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Can you tell me what is norplant (levonorgestrel)?

Can you tell me what is norplant (levonorgestrel)?

No longer available: Norplant (levonorgestrel) is not available anymore in the United States. There is a similar device called implanon. It is a thin, small cylindrical structure that is easily inserted under your skin. It lasts for three years. It has no estrogen in it. It is 99% effective. It can be associated with irregular bleeding. ...Read more

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Is norplant (levonorgestrel) covered my us medical insurance?

Is norplant (levonorgestrel) covered my us medical insurance?

Norplant (levonorgestrel)? No: Norplant (levonorgestrel) was removed from the us market in 2002, so it is not even available. As for removal, some insurers, such as medicaid, cover removal while many do not. Check with your insurer. If you mean nexplanon, the recommendation is still the same. ...Read more

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What is the difference between norplant (levonorgestrel) and explanon?

What is the difference between norplant (levonorgestrel) and explanon?

Similar, but: Norplant, (levonorgestrel) a 5 year contraceptive implant that consisted of six flexible hormone containing rods, is no longer available. Implanon is a single flexible implant that works for three years, and is currently available. ...Read more

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Why did the norplant (levonorgestrel) have a recall n january 2001 I got mine in 1997 was 17 when I got it?

Poor placement: The fda felt the training in placement was inadequate and removal frequently became a nightmare. It was 6 implants instead of the current nexplanon, 1 implant, with better required training, fewer complications. If yours was placed appropriately and easily removed, no problems. It was a good option for many. ...Read more

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Can norplant (levonorgestrel) cause long term side effects or permanent medical problems years after it has been removed?

Can norplant (levonorgestrel) cause long term side effects or permanent medical problems years after it has been removed?

No: There are no known long term health issues from norplant (levonorgestrel). It was removed due to a lack of sales and doctors finding it difficult to remove. It was not removed because of safety. ...Read more

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Deos norplant (levonorgestrel) decrease your libido?

Usually not: In controlled studies the percentage of patients reporting a decreased libido on Norplant (levonorgestrel) was 1-2%. ...Read more

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Is implanon the same thing as norplant (levonorgestrel)?

Sort of: Implanon is the same idea. Norplant (levonorgestrel) was discontinued in the United States. ...Read more

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Implanon etogestrel & norplant (levonorgestrel) levorgestrel what are the difference?

Impla3yrs/norpla/5rs: Implanon can not be left in for more than 3years and Norplant (levonorgestrel) can be left in for 5 years. Both are reversible and can be removed at any time
doctors may consider earlier replacement of implant in heavier women.
Norplant (levonorgestrel) is not available in us since july2002
Implanon is the only implanted contraceptive available in us at this time. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Norplant allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Norplant allergy?

Misguided Reaction: Norplant)allergy is a misguided reaction by the immune system of the body to one of the components of Norplat that often produces unpleasant symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference between implanon and norplant (levonorgestrel)?

Type of Progestin: Both rely on a different synthetic progestin. Implanon is one rod that lasts 3 years and Norplant (levonorgestrel) was 6 rods that lasted 5 years. Both need surgical implantation and need to be surgically removed when they expire. Both can unbalance hormones and cause problems with weight gain etc due to that effect. ...Read more

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I've used norplant (levonorgestrel) before successfully. Can I use implanon successfully?

I've used norplant (levonorgestrel) before successfully. Can I use implanon successfully?

Yes: Implanon/nexplanon uses a single rod instead of 6 and is highly efective contraception for 3 years instead of 5. Otherwise the side effects are about the same as norplant (levonorgestrel). It is easier to insert and usually easier to remove. ...Read more

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I have a norplant (levonorgestrel) its three yrs old is it still effective or can I get pregnant do I have to wait till the five years are up to remove it?

Five years: The Norplant (levonorgestrel) is effective for 5 years after insertion. You can have the Norplant (levonorgestrel) removed any time you choose. It does not have to stay in place for the full 5 years ...Read more

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What's the difference between the contraceptives norplant (levonorgestrel) and implanon?

Different hormones: Implanon & Norplant (levonorgestrel) are both a Progesterone type of birth control which are long acting and easily reversed. The Norplant (levonorgestrel) is 6 capsules inserted beneath the skin & good for 5 years. Implanon is one capsule good for 3 years. They're both extremely effective- & Implanon is considered the most effective form of birth control. Norplant (levonorgestrel) is no longer available in the us. Side effects same for both. ...Read more

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I have had Norplant (levonorgestrel) n my arm for 16 years I have some of the side effects I don't have any insurance I need to find a University that can Help me?

No problem: The effect of Norplant (levonorgestrel) runs out after 5 years; after that all that is left is the containers. Leaving the containers in place should not cause any "side effects", as the hormones that were in them are gone. People have all kinds of "foreign bodies" in their bodies (artificial knees, hips, heart valves, etc.) ...Read more

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I'm feeling movements in my stomach but I have a mirena (levonorgestrel) implant can I be pregnant?

Sure: Mirena (levonorgestrel) is fairly effective, but we do see some mirena (levonorgestrel) failures, so check a pregnancy test. This could also be gas you're feeling. ...Read more

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Is the mirena (levonorgestrel) implant a reasonable birth control option for a girl going into college soon with a steady sex life? What are the risks?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) implant: Mirene implant provides protection for approximately 5 years. Side effects can include irregular bleeding occuring in the first 3-6 months. Expulsion and perforation are rare complications. Because of the Progesterone in the system, you can get mood swings, acne and breast discomfort. ...Read more

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Heart fluttering for a few months and now triggers coughing fit. Chest feels tight. Mirena (levonorgestrel) implant. Past asthma. Strange pain in legs. Nausea. Tired?

Heart fluttering for a few months and now triggers coughing fit. Chest feels tight. Mirena (levonorgestrel) implant. Past asthma. Strange pain in legs. Nausea. Tired?

Complex issue: With multiple nonspecific symptoms, it is impossible to sort out your problems with a limited answer in an online forum. You should see your primary care provider a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more