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New dosage advice for morning-after Pill

GPs prescribing the morning-after Pill Levonelle-2 should tell patients to take both doses at the same time rather than 12 hours apart, following the approval of new dosage instructions.

The new dosage approved by the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Agency replaces previous instructions to take the pills, which each contain one dose of 0.75mg levonorgestrel, 12 hours apart, after a WHO study showed no difference in efficacy or side-effects between the two regimens.

Packs of Levonelle-2 are being updated from January. But GPs are being advised to start following the new regimen now, explaining to patients the discrepancy between their advice and the patient information leaflet.

Individual PCTs will decide how to introduce the changes into patient group directions.

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