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Etonogestrel

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Implanon®;Nexplanon®

    Uses
    • It is used to stop pregnancy.
    • Etonogestrel stops or delays egg release (ovulation). It keeps the sperm from fertilizing the egg, changes chemicals seen in pregnancy, and stops the fertilized egg from implanting.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • A rod is placed under the skin in the upper arm. This is a minor surgery. The rod must be changed every 3 years.
    • Keep dry.
    • Avoid heavy lifting for 2 to 3 days after placement.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug does not protect you from diseases caused by having sex.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to etonogestrel or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Active liver disease, blood clots, breast cancer, tumor where estrogen makes it grow, or vaginal bleeding.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

    Precautions

    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Avoid cigarette smoking.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Weight gain.
    • Headache.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Pimples (acne).
    • Mood changes.
    • Vaginal irritation.
    • Period (menstrual) changes. These include lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.
    • Irritation where rod was placed.
    • Gallbladder disease, blood clots, heart attacks, and other blood vessel problems may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Swelling, warmth, or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
    • Very bad vaginal bleeding.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Sudden change in eyesight, eye pain, or irritation.
    • A lump in the breast or breast soreness.
    • Very bad skin irritation.
    • For women, if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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