Licensed to prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse or failure of a contraceptive method. Emergency contraceptive pills do not prevent 100% of pregnancies and are more effective the sooner they are taken after unprotected sex.
Please be aware of the updated FSRH advice (2017) to provide a 3mg dose in patients women weighing >70 kg or with a BMI >26 kg/m2
FP10s for levonorgestrel should be written generically as levonorgestrel 1.5mg. Levonelle One Step, the pharmacy pack, is significantly more expensive.
Levonelle One Step pharmacy pack of levonorgestrel 1.5mg is available to purchase from Community Pharmacies. Pharmacist checklist and patient information leaflet here.
Tablet containing 30 mg ulipristal acetate.
Licensed for prevention of pregnancy when taken within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure. Emergency contraceptive pills do not prevent 100% of pregnancies and are more effective the sooner they are taken after unprotected sex.
EllaOne is available to purchase from Community Pharmacies.
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RED - Hospital only – to be prescribed by a specialist and supplied from secondary care ONLY throughout treatment.
Amber medicines are considered suitable for GP prescribing following specialist initiation or recommendation.
Shared Care - these medicines require specialist initiation and stabilisation. Ongoing division of responsibility for drug and disease monitoring between specialist and GP by a Shared Care Guideline (SCG). If no SCG in place status reverts to red.
These medicines are appropriate for initiation in both primary and secondary care. Prescribing is appropriate within licensed or local recommendations.
Suitable for patient to be directed to buy themselves
Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where a decision to use this medicine is under review.
(In use from Oct 2020) Used where a decision has been made by the BSW APC not to routinely commission this preparation for its licensed indications. Do not prescribe.
Not currently used. We intend to include this TLS in future to highlight where this medicine and indication is ONLY available through a Specialist Centre according to a NICE Highly Specialised Technology or NHSE Specialised Commission Circular / Policy.