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Etonogestrel (e toe noe JES trel)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Nexplanon

Warning

  • 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.

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to prevent pregnancy.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to etonogestrel or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like 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. Do not take this drug if you are pregnant.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • 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.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a 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.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • 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.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • 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.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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