What is Levonorgestrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Levonorgestrel is a progestin agent. It is used for contraception as an intrauterine device (IUD) to prevent pregnancy. As an oral agent is is used for emergency contraception following unprotected intercourse or possible contraceptive failure.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 76 44
Endometriosis 17 11
Menorrhagia 12 13
Dysmenorrhea 10 9
Uterine fibroids 8 5
Heavy periods 7 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 11
Moderate 12
Mild 25
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Levonorgestrel

Side effect Patients
Irregular menstrual periods 6
Pain 6
Abdominal cramps 5
Menstrual cramps 5
Menstrual spotting 4
Pelvic pain 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Levonorgestrel

Dosage Patients
1 other daily 7
52 mg daily 6
52mg as needed 4
1 other one time 3
20 mcg daily 3
1 other yearly 1
0.58 mcg daily 1
18.72 mcg daily 1
104 mg daily 1
52 mg one time 1

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Why patients stopped taking Levonorgestrel

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 16
Did not seem to work 6
Personal research 6
Other 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Doctor's advice 2
See all 63 patients who've stopped taking Levonorgestrel

Duration

Currently taking Levonorgestrel

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Levonorgestrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 68
Usually 0
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 54
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 25
Not specified 41

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Levonorgestrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 6
ethinyl estradiol-etonorgestrel (NuvaRing) 3
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 3
etonogestrel (Nexplanon) 3
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 2

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Levonorgestrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 3
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol (Yaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1
ethinyl estradiol-norgestimate (Ortho Tri-Cyclen) 1
etonogestrel (Nexplanon) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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4 patient evaluations for Levonorgestrel

Jul 16, 2015 (Started Mar 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Severe (moodiness, menstrual cramps)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 52 mg Yearly
Advice & Tips: Worst choice I have ever made 

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 17, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for menorrhagia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 52 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 15, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for menorrhagia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dysmenorrhea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 52 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 6, 2013 (Started Mar 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Severe (pelvic pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 52 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Do not use unless you are done having children.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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