Emcon Brand Names
Emcon may be found in some form under the following brand names:
Emcon Tablets 0.75mg is a generic form of Plan B. This product is no longer manufactured, but you may occasionally find it in stock. The package instructions state that you should take 1 white pill within 72 hours after unprotected sex and 1 more peach pill 12 hours later. Each dose contains 0.75 mg of Emcon (the two pills are identical, so it does not matter which pill you take first). However, research indicates that both doses can be taken at the same time up to 120 hours after unprotected sex. The pills are more effective the sooner they are taken, so take 2 Emcon pills at the same time as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse.
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What Is Estradiol-Emcon?
Estradiol is a form of estrogen, a female sex hormone that regulates many processes in the body. Emcon is a form of progesterone, a female hormone important for regulating ovulation and menstruation.
Estradiol and Emcon is a combination medicine used to treat menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, and to prevent osteoporosis (bone loss) in menopausal women.
Estradiol and Emcon may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medicine if you have had a hysterectomy, or if you have: undiagnosed vaginal bleeding, liver disease, a bleeding disorder, if you will have major surgery, or if you have ever had a heart attack, a stroke, a blood clot, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina.
Do not use if you are pregnant.
Estradiol and Emcon may increase your risk of developing a condition that may lead to uterine cancer. Report any unusual vaginal bleeding right away.
Using this medicine can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, or cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries. Estradiol and Emcon should not be used to prevent heart disease, stroke, or dementia.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to estradiol or Emcon, if you have had a hysterectomy, or if you have:
- unusual vaginal bleeding that has not been checked by a doctor;
- liver disease;
- a bleeding disorder;
- a history of heart attack, stroke, or blood clot; or
- a history of hormone-related cancer, or cancer of the breast, uterus/cervix, or vagina.
Do not use estradiol and Emcon if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.
Using this medicine can increase your risk of blood clots, stroke, or heart attack. You are even more at risk if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, if you are overweight, or if you smoke.
Estradiol and Emcon should not be used to prevent heart disease, stroke, or dementia, because this medicine may actually increase your risk of developing these conditions.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- heart disease;
- liver problems, or jaundice caused by pregnancy or taking hormones;
- hereditary angioedema (an immune system disorder);
- kidney disease;
- gallbladder disease;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system);
- endometriosis or uterine fibroid tumors;
- a thyroid disorder; or
- high levels of calcium in your blood.
Using estradiol may increase your risk of cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries. Talk with your doctor about this risk.
Estradiol and Emcon can slow breast milk production. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Emcon Food Interactions
Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Emcon, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
What is oral Emcon, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Emcon (Plan B) is emergency contraception (commonly called the morning after pill) that is used as backup contraception to prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex or when birth control fails.
- Emcon is a progestin. Progestins are hormones used in many birth control pills. Although Emcon and similar emergency contraception pills contain a higher dose of Emcon than birth control pills, they work in a similar way to prevent pregnancy, mainly by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. Additionally, Emcon also may prevent fertilization of an egg (the uniting of the sperm with the egg) or prevent the attachment (implantation) of a fertilized egg to the uterus (womb).
- Emergency contraception pills do not work in women who are already pregnant and should not be taken during pregnancy.
- The FDA approved Emcon in July 1999.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Emcon?
- If you have an allergy to Emcon or any other part of Emcon (systemic).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take Emcon (systemic) if you are pregnant.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Emcon (systemic) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- St. John’s wort
- HIV protease inhibitors
- non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors
This is not a complete list of Emcon drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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Which drugs or supplements interact with oral Emcon?
Drugs or herbal products that increase the activity certain liver enzymes that breakdown drugs may reduce blood levels of Emcon and the effectiveness of the morning after pill.
Do I need a prescription for Emcon-oral?
No. Most emergency contraception pills can be purchased over-the-counter or OTC (without a prescription). However, some age restrictions may apply.
Emcon is a prescription medication that is a hormone-releasing system placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to 5 years. This hormone-releasing system is a type of intrauterine system also know as an intrauterine device (IUD). It is also used to lessen menstrual blood loss in women who have heavy menstrual flow and who also want to use a birth control method that is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Emcon belongs to a group of drugs called progestins which change the lining of the uterus, alter cervical mucus, and make it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus.
This medication comes in the form of a plastic device that is inserted by a healthcare provider into the uterus.
Common side effects of Emcon include irregular menstrual periods, back pain, headache, and nausea.
What is the dosage for oral Emcon?
- Emergency contraception pills should be taken as soon as possible and not more than 72 hours after unprotected sex or when birth control fails.
- Single dose regimen: Take one 1.5 mg tablet as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex or when birth control fails.
- Two-dose regimen: Take one 0.75 mg tablet as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex or when birth control fails, followed by a second 0.75 mg tablet 12 hours later.
What are some other side effects of Emcon?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
As a form of progesterone, Emcon exerts its actions on the hypothalamus through a negative feedback mechanism, which causes a decrease in the secretion of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Both LH and FSH normally stimulate ovulation. Thus, by reducing their secretion, Emcon serves to inhibit ovulation. The drug also inhibits implantation, the point when a fertilized egg embeds in the uterine wall, where it will grow and develop into an embryo. In addition, Emcon causes the mucus in the cervix to thicken, which blocks the ability of sperm to travel through the uterus and into the fallopian tubes, where fertilization of the egg by a sperm normally takes place.
In the early 1980s Emcon became w > Norplant. In this system Emcon was implanted beneath the skin of the upper arm in six Silastic (silicone-plastic) capsules, which prov > Norplant II (Jadelle), which uses a different synthetic progestogen, called etonogestrel, implanted under the skin in specially designed rods the size of matchsticks.
How should this medicine be used?
Emcon comes as a tablet to take by mouth. If you are taking Emcon as a single tablet product , take one tablet as soon as possible within 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse. If you are taking Emcon as a two tablet product, take one tablet as soon as possible within 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse and take a second dose 12 hours later. Emcon works best if it is taken as soon as possible after unprotected sexual intercourse. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Emcon exactly as directed.
If you vomit less than 2 hours after you take a dose of Emcon, call your doctor. You may need to take another dose of this medication.
Because you can become pregnant soon after treatment with Emcon, you should continue using your regular method of birth control or begin using regular birth control immediately.
Emcon is the biologically active form of norgestrel and is one of the most potent orally active progestins.