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Mirena Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena)?
- What are the possible side effects of levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena)?
- What is the most important information I should know about levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena)?
- How is levonorgestrel intrauterine system used (Mirena)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Mirena)?
- What happens if I overdose (Mirena)?
- What should I avoid while using levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena)?
- What other drugs will affect levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Mirena)?
Since the intrauterine device continuously releases a low dose of levonorgestrel, missing a dose does not occur when using this form of levonorgestrel.
What happens if I overdose (Mirena)?
An overdose of levonorgestrel released from the intrauterine system is very unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid while using levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena)?
Avoid having sexual intercourse with more than one partner. Also avoid having sexual intercourse with a partner who has other sexual partners besides you. The intrauterine device can increase your risk of developing a serious pelvic infection, which is often caused by sexually transmitted disease.
Levonorgestrel intrauterine system will not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases--including HIV and AIDS. Using a condom is the only way to help protect yourself from these diseases.
Contact your doctor if your sexual partner develops HIV or a sexually transmitted disease, or if you have any change in sexual relationships.
What other drugs will affect levonorgestrel intrauterine system (Mirena)?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); or
- steroids such as prednisone, fluticasone (Advair), mometasone (Asmanex, Nasonex), dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol) and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with the levonorgestrel intrauterine system. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about the levonorgestrel intrauterine system.
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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