Implanon vs. ParaGard

Are Implanon and ParaGard the Same Thing?

Implanon (etonogestrel) and ParaGard T 380A (intrauterine copper contraceptive) are contraceptives used to prevent pregnancy.

Implanon and ParaGard are different types of contraceptives. Implanon is a contraceptive implant used to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. ParaGard T 380A is an intrauterine device (IUD) used to prevent pregnancy for up to 10 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 ParaGard?

Common side effects of ParaGard include:

  • heavier, longer periods and spotting between periods;
  • most of these side effects diminish after 2-3 months

Uncommon but serious side effects of ParaGard include:

What is Implanon?

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

What is ParaGard?

ParaGard T 380A (intrauterine copper contraceptive) is indicated for intrauterine contraception for up to 10 years.


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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 ParaGard?

ParaGard is not expected to interact with other drugs.

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 ParaGard Be Taken?

A single ParaGard should be placed at the fundus of the uterine cavity by a physician. ParaGard should be removed on or before 10 years from the date of insertion.


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RxList. Implanon Product Monograph.
RxList. ParaGard Product Monograph.

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