period following the
- use of emcon 1, a pregnancy test should be performed to rule out a pregnancy.
Method and route of administration
Oral use –
The tablet should be taken with a glass of water.
>>How often and when should the medicine be taken:
>>What should you do if you take an overdose
No acute toxicity has been demonstrated with this medicine in case of intake of
When should you not use this medicine
If you have hypersensitivity to levonorgestrel or any of the excipients of emcon 1. Special warnings and precautions for use.
Emergency contraception must be used exceptionally, since:
- It does not allow to prevent a pregnancy in every instance;
- The associated hormonal overdosing is not advisable in case of regular intake.
- It cannot replace a regular contraception.
After taking this medicine, menstrual period usually occurs at the expected date is of normal abundance; nevertheless, it can occur earlier or later by a few days. After taking this medicine, it is therefore mandatory to check the absences of pregnancy by performing a pregnancy test in case of abnormal bleeding at the date of excepted menses or in case of menstrual delay of more than 5 days.
The use of emergency contraception does not replace the necessary precautions against sexually transmitted diseases and the measures to be taken in case of risk of transmission (see paragraph 7, Advice/Sanitary Education). Taking this medicine is not recommended if you have had an ectopic pregnancy or if you have had a salpingitis or if you have a severe digestive disease which impairs absorption of medications.
If vomiting would occur within three hours after taking this medicine, it is recommended to take immediately another tablet.
Interactions with other medicines and other forms of interaction Simultaneous administration of certain anticonvulsant agents (phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, carbamazepin), certain medications such as rifabutin rifampicin, and griseofulvin can reduce or suppress the effectiveness of this emergency contraceptive.
In order to avoid potential interactions between several medicines, you must systematically notify your doctor or pharmacist of any other treatment you are currently taking.
Pregnancy and lactation
This medicine is not indicated in case of pre-existing pregnancy and cannot interrupt it. In case of failure of this contraceptive mean with persisting pregnancy, epidemiological studies indicate no adverse effects of progestins on malformation of a foetus.
Lactation is possible. However, since levonorgestrel is secreted into breast milk, it is suggested that you breastfeed immediately before taking emcon 1 tablet .
5. Undesirable effects
- Like all medicines, this medicine may in some people cause effects of varying degrees of unpleasantness:
- Undesirable effects which have been observed are: nausea and vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headache, abdominal pain, a feeling of breast tenderness.
- Bleeding can occur after taking this medicine.
- Inform your doctor of any unwanted effect which is not mentioned in this leaflet.
6. Storage conditions
- Do not exceed the expiry date printed on the outer packaging
- Special precautions for storage
- Keep the container in the outer carton.
7. Advice / Sanitary Education
Some information about the menstrual cycle and contraception.
- The menstrual cycle is the time elapsed between two menstrual periods. Normally, the cycle lasts for 28 days but its length can vary noticeably from one woman to another.
- Menstrual periods occur when a woman is not pregnant.
- At the middle of the cycle, an ovum is expelled by one of the 2 ovaries (this moment is called “ovulation”). Usually ovulation takes place at the middle of the cycle, but it can occur at any moment during the cycle.
- If sperms are near the ovum, fertilization can take place. After a few days, the fertilized ovum implants in the womb and the pregnancy starts.
Emergency contraception aims to block ovulation or prevent implantation if the sexual intercourse has taken place in the hours or days preceding ovulation, i.e. at a time when the likelihood of fertilization is the highest. It could also prevent implantation. It becomes inefficient as soon as implantation has started.
If you have taken this medicine and that you do not use a regular contraception, it is highly recommended to visit your doctor in order to obtain advice on a method of contraception suitable to you.
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