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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
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
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
Can norplant (levonorgestrel) cause long term side effects or permanent medical problems years after it has been removed?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
No Pregnancy: Make sure that you are not pregnant. ...Read more
I have had the Mirena (levonorgestrel) implant since Feb 2015 and I have had dark brown coloured discharge in place of my periods ever since. Is this normal?
I am past my first year of my 2nd mirena (levonorgestrel) implant and since I have had it I have had brown period blood from beginning to end of each cycle since!
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
On Norplant (levonorgestrel) never have periods randomly just start spotting very lite bad cramps and in back Very bloated always hungry but throw up 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
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
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
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