After having unprotected sex, a woman may use a medication called Plan B to help prevent pregnancy. This emergency contraceptive is available without a prescription for women of all ages. It comes in two forms -- one that is taken in a single dose and one that is taken as two doses. Side effects include nausea, headaches, and fatigue.
What Is Plan B?
Plan B One-Step™ (levonorgestrel) is a medication that is an emergency contraceptive, which is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. Originally, it was a prescription medication. However, it is now available without a prescription to all women (even those under 18 years of age).
Plan B originally came in a two-step formulation, which consisted of two tablets that are taken 12 hours apart. However, it was replaced by a new formulation, Plan B One-Step, which consists of one tablet. The old formulation is still available in generic form.
Who Makes Plan B?
The medication is made by Gedeon Richter, Ltd., for Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (now owned by Teva Women's Health, Inc).