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Implanon Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is etonogestrel implant (Implanon)?
- What are the possible side effects of etonogestrel implant (Implanon)?
- What is the most important information I should know about etonogestrel implant (Implanon)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving the etonogestrel implant (Implanon)?
- How is the etonogestrel implant used (Implanon)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Implanon)?
- What happens if I overdose (Implanon)?
- What should I avoid while taking etonogestrel implant (Implanon)?
- What other drugs will affect etonogestrel implant (Implanon)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Implanon)?
Since the etonogestrel implant is inserted under the skin and remains in place for up to 3 years, you will not be on a dosing schedule. Be sure to see your doctor for removal of the implant by the end of the third year.
What happens if I overdose (Implanon)?
If the implant is correctly inserted, an overdose of etonogestrel is highly unlikely. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and vaginal bleeding.
What should I avoid while taking etonogestrel implant (Implanon)?
Do not smoke while using etonogestrel implant, especially if you are older than 35. Smoking can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack caused by etonogestrel implant.
Etonogestrel implant will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases--including HIV and AIDS. Using a condom is the only way to protect yourself from these diseases.
What other drugs will affect etonogestrel implant (Implanon)?
Before receiving etonogestrel implant, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- phenylbutazone (Azolid, Butazolidin);
- modafinil (Provigil);
- St. John's wort;
- antibiotic medicines such as griseofulvin (Grisactin, Grifulvin V, Fulvicin PG), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), amoxicillin (Augmentin), ampicillin (Omnipen), doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin), minocycline (Minocin), penicillin (Veetids, Pen Vee K, Bicillin), rifampin (Rifadin), rifabutin (Mycobutin), tetracycline (Sumycin, Achromycin, Robitet), and others;
- seizure medicines such as phenytoin (Dilantin), carbamazepine (Tegretol), felbamate (Felbatol), oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), or topiramate (Topamax);
- a barbiturate such as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton); or
- HIV medicines such as amprenavir (Agenerase), atazanavir (Reyataz), tipranavir (Aptivus), indinavir (Crixivan), saquinavir (Invirase), lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), ritonavir (Norvir), or nelfinavir (Viracept).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with etonogestrel implant. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about etonogestrel implant.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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