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Epilepsy medication may affect emergency contraception

New advice has been issued that says that epilepsy medication may affect certain types of emergency contraception, commonly known as the ‘morning-after-pill’.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, MHRA, have released new guidance to inform women who need to use emergency contraception that they should consult their healthcare professionals if they are also taking medication to control their epilepsy, or have done so in the past four weeks.

The new guidelines state that women who take epilepsy medication should consult their pharmacist, nurse or doctor if they need to use the emergency contraceptive pill containing levonorgestrel, as this may reduce how well the pill works.

A new information sheet has been produced to advise women living with epilepsy what they need to do to ensure they receive effective alternative emergency contraception.


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