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how can i deal with plan b side effects?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends on the sxs: For headaches or abdominal discomfort can consider use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. For nausea/ vomiting - consider ginger tea or ginger ale. If fatigued - rest more.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is Plan B safe?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes: Plan b is safe and effective - it works over 85% of the time if used within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex and about 80% if used within 120 hours (5 days). There are few complications, but there are side effects occasionally, like nausea and headache.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Could you describe how do you use plan b?

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Dr. Meena Khandelwal
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Just take the 1 pill: Soon after unprotected sex, take the 1 pill. Do not use this as the method of birth control - it is only for emergency in case of an oopsy! try to use condoms or birth control pills or iud or injectables etc.
A member asked:

Is it bad to take Plan B once in awhile?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It is far better: to use a consistent form of birth control than to use emergency contraception repeatedly.
A 18-year-old female asked:

How long you should wait to take plan b?

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Dr. Meena Khandelwal
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
As soon as possible: If you do not want to get pregnant, take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex but definitely within 3days or is useless.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

What medicines should I not be taking in order to take plan b?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree w Dr. Collins: No absolute contraindications. Plan B One-Step is up to 89 % effective when taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. It can reduce chance of pregnancy by up to 95% if used within 24 hours. It continues to reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex, but is less effective as time passes.

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