What is Levest?
Levest is a combined pill that contains 150 mcg of Levonorgestrel (progestogen) and 30 mcg of Ethinyl Estradiol (oestrogen), used for the prevention of pregnancy. This contraceptive pill may also help to reduce the risk of certain cancers such as cancer of the ovaries, womb, and colon. Levest may alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and it may also reduce the risk of fibroids, ovarian cysts and certain forms of breast disease.
How to take Levest?
Levest is a monophasic pill supplied in memo strips of 21 labelled pills. Take each pill on the correct day for 21 days. You should take your pill at approximately the same time every day.
After 21 days of daily Levest pills, take a complete break for 7 days. On the 8th day begin a new memo strip of 21 pills.
You may experience some vaginal bleeding similar to a period during each 7-day break. Even if you are bleeding, you must start a new batch of 21 pills on the 8th day.
Important for first time use:
You must take the pill daily, starting on the first day of your menstrual cycle for effective protection against pregnancy.
Who can use Levest?
Doctors will usually consider offering Levest to healthy women of childbearing age, providing that there is no risk of thrombosis. Levest may help women who suffer from acne, and may also help to lighten heavy periods and reduce symptoms of PMS.
Simply complete a short medical questionnaire and our online GP will immediately check your health status and issue a prescription if Levest is a safe choice of contraceptive for you.
Please read the Side Effects section for full information about whether Levest is suitable for you.
What is the dosage of Levest?
Levest is a combined pill that uses low doses of two active hormones to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Ethinyl Estradiol 30mcg
Levonorgestrel is a synthetic form of the natural hormone progestogen. Ethinyl Estradiol replicates the natural hormone oestrogen. Similar combinations of synthetic hormones have been used in birth control pills for over half a century.
If you follow the manufacturer’s, and your health care professional’s instructions exactly, you are unlikely to experience any significant side effects from the 150/30mcg dosage.
What if I forget to take my pill?
You need to take each daily pill at approximately the same time every day. If you forget to take the pill once - and you realise it within 12 hours of the regular time, simply take the pill immediately. There should be no risk of becoming pregnant.
If you are more than 12 hours late, you will be at risk of becoming pregnant. You should use an additional contraceptive and read the manufacturer's instructions, so you will know, depending on which stage you are in your
If you forget to take more than one tablet you should seek immediate medical advice.
What are the side effects of Levest?
Levest contains low doses of active hormones. If you follow the manufacturer’s and your doctor’s instructions exactly, your risk of side effects should be slight.
As with all prescription medicines, you should be familiar with possible side effects before you begin treatment.
Can I use Levest if I smoke?
Smoking is not recommended when you take Levest. If you are over 35 years old and smoke more than 15 cigarettes a day, this poses a serious risk to your health. Possible serious side effects may include strokes and blood clots.
Possible common side effects
Approximately 90% of women who use Levest correctly will not experience any side effects, but the following common side effects may still occur in some users:
- Depression or low moods
- Skin rash
- Weight gain
- Tender or painful breasts
Possible adverse reactions
A tiny minority of patients may experience an adverse reaction to Levest. If you experience any of the following symptoms you should discontinue your treatment and seek immediate medical advice.
- Liver problems
- Weight loss
Your prescription will come with a patient leaflet giving detailed information about the medication, its ingredients, possible side effects and contraindications. Please read this leaflet carefully before you begin taking your tablets.
If you experience serious discomfort we recommend that you go straight to your nearest casualty department. In an emergency dial 999.
When not to take Levest
Do not take Levest if you are:
- Overweight (BMI 35+)
- Suffering from serious liver conditions
- A smoker over the age of 35
A few prescription medications are incompatible with Levest. If you have certain serious medical conditions you may also be unable to take Levest. When you fill in the short online medical questionnaire it is important to be open about any health problems. Our GP will review your answers on the spot to check whether Levest is a healthy option for you. Your order will then be processed for free next day delivery by UPS courier.
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- Low dose ooestrogen combined oral contraception and risk of pulmonary embolism, stroke - BMJ
- Safety, efficacy and patient satisfaction with continuous daily administration of levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol oral contraceptives- ncbi
- Levonorgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol for Continuous Contraception- AFP
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