Implanon vs. Nexplanon

Are Implanon and Nexplanon the Same Thing?

Implanon (etonogestrel) and Nexplanon (etonogestrel implant) are contraceptive implants used to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Implanon?

Common side effects of Implanon include:

Other side effects of Implanon include:

  • pain,
  • bruising,
  • numbness,
  • infection,
  • tingling,
  • minor bleeding, and
  • scarring at the site where the rod is placed

What Are Possible Side Effects of Nexplanon?

Common side effects of Nexplanon include:

  • missed periods (amenorrhea),
  • bleeding and spotting between periods,
  • heavier bleeding during the first few weeks after device insertion,
  • abdominal/pelvic pain,
  • ovarian cysts,
  • back pain,
  • headache/migraine,
  • nervousness,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • bloating,
  • breast tenderness or pain,
  • weight gain,
  • changes in hair growth,
  • acne,
  • depression,
  • changes in mood,
  • loss of interest in sex,
  • itching or skin rash, and
  • puffiness in the face, hands, ankles, or feet.

What is Implanon?

Implanon (etonogestrel) is a contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy.

What is Nexplanon?

Nexplanon (etonogestrel implant) is a contraceptive implant indicated for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Nexplanon is available in generic form.

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What Drugs Interact With Implanon?

Implanon may interact with phenylbutazone, modafinil, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medicines, barbiturates, and HIV medicines.

What Drugs Interact With Nexplanon?

Nexplanon may interact with bosentan, griseofulvin, rifampin, itraconazole, ketoconazole, and cyclosporine.

How Should Implanon Be Taken?

The medicine in Implanon is contained in a small plastic rod that is implanted into the skin of your upper arm. The medicine dose is released slowly into the body. The rod can remain in place and provide continuous contraception for up to 3 years.

How Should Nexplanon Be Taken?

Nexplanon (etonogestrel implant) is available in a sterile disposable container that has non-biodegradable polymer, 4 cm long by 2 mm wide, containing 68 mg of etonogestrel. A single Nexplanon implant is inserted, using sterile technique, subdermally in the upper arm by individuals trained to do this technique. Nexplanon may be used during breastfeeding after the fourth postpartum week. There is no evidence that the risk associated with etonogestrel is different from that of combination oral contraceptives. Nexplanon should be removed if a person becomes pregnant and is interested in maintaining the pregnancy, but it is imperative to rule out pregnancy before inserting the implant. The implant should be removed at the end of three years; another can be inserted if the patient still wants pregnancy prevention. This implant has not been studied in female patients under age 18.

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References

RxList. Implanon Product Monograph.
https://www.implanon-usa.com/
RxList. Nexplanon Product Monograph.
https://www.nexplanon.com/

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