I pill is a birth control pill (oral contraceptive) that offers you an effective way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. I pill helps in preventing pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of an unprotected intercourse or failure of the usual method of contraception. Get to know how i-pill works, its side effects, precautions, and contraindications where i-pill is not suggested.
Composition and active ingredients of I Pill
I Pill contain Levonorgestrel as an active ingredient. I pill is manufactured and distributed by Piramal Healthcare Limited.
How does I-pill work?
I pill work in 3 different ways depending on where you may be in your menstrual cycle. I pill is ineffective if the pregnancy is established.
- It may stop an egg being released from ovary
- If an egg has been released, i pill may prevent sperm from fertilizing it
- If the egg is already fertilized, it may prevent it from attaching itself to lining of the womb. It is important to note that pregnancy is established only after the fertilized egg attaches itself to the womb.
i Pill Uses and Benefits
i pill is used for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. The oral tablet has to be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
I pill also used in the form of a vaginal insert or slow release oral medicines for long-term prevention of pregnancies up to 3 years.
I pill also used for:
- Reduces or stops the short-term changes of menopause
- Hormonal contraception
- Hormonal contraceptive
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Side effects of I-pill
The following is a list of possible side effects that may occur from I-pill or its constituting ingredients. Below listed side effects are possible but do not always occur. Some of the side effects may be rare but serious. Consult your gynecologist if you notice any of the following side effects, especially if they do not go away. The Common side effects of I-pill include:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Unusual tiredness and weakness
- Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet
- Severe abdominal pain
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Breast pain and tenderness
- Change in libido
- Blood clot formation
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Spotting or bleeding between periods
Contraindications of I-pill
I-pill is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to levonorgestrel or any other component present along with it.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding
I-pill is not recommended for use if the patient has episodes of abnormal bleeding from the vagina.
I-pill is not recommended for use if you have/had breast cancer.
I-pill is not recommended for use if you have had a bleeding disorder of the brain or have suffered from a stroke recently.
Blood clotting disorder
I-pill is not recommended for use if you have a blood clotting disorder.
I-pill is not recommended for use if you have this rare genetic disorder of the blood and lymphatic system.
Precautions while taking I-pill
Before using I-pill, inform your doctor about your current list of drugs, over the counter products (e.g. herbal supplements, vitamins, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. upcoming surgery, pregnancy, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side effects of the drug. Take as directed by your physician or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your gynecologist if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
- Existing pregnancy
- Menstrual bleeding
- Ectopic pregnancy
Is I-pill safe medicine?
I-pill is absolutely safe if it is used according to the advice of the doctor.
Is I-pill reliable?
I-pill is one of the most trusted contraceptive medication, giving a very high degree of protection against pregnancy when taken as directed by a qualified doctor.
Will my periods be affected?
I-pill usually makes your periods more regular, shorter, lighter and less painful.
I’m on antibiotics – how does this affect my I-pill?
Some prescription drugs and other antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of the I-pill so always tell your doctor you’re taking the I-pill if you are prescribed drug.
Is I-pill safe while breastfeeding?
Yes, if you want to use I-pill as an emergency contraceptive, then it is safe during breastfeeding. You can take, but the best contraceptive during breastfeeding is an intrauterine contraceptive device (copper-T insertion).
I-pill – Drug Interactions
If you use other medicines or OTC (over the counter) products at the same time, the effects of I-pill may change. This may increase your risk of side effects or cause your medications not to work properly. Tell your physician about all the medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins you are using, so that your physician can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. I-pill may interact with the following drugs and products:
Substitutes for I-pill Tablet
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, action and form as I-pill, and hence can be used as its substitutes:
- Postpone-72 Tablet – Leeford Healthcare Ltd
- Unwanted 72 Tablet – Mankind Pharma Ltd
- Instafree 72 Tablet – Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
- Niel 72 Tablet – Lupin Ltd
- Suvida 1.5mg Tablet – Eskag Pharma Pvt Ltd
- Nowill 1.5mg Tablet – Zee Laboratories
- X-Out 1.5mg Tablet – Depsons Healthcare
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